Problems associated with arthritis are common to geriatric dogs but are not exclusive to older pets. Some dogs are predisposed to arthritis through breeding, weight or joint stress. One in five adult dogs has some form of arthritis. Pain associated from arthritis can be debilitating and cause significant loss in range of motion. Dogs age at a rate of five to seven years for every one of ours. This suggests that health problems can progress five to seven times faster for your pet. With appropriate veterinary care and good nutrition, your pet’s senior years can be healthy and happy. You know your dog better than anyone, he relies on you to provide for his changing health needs. Providing continuing veterinary care, good nutrition and love are priceless gifts that you can give to make these special years to share with your dog.
Petmd - how to recognize and manage canine arthritis
VetInfo – this site contains information on canine arthritis
Petfinder - caring for a senior dog with arthritis