Signs of osteoarthritis

Does my dog have osteoarthritis?

It may be hard to tell. The signs of osteoarthritis (OA) may be subtle, and dogs can be good at hiding their pain. If you notice any of the following changes in your dog, talk to your veterinarian to discuss whether OA could be the cause:

  • Difficulty climbing stairs, walking, running, or jumping
  • Reluctance to play
  • Lameness, limping, or moving with an altered gait
  • Stiffness or slowness in rising from a resting position
  • Soreness upon being touched
  • Frequent yelping or whimpering or lack of vocalization
  • Excessive licking of a joint or leg
  • Behavioral changes such as withdrawal or aggression
  • Change in normal eating habits

It's emotionally challenging to see your dog in pain due to OA. However, it's important for you to recognize the signs and alert your veterinarian so a diagnosis can be made and proper care can be started. Fortunately, early treatment of pain and inflammation can allow your dog to remain comfortable longer. Ask your veterinarian about METACAM (meloxicam) Oral Suspension.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: METACAM Oral Suspension is only approved for use in dogs.The safe use of METACAM Oral Suspension in dogs younger than 6 months of age, dogs used for breeding, or pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Click here to view the package insert for complete product information.