Home care tips for arthritic dogs from Hampshire Vets

September 7, 2022

Just like in humans, a dog’s joints can stiffen and cause discomfort as they get older. Osteoarthritis affects over 80% of dogs over the age of 8 years (and some younger dogs too). To support Animal Pain Awareness Month, Head Vets Emily and Jamie at The Hampshire Vet are helping dog owners understand how to spot signs of pain and support their dog’s journey with this disease at home.

Adaptations for Arthritic Dogs

Signs and symptoms of canine arthritic pain can be difficult to see, especially when it is often subtle and intermittent. Dogs cannot tell us how they feel and are good at hiding pain and just ‘carrying on’. Therefore, it is no wonder that such a huge percentage are overlooked until they are at the latter stages of this debilitating disease.

Emily and Jamie explain that some of the symptoms of Osteoarthritis in dogs include:

  • Reluctance to exercise
  • Licking, biting, or over-grooming an area
  • Lameness or subtle shifting
  • Gait changes in how they walk and run
  • Struggling to get up from lying down
  • Unable to jump on and off things
  • Struggling with stairs
  • No longer wanting to play
  • Behaviour changes

If you notice any of these signs in your pet, it is best to get them looked at by a vet sooner rather than later. Arthritis can be very painful for pets and will affect their quality of life on a daily basis.

If your Vet is concerned, simple osteoarthritis x-rays can be taken to confirm diagnosis and then a treatment plan put in place. It is important to understand with arthritis that it is often a ‘multimodal’ treatment approach as there are many aspects that need to be considered. Part of this approach may include:

  • Drug therapy pain management
  • Physiotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Supplements
  • Diet adaptations
  • Home adaptations

It may be that 1 or 2 of these treatments are implemented initially and more built in as the disease progresses, but every patient is different and so will be their treatment programme.

Pre-register to join our veterinary practice

As well as the treatments available there are also some simple home and exercise adaptations and that can be made to improve your arthritic dog’s quality of life. Emily and Jamie are sharing their advice in a downloadable guide – get this here:


Get our Dog Arthritis Home Guide

You may also find the Canine Arthritis Management website helpful as it has advice and products for arthritic dogs – visit it now.

Strictly Necessary

These cookies are required for our website to operate and include items such as whether or not to display this pop-up box or your session when logging in to the website. These cookies cannot be disabled.


We use 3rd party services such as Google Analytics to measure the performance of our website. This helps us tailor the site content to our visitors needs.


From time to time, we may use cookies to store key pieces of information to make our site easier for you to use. Examples of this are remembering selected form options to speed up future uses of them. These cookies are not necessary for the site to work, but may enhance the browsing experience.


We may use advertising services that include tracking beacons to allow us to target our visitors with specific adverts on other platforms such as search or social media. These cookies are not required but may improve the services we offer and promote.

Change Settings

Welcome. You can control how we use cookies and 3rd party services below

Change Settings Accept
Learn how we use cookies