Your dog’s response to anti-inflammatories is very important in the diagnosis of arthritis, as well as for treatment. If a dog does not improve when given anti-inflammatory medication the diagnosis should be reviewed.
Arthritis is a complex disease which may have severe clinical signs but little evidence on X-rays and joint fluid, or mild clinical signs and extreme visibility on X-rays.
The keys to a correct diagnosis are:
- Observations made by the owner related to mobility and discomfort, such as; lethargy, sleeping more, unenthusiastic on walks, hesitant or unable to jump into car or onto sofa, slow getting up from laying down
- A thorough clinical examination by the vet checking for other complaints that cause similar signs
- An orthopaedic examination by the vet to locate the pain to a limb/ joint/joints
- Appropriate investigations to rule out other possible disease such as slipped disc disease or immune-mediated joint disease
- Response to treatment.