when to see a vet?
The signs of arthritis are not solely linked to this disease and can also be common clinical signs of other diseases. Diagnosis is key and the only professionals trained and legally permitted to diagnose are vets.
Without a diagnosis the wrong disease may be treated. This means your dog may be getting the wrong medication, you may be getting the wrong advice, you may be investing funds inappropriately, and worst of all your pet may not be getting the treatment they require, leading to suffering.
A vet will listen carefully to your observations, read your dog’s history, and perform a thorough examination. He or she may suggest further investigations to ensure an accurate diagnosis is made before prescribing a treatment plan. It is better to know what is happening with your dog than to speculate.