When to Euthanize a Dog With Arthritis? Vet Advice!

Arthritis is a common ailment that affects dogs, and just like humans, the condition can become severe.

If you are informed that this bone ailment cannot be effectively treated or cured, your veterinarian can guide you on when to euthanize a dog with arthritis.

Before we go deeper into the instances when to euthanize a dog with arthritis, let’s understand this joint ailment a little bit better.

Canine arthritis causes joint inflammation and chronic pain leading to extreme joint malformation. This joint ailment is common in aging dogs, but it can also appear in younger ones due to injury.

Causes of Arthritis in Dogs

Osteoarthritis occurs due to mechanical corrosion, which causes joint cartilage to deplete. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune ailment caused by the dog’s immune system attacking its joints.

Osteoarthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Just like other medical ailments, arthritis in dogs ranges in severity. In this case, four stages define a dog’s symptoms and joint deterioration.

Stages of Arthritis in Dogs

Dogs that fall into this category include those with prior injuries, large breeds, and breeds predisposed to bone disorders.

Stage 1

During this stage, dogs start showing mild signs of arthritis. Some of the common symptoms experienced include slight joint stiffness and reduced flexibility.

Stage 2

In this phase, dogs begin to display noticeable symptoms of arthritis. Joint stiffness and pain become more prevalent, making it hard for the dog to do its daily activities.

Stage 3

Once a dog gets to this phase of the condition, it will exhibit severe symptoms of bone degeneration. Some common signs are difficulty moving,  lameness, altered gait, and reduced limb.

Stage 4

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