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My Dog has Arthritis in his Hind Rear Paws. The Paws are Clicking and Knuckling Over. What Should I Do?

My Dog has Arthritis in his Hind Rear Paws. The Paws are Clicking and Knuckling Over. What Should I Do?

If your dog has arthritis in its back paws, it can be painful and make it hard for it to walk. Arthritis is a progressive, life-long medical condition that doesn't usually get better over time. It is important to make your dog as comfortable as possible with the condition.

Signs your dog might have arthritis:

  • Painful joints
  • Swollen joints
  • Lameness or limping
  • Difficult getting up or lying down
  • Joint clicking
  • Reluctance to climb up or down (stairs, outside etc)

It is important to make your dog as comfortable as possible so any pain is minimised.

Help your dog with arthritis in their paws:

  • Get good dog boots with extra thick padding - Your dog can wear them around the house or on walks. As arthritis is painful, their joints must be as comfortable as possible. The extra cushioning means they can walk more easily and for longer, find dog boots here
  • A good orthopaedic dog bed - Make sure your dog has a good deep bed, which is soft. This will make it extra comfortable for their joints, find our orthopedic dog bed here
  • Joint supplements - Find a joint supplement. Supplements, which include glucosamine and chondroitin, support joint health and reduce arthritic symptoms. In addition, research has shown that foods that provide high levels of omega-3 fatty acids can also help decrease inflammation.
  • Physiotherapy - Physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises can really help to improve joint function and ease pain. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic manipulation can also have great results.
  • Orthopedic aids - Orthopaedic beds, ramps, slings and braces etc. can all help improve your dog's comfort

Degenerative Myelopathy

If your dog's paws are curling and dragging, it may be another medical condition called Degenerative Myelopathy. This is most common in German Shepherds, French Bulldogs and other breeds. Read more about Degenerative Myelopathy here.

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