Illness: Arthritis is an abnormal, destructive joint process that can reduce a dog's ability to move and can also evoke pain.
Symptoms: Stiffness after moving, limited movement, joint swelling, difficulty getting up, lying down, walking
Who's Affected & Why: Arthritis can affect dogs of any breed, but is most common in large breeds and those have common hereditary diseases that affect the joints, such as hip dysplasia. In these breeds, arthritis afflicts 70 to 80 percent of dogs, according to a study released by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
How to Prevent & Cope: Regular exercise is essential in order to prevent or reduce the likelihood of developing arthritis. In addition, maintaining a healthy body weight and diet is also key. If you find that your dog may have arthritis, identifying it early can help reduce the long term effects of arthritis. (Vetstreet)