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Can dogs get arthritis in their back?
If you have an older dog who has started to slow down on walks and has difficulty getting up and down the stairs, your dog may be suffering from arthritis. This disease, most commonly seen in older dogs, can affect the legs, hips, back, and more—making everyday movements painful.
How common is arthritis in dogs?
The older your dog is, the greater the chances that his sudden lack of appetite, slow movement or fatigue are due to arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 20% of all adult dogs have arthritis, or about 1 in 5. If, however, your dog is more than 7 years of age, there's a 65% chance he's suffering from the disease. In other words, more than half of all older dogs have arthritis.