While dogs experience pain just like you or me, they don't often show it. That's why it's up to you and your veterinarian to try to identify and minimize pain and increase comfort by offering pain medication.
Just like people, many dogs suffer from arthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. Arthritis is a condition in which the joints become inflamed, swollen, and painful. Dogs with mild arthritis may have slight stiffness of the joints. Those with more severe disease may have limping and lameness. Sadly, most arthritic dogs have some loss of mobility due to pain. The bones and joints most commonly affected are the hips, knees, elbows, shoulders, and spine.
The good news is that veterinarians can prescribe METACAM ® for dogs living with arthritic pain to help them find relief and get them back to doing the things you both love.