Arthritis in back legs

From Steve with dog Buster
Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Pet Symptoms:

He has really bad arthritis in his back legs where he can hardly walk and is now incontinent.

Tried:

Metacam.

Our Advice:

Thank you for your email. I’m sorry to hear that Buster has developed arthritis. Arthritis can be a difficult condition to manage, as it is not possible to ‘cure’ the condition and make the arthritis go away – it’s a case of managing the symptoms and every dog is an individual in terms of how they will respond to¬† treatment! There are a few reasons why Buster is now toileting in the house – if his arthritis makes it too painful for him to get outside quickly this is one possible cause. Other possibilities are that Buster may have become ‘senile’ and not realise he is going, or it may be that he has also developed a neurological problem so he is unable to control his urination.

I would suggest that you make an appointment for Buster to see you local vet, who can examine him then advise on the most likely cause and possible ways forward.