Arthritis is a painful condition
Sure your dog is not howling in pain but dogs aren’t like that. They might be wagging their tails looking to you for attention but that doesn’t mean they are not in pain.
Make no mistake about it, If your dog limps or is stiff when they get up they are in pain!
Because dogs walk on 4 limbs not 2 it takes a lot more pain for them to limp than it does for us to limp. By the time they become lame they are at a much advanced level of degeneration than us weak 2-legged animals.
Using pain relief
Pain relief is really important and should never be overlooked. There are lots of options available.
Most commonly I use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Sometimes it is necessary to try some different NSAIDs to find one that works as individual animals often respond differently to different NSAIDs. There can be side effects from these medications. The most common side effect is gastrointestinal upset (vomiting &/or diarrhoea). NSAIDs are generally not suitable for animals with kidney disease and in these cases alternative medications should be used.
The most important thing to remember here is that arthritis is a painful condition and therefore pain relief is necessary.