How will my veterinarian diagnose osteoarthritis in my dog?

In addition to observing and discussing signs of OA, such as limping and changes in behavior with you, your veterinarian has several diagnostic tools available for determining whether your dog has arthritis. Your veterinarian may conduct an orthopedic exam to ascertain the presence of joint pain, swelling, and/or tenderness. He or she may also take an x-ray that can show bone changes that would be related to OA. Read more information on what to expect and how to prepare for an OA examination here.