Vet Examination

If you suspect that your dog may be in pain, your veterinarian will need to conduct an examination to determine if your dog has OA.

Before the exam:

As with any medical exam, it’s helpful to be prepared with some highlights and questions that you’ll want to discuss with your veterinarian. This downloadable questionnaire is a helpful preparation tool you can fill out at home to identify any potential signs of pain you see in your dog. Because your veterinarian may recommend PREVICOX (firocoxib) to help treat your dog’s pain and inflammation caused by OA, it’s important to be prepared to answer some questions about your dog's current health, including information about any medications/supplements that your dog receives. He or she will need to know about your dog’s current health and any medications and supplements he or she is currently taking. You can find a checklist of important questions you should be prepared to answer here.

At the exam:


Your veterinarian may use several diagnostic tools to determine whether your dog has arthritis. An orthopedic exam usually involves assessing your dog’s range of movement or checking the joints for signs of pain, swelling, or tenderness. Watch a video exam demonstration by a veterinarian here. Your veterinarian may also take an x-ray to assess your dog's joints. If your veterinarian finds evidence of canine osteoarthritis, ask for information about treatment options and if PREVICOX should be part of your dog’s treatment plan.

Treatment Recommendation:

If your veterinarian diagnoses your dog with OA, he or she may recommend a combination of the following to provide comfort and keep your dog as comfortable and active as possible:

  • Weight control
  • Proper diet
  • Controlled exercise and physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs
  • Disease-modifying agents

Treatment is not a cure for osteoarthritis, but it can reduce pain and inflammation, slow progression of the disease, and improve or maintain joint function as much as possible.

Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s recommendations closely regarding these and other factors that affect your dog’s well-being.