[Before you read this, please know that I am not at all trying to minimize anyone's pain nor am I trying to minimize or demean anyone by asking this question.]
I guess this is slightly off topic but I don't really know who else to ask. Someone I know has a dog with arthritis. The dog looks miserable, his legs constantly collapse, he has a horrible time standing up and often needs assistance to do so (someone has to support his back end so he can get up). The arthritis affects his hips primarily but also involves all leg joints.
This has been diagnosed 100% as arthritis. I'm guess OA rather than RA as he is really old.
My friend says that the vet said that even with the arthritis, he is in no pain--the arthritis causes severe dysfunction yet is painless.
My question: Have you ever heard of any type of arthritis that causes no pain?
In my mind, joints are joints. Is it possible that my friend is hearing what she wants to or that the vet is not being completely honest with her?
It just kills me to see this dog struggle to get up, stand up, and move around. He can no longer do stairs and going in and out to the bathroom, even when using the wheelchair ramp, is difficult for him. Maybe I'm projecting but being around him and looking him in the eyes is hard for me because despite what the vet said, it appears he is suffering.
Any suggestions/advice/help you can give is greatly appreciated. Again, I don't mean to offend anyone by bringing this up in a human forum. My apologies to anyone who I've upset.