There are several types of arthritis that can affect your dog. Some of these are very treatable, others less so. In either event, I think it is a good idea to get her looked at by a vet.
In terms of general activities/considerations as a lot of the arthritis management truisms for us apply to them1:
Make sure that her weight is ideal. Heavier dogs are ...
90% of cats have arthritis by age 12.
Signs of arthritis are:
Trouble getting in or to the litterbox.
Greasy, unkempt fur - unable to groom themselves.
Missing jumps, hesistant to jump.
No longer using scratching posts (nails become overgrown)
No longer wanting to play
Difficulty climbing stairs
How to help
Veterinary consultation for anti-inflammatories -...
Please do not be afraid of taking your cat to the vet; not a single vet I know of wants to put an animal down if it can be avoided.
Your cat's pain can be treated by daily pain medication and it will help your cat live a better life, so take your cat to the vet to get the pain and other age related problems treated.
NEVER EVER GIVE YOUR CAT (or other pet) ...
As you point out, cats are incredibly "stoic" and will hide pain behavior. If your cat is visibly in pain that is often an indication that they are in significant pain.
In other words, by the time you are noticing changes in behavior it may already be severe. You should go to the veterinarian as soon as you can.
Based on your description, it may be ...
If you know any children or sisters then contact them. This indicates some serious problems.
Try and get in the house to look for problems.
Dogs are a pretty good judge of character. Dog was not aggressive to you. She is abusing this dog even if she does not understand it.
When the dog was in your yard it was a stray.
The answer to your question given in great details in the sites:
Arthirits symptoms and pain relief (source: pets.webmd.com);
Arthritis and degenerative joint disease in cats (source: icatcare.org);
Points to mention here are:
Symptoms of arthritis:
Reluctance, hesitance or refusal to jump up or down
METACAM (meloxicam) is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) with the primary purpose of reducing the hormones that cause inflammation and pain in arthritic patients. So thats the obvious benefit of it, basically pain management and reduced joint swelling.
The FDA warning aside, which is massively alarming all on it's own, a risk associated with ...
Make sure there's an upstairs and downstairs litterbox, so she can easily get to one without navigating stairs. She will probably benefit from a litterbox with shorter sides, so it's easier to get in and out of. Better to do this before she starts "forgetting" to use the litter box because it's too much effort.
She might like it if you carry her downstairs ...
First, thank you for caring for your kitty into his senior and geriatric years. You have done the right things by offering him multiple, flat litter boxes throughout the house so he doesn't have to step high to get in or out. If you have two floors to your house, be sure there are litter boxes on each floor (but I'm sure you've already done this).
Like many of the substances used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Rehmannia (aka Rehmannia 8 or Bawei Dihuang Wan) seems to be credited by it's proponents with being able to treat/cure a huge variety of ailments -
Nephritis (nephrosclerosis, nephrolithiasis, nephrotuberculosis), pyelitis (nephroatrophy), albuminuria, and edema.
I can't say specifically what an appropriate omega 3 dose is for a dog. But what we've been doing with our dog is just buying cans of oily fish like sardines, and using them to 'top' her normal food. About a third of a tin for each meal (twice daily) for our 25kg mongrel. Definitely makes her food more attractive, and also gives here an assortment of useful ...
There are clinical studies I have seen of rehmannia, especially Canadian journal of medicine I think, rehemania for kidney support. Rehmannia is very helpful in protecting the kidneys during kidney failure... I think this is due to not allowing them to take up certain electrolytes, so they do not have to be excreted.
Herbal remedies for arthritis that you ...
Very well could be from arthritis, you can always add arm and hammer baking soda to the litter to reduce smell or just pick it up once she poops. There are also self cleaning litter boxes that clean the litter after a pee or poop (though some cats get scared of these).
Have you changed the litter at all?
There is some good information at medirabbit.com
Dosage: 10 - 100 mg/kg (up to 400 mg/kg)
Method and Frequency; By Mouth 1 to 3 times daily
Aspirin is a blood thinner and must therefore be avoided in case there are internal bleedings or when
surgery is planned
Dosage: 0.1 - 0.2 mg/kg (up to 1.5 mg/kg if needed)
Method and ...
There are plenty of things you can do to help easy your dog's arthritis pain related to old age. I have a 14 year old malamute/shepherd mix and recently his hips have started to go down hill pretty fast. I keep him in an ideal weight for his size and feed him special dog food intended for older dogs. While I'm sure there are also supplements on the market ...