Below is a simple assessment which can be used to try and gauge the degree of pain your dog may be suffering as a result of arthritis, or some other similar joint disorder. Please note that this is just a very simplistic form of assessment, and it is always recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian if you suspect a problem could be developing and your dog is suffering from sustained symptoms of pain. There are many conditions which can lead to pain in these regions so it is important that you get an accurate diagnosis, so that a suitable, effective treatment plan can be implemented.

The tool can be used in order to try and gauge the effectiveness of different forms of treatment which you introduce. By carrying out regular assessments over time and recording the results it is possible to observe certain trends, related to changes in the scores assigned. For example, if the overall score increases after starting a new form of treatment then this can be indication that this has had a positive effect on your dog's condition.

In order to effectively use this assessment tool you must:

  • Carefully read each question.
  • Select the box based on the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and how it relates to your dog.
  • Select one box for each each of the questions.
  • Click the 'Evaluate Responses' button when you have answered each question as accurately as you can.

Mobility Score Indicators

The following number ranges indicate the degree to which your dog may be affected by arthritis:

  6–7   Very severe arthritic symptoms
  8–14   Severe arthritic symptoms
  15–21   Moderate arthritic symptoms
  22–28   Mild arthritic symptoms
  29–30   Probably not affected by arthritis


Survey Questions

Please indicate to what extent you agree or disagree with the following statements. Each response will be assigned an individual score, which collectively will help to give an assessment score which will help to determine the degree of joint pain your dog is experiencing.

Questions Strongly Agree Agree Sometimes Disagree Strongly Disagree Individual Score
Rises from a resting position with difficulty

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Suffers from stiffness, especially after resting or in a cold climate

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Shows reluctance to play or run around

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Hesitates to jump up, climb stairs or reach elevated positions.

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Tires easily and lags behind during walks, or has a limp

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Shows a reaction to pain when touched in certain areas

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Please choose one option for each of the statements.
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Based on your responses to the survey questions, your dog appears to be showing very severe arthritic symptoms.
Based on your responses to the survey questions, your dog appears to be showing severe arthritic symptoms.
Based on your responses to the survey questions, your dog appears to be showing moderate arthritic symptoms.
Based on your responses to the survey questions, your dog appears to be showing mild arthritic symptoms.
Based on your responses to the survey questions, your dog is probably not affected by arthritis.

* Based on a concept derived from Hill's Mobility Calculator, with additional thanks to Sydney Animal Hospitals (NSW).