Make a stand for joint health in dogs

Helping your dog live a happier, more mobile life.

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osteoarthritis (OA) in dogs.

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What are the signs to look
for in your dog?

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How to manage life with a dog
that has the condition

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Join the Movement is a campaign that's all about building awareness of osteoarthritis(OA) in dogs -
and helping owners help their dogs to have a happier, more mobile life together.





OA in dogs is a painful joint-deteriorating condition that limits mobility and affects quality of life for both the dogs and their owners. There is no cure, but the good news is that there are effective ways to delay and manage it - giving dogs a happier, more mobile life with reduced pain.

OA is often caused when cartilage around the joints deteriorates. This can be initially through wear and tear, or an underlying condition. As the joint deteriorates, tiny parts of the cartilage can break away, and move into the fluid part of the joint. The body’s own immune system then sees these as ‘foreign bodies’ and attacks, causing a cycle of increased inflammation, cartilage damage and pain.

What are the signs to look
for in your dog?

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How to manage life with a dog
that has the condition

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Join the Movement and help more dogs
and their owners do more together!

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If OA is diagnosed, your vet will work with you to develop a tailored plan to address your dog’s specific problems. This may involve what is known as a ‘multi-modal’ approach.

  • Pain relief medication
  • A daily joint supplement
  • Physiotherapy
  • Weight management, if necessary


porgress tracker

Download a simple tool for
tracking progress with your vet

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Here are some useful tips to help your dog feel better – so you can both enjoy life and do more together:

Work with your vet


This condition needs long term management – so take your dog on regular visits to the vet to allow them to track progress and make necessary modifications to the treatment plan

Use the tracker on [page x] to help you and your vet monitor progress

Always follow the vet’s instructions carefully to ensure treatment has the best chance of working quickly – so why not try keeping a calendar that’s accessible to all the family so each dose can be ticked off? Or set a reminder on your phone?


Focus on weight management


Reduce the strain on your dog’s joints by managing their body condition and weight

Your vet surgery or a quality food manufacturer will be able to provide guidance on the right options

Make sure you avoid feeding inappropriate food – such as extra treats or human foods

Showing your dog you love them by over-feeding can harm them in the long run!


A gentle exercise programme


Look for a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) for help with designing an appropriate exercise routine to improve mobility

If you can’t find one, don’t worry – check what your vet recommends

Remember – if your dog shows signs of increased pain or stiffness while exercising, then it’s probably time to reduce the amount or intensity of the exercise.


Be aware of your home temperature


Keep your dog warm and dry – as cold and damp conditions can worsen their condition.


Create a comfortable environment


Provide your dog with a well-padded and warm bed

Replace steps with ramps where possible

Put a rug on slippery surfaces so they don’t scrabble for grip as they walk

A padded or soft play area is also a good idea to reduce impact on their joints.


And finally - let them know they're loved!


Make sure your dog knows they are loved!

Plenty of affection, gentle strokes and a low-stress environment helps them feel secure, calm and better able to deal with their osteoarthritis.


Spot the signs

The early stages of osteoarthritis (OA) in dogs can involve joint stiffness or decreased mobility – which can be subtle and difficult to detect.

Look for any of the following signs and be prepared to discuss them with your vet:

Stiffness, abnormal gait or limping


Showing difficulty when jumping into cars or climbing stairs


Reduced mobility – such as reluctance to get up or lie down, particularly on colder days


Changes in eating habits, e.g. decreased appetite


Swollen joints


Changes in grooming habits, e.g. licking/chewing their joints


Whimpering with pain or crying, even when comforted or when touched near to joints


Becoming unusually anxious or depressed


Spotting one or more of the signs does not automatically mean your dog has osteoarthritis(OA) –
but if you do spot them it is advisable to take your dog to see the vet.


If your dog is diagnosed with osteoarthritis(OA) and your vet has put them on a course of treatment, you and your vet will want to track progress.

Download this simple tracker and use it to monitor your dog’s condition. Your vet can then tailor the programme to get the best results for you and your dog.


porgress tracker

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Track of Progress download


About Join The Movement

Join the Movement is an initiative by Vetoquinol UK – a leading global provider of animal care solutions – to address the low awareness and diagnosis of osteoarthritis(OA) in dogs. We set up Join the Movement to help owners care for their dogs suffering from osteoarthritis(OA).

So, we set ourselves three key objectives:

1. Firstly to raise awareness of osteoarthritis(OA) amongst dog owners to increase preventative action

2. Then to help owners identify the signs in their own dog

3. Finally – if diagnosed – to enable the vet and owner to improve the management of the condition, so that both owner and dog have a better life and can do more together.





Join the Movement Now is provided by Vetoquinol UK.

For more information, contact Vetoquinol UK:

Tel: 01280 814500


Vetoquinol UK Ltd, Steadings Barn, Pury Hill Business Park, Nr Alderton, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 7LS



Vetoquinol UK Ltd

Steadings Barn, Pury Hill Business Park, Nr Alderton, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 7LS

+44 (0) 1280 814500  |  +44 (0) 1280 825460

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