Find out more about
osteoarthritis (OA) in dogs.
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.
Join the Movement and help more dogs
and their owners do more together!
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.
Download a simple tool for
tracking progress with your vet
Here are some useful tips to help your dog feel better – so you can both enjoy life and do more together:
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?
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!
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.
Keep your dog warm and dry – as cold and damp conditions can worsen their condition.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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Building wider awareness of osteoarthritis (OA) will enable us to help more dogs manage the condition and live a happier, more mobile life.
You can help – by spreading the word! Make your friends and social contacts aware of the campaign so they can also find out if their dog is suffering. Not only will you be helping more dogs and their owners do more together, but you could also win a beautiful and unique portrait of your own dog to treasure.
To help us raise awareness and for a chance to win a pet portrait of your dog simply:
Each month we’ll look at all qualifying entries and draw one dog owner to win a FREE portrait of their pet.
Winners will be announced on our Facebook page - don't forget to like us to get notifications.
Join the Movement Now is provided by Vetoquinol UK makers of Cimalgex.
For more information, contact Vetoquinol UK:
Tel: 01280 814500
Vetoquinol UK Ltd, Steadings Barn, Pury Hill Business Park, Nr Alderton, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 7LS