An Owner's Guide  - Help Your Dog with Osteoarthritis - Lifestyle Management Tips

Research shows (, 2019), osteoarthritis was the most common musculoskeletal disorder recorded by vets.  Dogs of any age can have osteoarthritis and the chances increase as dogs age, so it's likely that most have or will be affected.  


Any breed can develop osteoarthritis with some being predisposed such as

  • Golden Retrievers

  • Rottweilers

  • Labradors

  • German Shepherds

  • English Springer Spaniels

Other research shows that up to 68% of dogs who start to show unwanted behaviour (such as aggression) was because the dog was in pain.  Arthritis is one of the main causes of elective and early euthanasia of dogs in the UK.  (CAM 2019). 

“It is clear that owners can help too, as by keeping their dogs healthy and fit, and ensuring they don’t put on excess weight, their dogs have a better chance of avoiding this condition."  RVC, 2020)

But what can owners do?  Lots and can have a HUGE impact.

An Owner's Guide - Help Your Dog with Osteoarthritis -

Lifestyle Management Tips - eBook

This guide is designed to help educate owners with bitesize chunks of evidence based information to help them understand what osteoarthritis is and - in addition to advice from their vet - what lifestyle management decisions they can make to help their dogs feel and move better.


Most are free to implement and many have instant benefits is the kind of advice I always give to owners when I first start treating their dogs.  

Untreated arthritis can be a painful condition that can affect young, as well as older dogs. But age isn't a disease, and just because your dog is getting old, or starting to slow down, it doesn't mean they need to suffer or miss out. By making small, and often free, lifestyle adjustments you can ensure your dog is still able to enjoy a good quality of life.  

What Owners can do to help with their dogs with osteoarthritis

"I just wanted to thank Harriet for the fantastic e-book regarding helping dogs with Osteoarthritis.  The advice was spot on and so helpful for owners. The lifestyle management tips are easy to implement.  This ebook is really well researched and written while still being easy to understand. Something I will keep for many years as a great guide for myself and my dog walking clients and friends." AF, Owner & Dog Walker

"This ebook really helps breakdown how arthritis in dogs really impacts them, using plain English. I always assumed arthritis only affected older dogs and never realised actually how common it is!" KB Owner

"Seems to be "connecting" more now and making eye contact" SW, owner

"This ebook is laid out well, written clearly and simply using terminology we all understand so it’s easy to read.  This book is rammed with easy, practical advice and suggests things you might not have even considered that could help your dog!  Appears happier & wants to play!" SG, owner


"Rushes up to greet me now when I walk into the room.  Wants to play with their toys again", LS owner

"My Labrador is definitely moving with more of a spring in his step, which at 11 years old, I feel is an amazing achievement, having been curtailed for a few years with various joint issues." CW Owner


"My elderly dog is finding it a lot easier to get up off the floor and has also been doing the odd little jog now and then on his walks" MP, Owner


"Been very energetic this week and not as sleepy as usual" VP, Owner



What You Will Learn

  • What is Osteoarthritis

  • What are the signs

    • What to look out for regarding their movement & behaviour

    • Is my dog in pain?

  • What owners can do to help identify, slow progression and manage osteoarthritis

  • Simple, easy, low cost - or free lifestyle management advice & recommendations 

    • Create a safe environment for your dog​

    • Reduce pain levels

    • Reduce the chance of your dog hurting themselves 

    • Potentially save money on vet bills

    • Boost your dogs wellbeing 

    • Give your dog the best chance of a happy and healthy life​

  • Some suggestions can deliver almost instant benefits to your dog and work alongside advice from your vet and other professionals. 

  • This isn't a replacement for therapy sessions.

Who is This For?

  • Dog Owners who want to know where to start to help their dogs

  • Relevant for dogs of all age and breeds

    • Not just for senior dogs

    • Dogs of any age can develop and show signs of osteoarthritis at just a few months old.  

  • Even if your dog hasn't been diagnosed or appear to be affected with osteoarthritis, lifestyle management can help delay the progression.

What Can you Expect?

Practical tips to help make life less painful and easier for your dog.  So simple things like getting out of bed don't hurt as much, going out for a walk can still be fun and not dreaded.

  • Your dog to be in less pain

  • Your dog to be able to enjoy life to the full

  • Your dog to be able to enjoy their food and not struggle to eat

  • Your dog to be able more comfortable in their movement

  • Your dog to be happier

  • Don't just take my word for it, check out the reviews!

An Owners Guide - Help Identify, Slow Progression & Manage Osteoarthritis in Dogs - Lifestyle Management Webinar

What You Will Receive​​

  • Evidence based expert advice from a Vet Physiotherapist

  • Available to watch OnDemand

  • Sent by email as a link

  • Can be viewed on any device

  • Lifetime access

This webinar is open to all, not just for those who's dog had been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis

During this one hour webinar you will learn:

  • What is osteoarthritis

  • What are the causes and signs

  • What lifestyle adjustments can you make to help slow progression and manage the condition​

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