Your dog with arthritis CAN have a healthy and active life!
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The Truth About Canine Arthritis

  • Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs. It is estimated that 30-40% of dogs have pain due to arthritis.
  • A common misconception is that arthritis only affects older dogs. This is actually far from the truth. A recent study found that 40% of dogs less than 4 years old already show signs of arthritis on their x-rays. (Enomoto M, et al. 2024) However, just because there are x-ray changes doesn’t always mean that your dog with have arthritis pain. It is important to understand the symptoms of arthritis pain and work with your veterinarian to have a pro-active approach for diagnosis and management of arthritis.
  • There are also things that you can do to reduce the chances of your dog developing arthritis pain. Most importantly- keeping them at a lean body condition (don’t over-feed) and making sure they get regular exercise.
  • CARE (Canine Arthritis Resources and Education) is here to help you! Whether you’re a veterinary professional or a dog owner, CARE offers free, evidence-based resources to identify symptoms and manage arthritis in the dogs we love.

The Good News for Dogs with Arthritis

There are many things you can do to help the dogs in your life stay active and enjoy a high quality of life, whether they have arthritis or are at risk for developing it!

But it can be hard to know what really helps. CARE cuts through the noise and clutter, providing free tips and resources that have been shown to make a difference and help you manage arthritis successfully.


7 principles of exercise special report

Regular exercise, done correctly, is one of the best things you can do to help your dog stay healthy and active. Exercise can also reduce the pain of arthritis. But it is important that the right type of exercise is done in the right amount. Download this special report to learn how to start a home exercise routine with your dog.
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Information shared on the CARE website is solely for educational purposes. None of the CARE content is meant to diagnose or treat individual dogs. Dr. Kirkby Shaw does not have a client-patient relationship with all CARE members. If you have questions or concerns about your dog, it is important to address those with your veterinarian. Information on CARE is not intended to replace your relationship with your veterinarian but rather is designed to help facilitate discussions about the best treatments for your dog.


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