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September is Canine Arthritis Awareness Month

The Hip Hip Hurray canine arthritis awareness campaign aims to get Britain’s dogs back on their feet! Through education, awareness and support caring pet owners can discover everything they need to know about the condition - prevention, signs and treatment.

Over 1 million dogs in the UK suffer from osteoarthritis. And just like human sufferers, they experience pain, stiffness and lack of mobility. Owners may simply think lameness is due to old age and as dogs don’t express their pain in quite the same way, many could be suffering in silence.

Veterinary practices up and down the country will be registering their support for Canine Arthritis Awareness Month in September. Make an appointment with your registered vet for an arthritis check. If required your vet may dispense a 14 tablet starter pack of Rimadyl Palatable Tablets free of charge.

Charlie Dimmock, TV gardener and animal lover has enthusiastically backed the campaign. "It seems far too many dogs in this country go untreated for osteoarthritis and are possibly suffering unnecessarily. I will certainly be taking Teddy, my family’s much loved elderly dog along for a check up. I advise anyone who is worried about their pet’s mobility to do the same – one phone call could change your dog’s life!"

The HIP HIP HURRAY web site www.dogarthritischeck.com went live August Ist and will offers a great source of information on canine arthritis – tips, treatment and care.

Call the HIP HIP HURRAY hotline 0870 1999 450 to identify your nearest participating veterinary practice.