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Canine Arthritis Month

September’s Hip Hip Hurray Canine Arthritis Awareness Month aims to get Britain’s dogs back on their feet through education, advice and support providing caring pet owners with 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 us 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.

As a result of the fantastic success of last year’s campaign over 15,000 thousand dogs were seen by their vet during Canine Arthritis Awareness Month. This year, hundreds of Veterinary practices up and down the country have registered their support while owners are being encouraged to make an appointment for their pets during September for an arthritis check. Many of the participating vets will be offering free or discounted checks. A free 14 tablets starter pack of Rimadyl Palatable will be given for pain relief to dogs newly diagnosed or existing suffers of canine osteoarthritis.

“Last year Canine Arthritis Awareness month made a huge difference to the lives of thousands of dogs and this September we plan to ensure even more pets are taken to their vet for an arthritis check. I advise anyone who is worried about their dog’s mobility to contact their vet – one phone call could change a dog’s life!,” says Charlie Dimmock, TV gardener and animal lover who is supporting the campaign.

The Hip Hip Hurray web site www.dogarthritischeck.com goes live August Ist and will offer a great source of information on canine arthritis – tips, treatment and care. A canine arthritis information sheet highlighting warning signs and symptoms may be downloaded from the web site or picked up from participating practices.

Call the Hip Hip Hurray hotline 0870 199 5125 to identify your nearest participating veterinary practice.