More dogs are needed for an arthritis study being run by the University of Bristol.

Golden retriever
Large breeds, such as golden retrievers, are genetically predisposed to degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis.

A team of animal health and welfare specialists hopes the three-year study will discover more about osteoarthritis in dogs and, ultimately, improve treatment.

Members of the public who own a dog heavier than 12kg and showing signs of osteoarthritis in the hind limbs, living in Bristol and the surrounding area, are invited to take part in the project. The research team is also looking for a control group of dogs older than six years and the same weight that are fit and well.

What’s involved?

Owners will be asked to bring their dog to the vet school four times in a two-month period.

Each visit will involve a full clinical examination by a vet, including a physical and orthopaedic examination, routine health screening of a blood sample, x-rays, sensory testing and follow-up advice about optimising pain treatment.

To apply for your dog to take part in the study, email or telephone 07510 993922.

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