More dogs are needed for an arthritis study being run by the University of Bristol.
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.
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 email@example.com or telephone 07510 993922.
- More information and a screening questionnaire can be found on the Bristol Dog Arthritis Study website.