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Canine Arthritis Relief

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Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs. It affects 80% of dogs over the age of 8 years old, and potentially up to 35% of dogs of all ages. It is considered a welfare concern in companion animals such as dogs, especially if left untreated.

If you suspect your dog might have arthritis, or have been told that your dog does have arthritis, then a good place to start is by learning more about the disease.

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Canine Arthritis Clinics

We are here to support you and your dog through their journey with this progressive disease. The Canine Fitness Centre is the first (and only) UK clinic to be declared a strategic partner for Canine Arthritis Management. In doing so we ensure through our specialist Arthritis clinics that caring for a dog with Arthritis isn’t stressful, and your dog gets access to the best possible supporting treatments. Our ultimate aim is to reduce your dog’s pain, improve their mobility and help them live their best life!

The more advanced the arthritis the more regular treatment is beneficial. We offer a package price including supplements, discounts and training on a monthly rolling fee to help make your life with an arthritic dog as easy as possible. But because Arthritis affects each dog different we offer each service and product individually – more details are on our pricing page or below.

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Canine Arthritis Clinic Consultation

Our Canine Arthritis Clinic Consultations complement your vet through education, rehabilitation, musculoskeletal treatments, modifying lifestyles, and empowering positive change in routines. We take a full, uninterrupted, 90 minute session to ensure YOU can manage and direct your dog’s treatment plan.

Prior to your first consultation, we will send you a small questionnaire to get you thinking about your dog’s everyday routine, behaviour and habits. Then, at your consultation we will take a body condition score and weigh your dog. We will follow up after this with some nutritional and supplement advice. We are not sponsored or driven by any nutraceutical or dietary companies which means our advice is absolutely independent.

We will assess your dog's mobility, posture and stature whilst teaching you how your dog shows you signs of pain, and what compensatory muscular changes to look for. Our specially trained Veterinary Physiotherapists will conduct a neurological, orthopaedic and rehabilitative assessment to recommend clinically proven treatment plans. Through using appropriate targeted manual therapies, massage techniques, therapeutic exercises and exercise management alongside veterinary intervention, the chronic muscular pain and inflammation that is caused by arthritis can be reduced.

We want you to be empowered at home so we will teach you easy techniques and exercises that you can incorporate into your daily relationship with your own dog in between treatment sessions. We will also help you to evaluate small environmental changes within your dog’s home that can make all the difference to your dog’s everyday life.

Finally (but probably most importantly) we aim to leave you in control; by teaching you how to use Client Specific Outcome Measures. Through monitoring your dog’s individual pain/ coping indicators, YOU can gauge improvement or deterioration and act accordingly.
£85 One Off


Physiotherapy uses physical means to restore movement and function following injury or during the treatment of chronic conditions such as arthritis. It can help to relieve pain, improve physical activity and reduce the risk of future injury. A holistic approach is taken, which means that as well as attending appointments, you will be taught exercises to complete at home with your dog between sessions to strengthen specific parts of the body. We've even got our own app with videos to help!
£48 Per Session


Hydrotherapy is a popular choice for rehabilitation following injury or surgery, or for dogs with chronic conditions such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia or arthritis. It is a water-based therapy that uses key properties of water to support the dog’s weight, which in turn reduces pressure on joints and encourages an increased range of movement. In the wrong hands hydrotherapy can be very dangerous and do more harm than good but you can trust in our highly skilled professionals.
£48 per session

Owner Education

Owner education is the cornerstone of gold standard canine arthritis management, not only because a well-informed owner is more likely to be engaged with a management plan, but also because there is so much an empowered owner can do to manage and influence the disease process at home. By working with Canine Arthritis Management we are able to provide unbiased education resources for owners through the CAM Education Initiative. And the best news, it's included as standard in our Canine Arthritis Clinic Consultations.

Weight Management

If your dog is overweight, weight loss will have a significant positive impact on the pain of arthritis and will slow the progression of the disease. Studies have shown that losing 6% of excess body weight will significantly reduce an arthritic dog’s lameness.

It is easier to prevent weight gain than it is to shed the pounds. If your dog struggles with exercise we have the perfect solution and our nutritional advisors can help with unbias dietary advice.

Clinical Massage

Clinical massage therapy is a highly specialised manual therapy. It uses appropriate and targeted specialised massage techniques to manage the chronic muscular pain and inflammation that is caused from many different conditions including arthritis.

It is vital for the dog being treated that they feel they have a choice in the treatment. We never use forced restraint, and treatment will always take place on the floor or on a low level, where a dog is most comfortable.

Exercise Adaptation

Managing your dog's exercise levels is essential to the management of arthritis. We must remember that our dogs don’t have the forethought that hours of boisterous play, ball chasing or running off the lead is likely to cause them pain later. We will work with you to understand your dog, their needs and create a tailored exercise plan that keeps them stimulated but out of discomfort. We also supply Pit Pat activity trackers so that you can understand your dog's true levels of activity


Beware products claiming health benefits for arthritis sufferers, many lack proof of efficacy! It's a real minefield out there of products claiming benefits to mobility. We only stock and supply supplements that have been scientifically studied and come from reputable sources.

The right supplements are likely to help your dog replenish nutrients it's body needs but can't otherwise provide. Check out our supplement guide for more information!

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy, or “photobiomodulation”, is a non-invasive, fast-acting and versatile treatment. It has been effectively used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including pre-surgical and post-surgical patients and those with both acute and chronic disease states. Treatment is quick, so multiple areas can be treated in a single session and is often delivered alongside other treatments such as physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage and prescribed analgesics from a vet.

Magnetic Field Therapy

Using magnetic fields in therapy, especially in arthritis management, has a long history, stemming back to ancient Chinese medicine. It can be effective but is dependent on power, duration, and the individual. Magnetic Field Therapy can be a safe and cost-effective treatment in combination with other treatments. We provide treatment using a Pulsed Electro-magnetic Field Mat which the dog's can lie on during treatments.

Adaptating Your Dog's Home

Occupational Therapy is a distinct discipline within the field of human medicine dedicated to assessing an individual with their own unique challenges, in the context of their own home, and then finding solutions by either modifying the environment or the task to ensure they are protected from accidental harm. Our pets are no different. They face harm from obstacles of daily living that were once easy to navigate, but with a physical impairment become a risky challenge.

Pet Bereavement Support

No-one wants to say goodbye to their loved pet. Research shows us that losing your pet can hurt as much as losing a relative or close friend which emphasises how emotionally difficult it can be for that owner.

We are hugely fortunate that our partnered behaviourist at Green Dog Dog Training has undertaken specialist training to support owners with pet bereavement and the grief process.