9year old lab arthritis

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Barley was diagnosed with arthritis 3 months ago, he is on 100mg carprox and synaquin suppliments, we need to get weight off him as he is 41kg after I swapped him from his regular light food to the senior version, he has put on 5 kg in under 9 months. I’m struggling to reduce his weight. His food is properly weighed out and he has no treats or titbits etc in 3 months, I give him bits of apples and carrots most days, he’s very lethargic most days and is reluctant to stay stood up for more than a few seconds at a time without laying back down, my vet suggested that he has a blood test for an under active thyroid problem, he has always weighed around the 34kg mark all of his life, surely a change of food is not the reason for his weight gain?, I need to get him back to his normal weight ASAP to take the extra strain off his legs, any advise is much appreciated,

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Hi Carly, I appreciate your reply, after his diagnosis his walking pattern did alter for a few weeks but we now walk him the same amount of time albeit more frequently in the fields rather than the footpaths half hour am ,20 mins at lunch and  30 mins evening,as this seems just right although a little less time than before his diagnosis ,all the signs seem to point at a possible thyroid problem, ear infection ,weight gain and lethargy, I had a blood test done yesterday and get the results tomorrow, is it a easily treatable symptom? He looks really fed up sometimes and its awfull to see.
also my vet has given him rimadyl instead of carprox, I believe they are the same ?
thanks for listening I really appreciate your comments

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Definitely worth a blood test Keith. Regardless of the results, take full advantage of your practice vet nurse as they will usually offer free weight clinics and will help you to work out a weight loss plan.

As a vet nurse myself, I find that the diets geared towards weight loss tend to be the ones that actually get the weight off. It can be a bit more of a battle with other diets.

Also, consider the regular use of interactive feeders. He needn’t have any meals in a bowl! Getting him to “work” for his food has sooo many benefits. Exercise, gentle work on those joints and muscles, mental stimulation and distraction and release of endorphins which are both an excellent aid to pain relief. Also, they don’t get so caught up in how much they are actually getting to eat, which means you can cut down and be a little sneaky about it. Don’t underestimate the power of these little gems!

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Hi Keith
Yes I agree with your vet, a blood test at this point would be beneficial to rule out any issues such as thyroid which can affect weight. The other question I would have is has your dogs exercise pattern changed at all over the last few months? A decrease in exercise could also affect their weight, if the blood tests come back as normal then looking at several aspects of his lifestyle would be a good idea, definately agree getting any extra weight off will help his joints and it sounds like you have been doing everything right. Keep us updated

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Sorry I needed to add , he is 9 years old and after his xrays 3 months ago his fur has not fully grown back which is why my vet suggested it could be a thyroid problem linked to him not losing weight, he is back on his lighter version of food

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