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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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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