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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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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