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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