Outside area

Different surfaces will affect the dogs joints. Grass as a surface is more ‘shock absorbing’ than harder surfaces such as concrete, and as such is more gentle on sore joints. Short grass is also less slippery as long as it is not muddy.

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Top tips

● Limit access to areas of the garden which may have hazards such as slippery or muddy surfaces, uneven ground, dense vegetation such as brambles, or hazardous objects

● If you do not have a suitable grassy area at home try and find a local area where your dog can enjoy some safe walking, exploring, and sniffing.

● Remember that dogs with arthritis will benefit more from regular short, slow walks where they are allowed to go at their own pace and enjoy the scents, than longer walks.