Poppy is a Springer Spaniel who started getting very grumpy and nervous when she was 3. A change in character or behaviour is often a clue that the dog has pain so investigations were started and led to a diagnosis of hip dysplasia and secondary arthritis.

Unfortunately Poppy couldn’t tolerate any of the usual anti-inflammatory medications long term so it looked as though she was heading for hip replacements. However the orthopaedic specialist found a pain killer that seemed to work for her and this meant she was comfortable enough to start strengthening her muscles with physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.

Stronger more active muscles give the joints more support and in turn reduce pain meaning that for now, age 6, hip replacements are not needed. A good example of multidisciplinary team work.