This is a common issue in older dogs, and is caused by ‘wear and tear’. It is a permanent, long-term deterioration of the cartilage that surrounds the joints. Osteoarthritis refers to the chronic inflammation that is caused when the joint cartilage deteriorates, which in turn causes the bones to grind across each other, causing severe pain and reduced movement for the dog.


  • Stiffness
  • Lameness
  • Joint pain when moving, or having been sedentary
  • Difficulty in jumping or going up/down stairs
  • Crepitus – creaking of the joints
  • Unusually irritable or aggressive

How massage can benefit

  • Soothes irritated and inflamed soft tissue around affected joint(s)
  • Reduce stiffness
  • Reduce tension and soreness in overcompensating muscles
  • Decrease pain
  • Increase of mobility and flexibility
  • Maintain range of movement