Bristol Dog Arthritis Study

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We are no longer recruiting for this project. Data from the study will be analysed and written up for publication - do check back periodically for updates. Thank you to all participants!
Please also see 'Canine Arthritis: Omega-3 DHA Study' for details of our new study investigating the effects of omega-3 DHA on painful arthritis in dogs.

Welcome to the webpage for the Bristol Dog Arthritis Study, an exciting new project which is being very generously funded by ‌Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Here you will find information about the study aims, about the people working on the study and how you can get involved. You can also keep up to date with the latest developments in the study via facebook (Dog Arthritis Study) and twitter (Dog Arthritis Study @K9arthritisbris).

Project Outline

Over the next three years we will be assessing osteoarthritis pain mechanisms in dogs. This is the first step towards enabling us to provide personalised pain relief to dogs suffering from chronic pain. We are seeking to recruit pet dogs with osteoarthritis to participate in the study. Please use the ‘Get involved' tab to see if you and your dog can help us.


  1. To increase our knowledge about pain related to osteoarthritis in dogs
  2. Investigate the relationship between pain patterns in osteoarthritis and pain mechanisms and translate the idea of personalized pain therapy from people to dogs. 
  3. Ultimately to improve the treatment of pain for dogs with this condition.

This project is being run and supported by a team of researchers who bring a wide range of skills and knowledge to the study. To find out more about the people involved in the project, use the ‘researchers’ tab at the side of the page.