Why Arthritis and Dog Walk?

  • Canine arthritis affects dogs of any age, breed or sex. Studies have shown that as many as 1 in 5 adult dogs have arthritis. Although there is no cure, chronic arthritis pain can be managed with the help of diet, exercise, surgery and proper medication.
  • About four in ten (41%) dog owners say that they know the signs of canine arthritis. Respondents who know the signs are likely to be 46 years or older (52%) and have arthritis (56%).
  • At 33%, limping is the most recognized symptom of canine arthritis.
  • Additionally, stiffness (24%) and difficulty or pain when walking (18%) or getting up (15%) are frequently mentioned.
  • Almost one-quarter (23%) of survey participants have a dog suffering from arthritis. 29% of respondents most often use exercise and arthritis medication to treat their pet’s condition.
  • Did you know that a daily walk can help control arthritis? That’s right, regular exercise helps maintain joint health and improves overall health for you and your pet.
  • When both owners and dogs have arthritis, they manage their condition with walk or other exercise (65%), medication (41%), health care visits (35%), and weight maintenance (29%). About one in ten (12%) do nothing to manage their arthritis.
  • In a recent survey, dog owners consider walking to be something they would do for their own health (35%), for their dog’s health (36%) and for both (29%).
  • Interest in the Arthritis Walk event is strong with 88% of pet owners indicating that they are interested. The strongest interest among dog owners is expressed by dog owners who:
  • Are between the ages of 25 – 35 (95% interested),
  • Have arthritis (94%),
  • Their dog has arthritis (93%),
  • Know the symptoms of canine arthritis (93%)
  • A strong majority of dog owners say they would participate in a Pet Walk (88%). Compared to their counterparts, 25-35 years olds (95%), people with arthritis (94%), and PETCO P.A.L.S. members (94%) are more interested in the Pet Walk than their counterparts
  • Americans spent nearly $43 billion on their pets in 2008, and despite the recession, are expected to spend $45 billion in 2009