Arthritis Services for Pets

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a disease that affects your pets’ joints. Pets of any age can experience inflammation in one or more joints causing pain, especially as they get older. The most common type is osteoarthritis.

How do I know if my pet has arthritis?

Depending on the degree of pain, pets can show different behavioural changes. If more severe, your once playful and active pet may suddenly be reluctant to go on walks. Other times, changes are subtle and your dog or cat might be slower to get up from lying down, sleep for longer, or hesitant to jump down from higher surfaces. Paying attention to these subtle changes is important so we can catch osteoarthritis as early as possible.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to contact us and set up an appointment for your pet at 604-824-5848

What can your team do to support my pet and me?

Our trained team of veterinary experts like our veterinarians and a nutritionist can work with you to decide the best options for your furry family members. Our main priority is ensuring your pet lives with as little pain as possible. Treatment may include:

  • Nutritional supplements like Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Therapeutic diets formulated to promote joint health
  • Prescription medication to manage pain
  • Referral to a specialty center offering physical rehabilitation
  • Surgery for more serious cases

    What changes can I make at home to support my pet?

  • A weight loss diet may be recommended if your pet is over-conditioned, to relieve excess stress on their joints. (Please consult our team before making any dietary changes.)
  • Substitute vigorous exercise for low impact and frequent walks.
  • Swimming is another great exercise option if your dog loves being in the water



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Last updated: April 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic