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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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