Arthritis Services for Pets

Pain management and relief for dogs and cats diagnosed with arthritis.

Arthritis can impact pets at any age, though older ones are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease. As pets age, their bodies naturally slow down. If your pet has an injury they never fully recovered from or is obese, they could be at higher risk of developing arthritis once they become older. To learn more about the condition, please contact us at 905-877-2258.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease, with the protective cartilage between your pet's bones wearing away. As it deteriorates, your pet's joints lose their cushioning, and their bones rub against each other. This friction can create a range of symptoms, including:

  • Unusual weight gain
  • Stiffness
  • Limping
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty walking

Which body parts are affected by arthritis?

Any of your pet's joints can be affected by arthritis, but it's most common in their hips, knees, wrists, backs, and elbows. To accurately diagnose the condition, our veterinary team will conduct a physical exam and X-ray and discuss any symptoms your pet is experiencing. Based on our assessment, we'll determine the severity of your pet's arthritis and the best ways to support them. Since the disease is incurable, we cannot reverse it. However, we can provide strategies to ease any pain, discomfort, or inflammation your pet could be experiencing.

How can arthritis be managed?

We'll develop a treatment plan for your pet based on the severity of their condition. Taking into account their metabolism, age and overall health, we'll tailor your pet's treatment to their specific needs. One of the most important factors in managing your pet's arthritis is their diet. If they're overweight, it often creates added strain on their joints. A weight management plan can support your pet's weight loss and help them have a healthier, more active lifestyle. Non-inflammatory medications, supplements and therapeutic treatments are also helpful for treating your pet's arthritis.

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