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Arthritis Treatment for Pets

Arthritis is joint (arthr-) inflammation (-itis). This inflammation results in chronic degeneration of joint cartilage and the adjacent bone that is mostly caused by aging. The joint cartilage serves a vital function in the lubrication and cushioning between bones and several health problems occur when it is compromised.

 

What are the symptoms of arthritis in pets?


This disorder may ultimately result in advanced stiffness, joint pain, limping, muscle atrophy, falling, reluctance to climb stairs, licking of joints, loss of appetite and personality changes.

What causes arthritis in dogs and cats?


This condition is often caused by the natural aging process, and typically manifests later in your pet’s life.

What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs and cats?


You can apply some of the simple strategies below to help your pet better cope with their arthritis. Schedule a consultation with our team so that we can create a treatment plan specifically for your pet and your unique lifestyle requirements.

  • Maintain an optimal body weight by ensuring that they eat healthy food
  • Massage and physical therapy
  • Restriction on the amount of exercise and joint trauma while allowing enough movement to maintain and
    increase muscle strength (e.g. low impact activities like swimming and walks).
  • Pain relievers and joint supplements, such as chondroprotective and omega-3 fatty acids
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are frequently used for chronic pain control in dogs
  • Therapeutic diets
  • Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and spinal manipulation

Can I give my pet Aspirin?


We strongly recommend against using these types of medications in dogs and cats. The medications made specifically for animals have not only better efficacy, but are much safer than medications made for humans. Additionally, in some circumstances, administration of a human medication can be fatal to dogs and cats even in small doses. If you have questions about using an over-the-counter pain reliever please speak directly with your veterinarian.

Last updated: May 25, 2020

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!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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 - 4:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 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!

- Your dedicated team at Osgoode Veterinary Servicesl