Arthritis Services for Pets

Managing arthritis in pets through pain medication, diet, rehab, and more.

As our cherished companions enter their golden years, arthritis is just one of many conditions they are vulnerable to. Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are many things we can do to ease your pet's symptoms and ensure they are as comfortable as possible despite their diagnosis. To learn more, simply give us a call at 416-762-5558.

How do I know if my pet has arthritis?

It's important to remember that dogs, cats and other pets have a natural instinct to hide any pain or sign of weakness. Regular checkups (at least twice per year for senior pets) are key to proper diagnosis of arthritis. As the disease progresses, you may also start to notice the following symptoms:

  • Wincing when getting up, lying down, or being touched
  • Difficulty going up and down stairs
  • Fatigue
  • Biting/gnawing at their limbs
  • Limping
  • Agitation/aggression
  • Weight loss

Please inform your veterinarian right away if you notice any of these signs.

How is arthritis treated in pets?

It will depend on the severity of your pet's arthritis and any other conditions they may have in addition. After a thorough checkup, the veterinarian may prescribe one or a combination of the following:

  • Supplements
  • Medicated diets
  • Acupuncture
  • Rehabilitation (e.g. massage)
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Prescription medications for pain and inflammation
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