Arthritis Services for Pets

Arthritis is a degenerative disease that progresses slowly over time. There are a few risk factors that can increase your pet’s chance of developing it, like obesity or genetics. Our veterinary team is here to create a treatment plan that helps manage the condition so it doesn’t negatively affect their quality of life. If you have questions about treatment options, please contact us at 403.934.3311

How do I know if my pet has arthritis?

Arthritis is one of my most common diseases, affecting aging furry friends. The disease targets your pet’s joints, causing inflammation, pain and discomfort. Some signs you can look out for are:

  • Difficulty moving around your home, like jumping or walking up stairs
  • Sleeping or resting more than usual
  • Limping
  • Snapping or biting when you try to touch them
  • Licking or chewing specific body parts

    What can I do when my pet is in pain?

    Any of the above signs can be an indication your pet is in pain. Since pets tend to try and hide their pain from us, it’s important to make note of subtle changes in their behaviour. For example, if your usually playful pet suddenly doesn’t want to run around with you anymore or they seem to get tired after some physical activity, these could be signs of pain. Our veterinary team is able to create a treatment plan that will support your pet’s pain management.

    How can your team support my pet?

    Though arthritis is incurable, there are options we can explore to support your pet. This might look like a combination of medication, dietary changes and exercises you can do with your pet. The main goal is to help ease any discomfort your pet is experiencing so they can continue to live a long, happy life with you.

  • Last updated: September 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    4. 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 Strathmore Veterinary Clinic