Arthritis Services

Early detection, regular medication and treatment can ease the effects of arthritis in your pet.

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.

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