Dog & Cat Arthritis Services

Managing chronic joint pain for your pet with the latest up-to-date medication and therapies.

Arthritis is a common condition in dogs and cats that causes pain and inflammation in the joints. It is typically a progressive disease that results from the deterioration of the connective tissue between the bones in the joint. Similar to humans, arthritis in dogs and cats can be extremely painful. It can affect any joint, but it is most commonly found in the shoulders, hips, elbows, and knees. Arthritis is often associated with aging, but other factors such as weight, breed, lifestyle, or previous injuries can also contribute to its development in your loyal companion. Our veterinarians are experts in creating personalized treatment plans to minimize your dog or cat's discomfort and improve their quality of life. To schedule an appointment with us, please call 705-885-7387.

How do cats and dogs develop osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones in your joints gradually deteriorates. Cartilage is a connective tissue that prevents the bones from rubbing against each other, and when it starts to wear down or tear over time, it leads to joint pain and inflammation. Because of this, arthritis is often referred to as the "wear and tear disease." However, it's essential to note that osteoarthritis can also develop due to multiple injuries or fractures close to the bone's head, increasing the risk of its occurrence at early ages.

What are signs of arthritis in pets?

As this disease affects movement, arthritic dogs and cats can experience pain in their joints. One of the first noticeable changes is that they may move slower than usual. They might avoid common activities such as walking, jumping, sitting, or getting up. You may also observe that your dog is not wagging their tail as fast as before. Some pets may continuously roam around the house instead of sitting due to discomfort. Over time, the pain may intensify, and additional symptoms could be seen, including limping, wincing when touched, becoming more aggressive towards people and other pets, and having stiff or swollen joints. However, these signs aren't always apparent, so if you are ever uncertain about your pet's behaviour, feel free to contact our team to discuss the next steps and possible treatments at 705-885-7387.

What treatment options are available for dogs and cats with arthritis?

Arthritis is a progressive disease and cannot be cured but if it’s discovered early, we can establish a treatment plan to make dogs and cats more comfortable. The treatment plan will depend on how advanced the disease is. Our veterinarians may recommend a combination of the following:

  1. Pain medication
  2. Injectable medication
  3. Joint supplements
  4. Laser therapy
  5. Modified diet and exercise.

How can I accommodate my arthritic cat or dog?

The most important thing is to avoid the impact from slipping or falling. Anticipating their habits and proactively preventing pain is the optimal strategy for enhancing their quality of life. Making a few modifications around the home can keep your feline or canine pal even more comfortable. Here are some tips you can use to accommodate your arthritic cat or dog:

  • Install ramps and non-slip carpets 
  • Use a raised feeding bowl to reduce the stress on their bones and joints
  • Get a comfortable bed with orthopedic foam
  • Be patient with them
  • Avoid stairs as much as possible and if needed, carry your pet.
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