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Arthritis Treatment for Pets

As your pet becomes older and enters their senior years, arthritis is one of the many health conditions they may develop. Like with us humans, arthritis in dogs, cats and other pets is a condition that causes inflammation and degeneration of joint cartilage and bones. With proper treatment, we can ensure your pet’s arthritis is managed well and they are as comfortable as possible. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any further questions about pets and arthritis.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in pets?

You may see one or more of the following signs in your pet: advanced stiffness, joint pain, limping, muscle atrophy, falling, reluctance to climb stairs, licking of joints, loss of appetite and personality changes. Over time, these symptoms can also become even more pronounced. And as they can be signs of conditions other then arthritis, it’s important your pet sees your veterinarian right away so they can be properly diagnosed.

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

During a consultation with our team, we can put together a treatment plan specifically for your pet’s unique situation. Below are some general tips that can help most pets to better live with their arthritis. Feel free to incorporate any of these suggestions into your own routine.

1. Keep your pet at a healthy bodyweight by ensuring they eat healthy food
2. Consider massage and physical therapy
3. Opt for low-impact activities like swimming and walks that are more gentle on your pet’s joints.
4. Use pain relievers and joint supplements, such as chondroprotective and omega-3 fatty acids.
5. Ask your veterinarian if non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which help with chronic pain, are right for your pet.
6. Ask us about the benefits of therapeutic diets.

Last updated: September 8, 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!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Our "closed waiting room" policyis ending and we have started to open our doors with some restrictions. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 519-426-0111. If you do not have a cell phone, we have placed a doorbell at Door #1 for you convenience. We will alert you when we are ready for your appointment. We are allowing one client to accompany their pet into the examination room. For the safety of our clients and our team, we have barriers in place for you to remain behind during your pet’s appointment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards or e-Transfer as the preferred payment methods.
  • We are now offering food and medication pick-up inside of the clinic by appointment only. Once you arrive, remain outside of the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 519-426-0111 or if you do not have a cell phone, ring the doorbell at door #1. It is still recommended that client’s place their order through our online store. 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 - 6:00 pm
    Saturday and 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 Simcoe Animal Hospital