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Arthritis Treatment for Dogs

Did you know that even puppies can get arthritis? Any disease that causes wear and tear on the cartilage causes arthritis, including trauma, developmental diseases, poor conformation, injury, growth deformities, high impact and repetitive exercise, and old age.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs?

Arthritis can present in subtle ways, including your dog leaning forward when he stands or wiggling his body when he walks, expending more energy than he needs because he is painful. Any abnormal position when standing, sitting, walking, or moving could be attributed to arthritis. Swollen or painful joints, limping, stiffness before or after activity, difficulty getting up or down stairs or from sitting/laying down, are obvious signs of arthritis and should be treated immediately.

What causes arthritis in dogs?

Most arthritis results from developmental problems like bone or limb deformities and hip dysplasia. Trauma and injury also cause arthritis, as well as general wear and tear of cartilage in all the joints.

What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?

Omega 3 fatty acid supplements, regular gentle exercise especially leash walking, and a variety of anti-inflammatory medications are available including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. There are a number of types of anti-inflammatory drugs formulated specifically for dogs. Talk to your veterinarian about the best one for your pet.

Can I give my dog Aspirin?

Always talk to a veterinarian before giving your pet human medications. Aspirin, like many human medications, can have serious effects in some animals and can be toxic or even deadly at human or even the lowest dosages. Medications and natural supplements can interact with other medications or natural supplements and dosages can vary widely between species or even breeds, especially if there is any underlying disease.

Last updated: December 2, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, we want to continue to keep our staff as well as our clients safe and healthy. As such, we have updated our protocols effective immediately.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday (for food sales only): 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Appointments are seen Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. Food sales are serviced weekly between 8am-9am and 5pm-6pm and on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Queensway Veterinary Hospital