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arthritis treatment for pets

Arthritis Treatment for Pets

Arthritis unfortunately, leaves your pets in constant pain. It is a condition that involves inflammation in one or more joints. In pets, the most common type is osteoarthritis – also known as a degenerative joint disease. The earlier the diagnosis the better chances of delaying or avoiding degeneration of the joints. There are many ways to reduce the pain in pets.



If you are concerned that your pet is suffering from arthritis our veterinarians can help you in the best way possible. Schedule an appointment at 604.858.656 or via email reception@valleyvetservices.com.

How can I spot arthritis in my pets?

It may be difficult to spot arthritis in your pets since their natural instinct is to hide pain. That being said here are some signs you can look out for:

  • Reluctance to groom or sharpen claws
  • Difficulty getting into litter boxes
  • Difficulty getting down from furniture
  • Irritability especially when touched in the sore areas
  • Less playful/immobile
  • Less fit as the pain worsens
  • Limping/ slower pace
  • How is arthritis treated in pets?

    Some of the most common ways to treat arthritis are:

  • Prescription medication (to relieve pain)
  • Physical rehabilitation – proper exercise helps maintain mobility in joints
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Specific therapeutic diets can be provided by our veterinarians
  • Acupuncture