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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

  • Last updated: July 13, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    Our first and foremost priority remains the health and safety of our clients and staff, while maintaining our high standard of quality veterinary patient care. We have all experienced the unpredictability of this pandemic and feel strongly that adopting a cautious strategy is in the best interest of keeping everyone as safe as possible.

    Our plan going forward will be to start slowly.  

    1. The following changes are effective as of Thursday, July 15, 2021:

    2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. However, if you’re unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

    3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    4. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the “Online Consultation” link.

    We will continue to keep you advised of each step of our process as we move forward to a tentative full reopening in a few short weeks. We are so excited to start this reopening plan and can't wait to welcome ALL of you back into the clinic.

    – Your dedicated team at Valley Veterinary Services