Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Arthritis is a painful and progressive disease of the joints. Often, it is seen in older dogs but can affect young animals as well. Generally, this disease worsens over time and can cause more and more discomfort. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, but it is commonly seen in the hips, elbows, knees, carpus (wrist), hock (ankle) and spine.
There are many signs our animals may show if they are experiencing arthritis. This can range from appearing stiff and sore to refusing to use the stairs or jumping onto furniture. They may also be limping and licking their sore joints. You may see abnormal gait, soreness when touched, refusal to walk or play, decreased appetite and weight gain. Often, they feel worse in the morning (or after sleeping), when the weather is cold and damp and after exercise.
What causes arthritis in dogs?
Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of the cartilage cushion in the joints. It can be caused by an injury, general “wear and tear” from being active, obesity or conformation issues which can become hereditary. Weight gain from not being able to stay active is also a concern as it can create more stress on the joints and cause arthritis to progress more quickly.
What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?
Treatments can depend on the severity of the disease. If your pet is overweight, we will begin with a diet to reduce stress on the joints. We can also add in joint supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin (MSM). The veterinarian may prescribe anti-inflammatories and/or painkillers. Depending on your pet’s case, our doctors may suggest other therapies such as laser, massage and hydrotherapy, and acupuncture to help your pet cope with arthritis.
Can I give my dog Aspirin?
We do not recommend giving any human medications to your pets without consulting your veterinarian. Some medicines may be harmful, especially if dosed incorrectly. Your veterinarian can prescribe an effective remedy to help with arthritis.
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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre North