Arthritis Treatment for Dogs

As our dogs age, they start to slow down, often playing less and sleeping more. Although this might seem normal for an aging canine, arthritis could be to blame.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs?

  • Difficulty climbing stairs, walking, running or jumping
  • Reluctance to play
  • Lameness, limping or moving with an altered gait
  • Stiffness or slowness in rising from a resting position
  • Soreness upon being touched
  • Frequent yelping/whimpering or lack of vocalization
  • Excessive licking of a joint or leg
  • Behavioural changes, such as withdrawal or aggression
  • Change in normal eating habits

What causes arthritis in dogs?

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint, which can cause pain and/or swelling. There are many reasons a dog can have arthritis, such as from cartilage issues, injury to ligaments, or joint instability, to name a few.

What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?

Many different therapy options are available, depending on the severity of your dog’s arthritis. Our veterinarians can discuss which options are best for you to manage your dog’s pain, which may include laser therapy, supplements, or NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory medication).

Can I give my dog Aspirin?

Aspirin is a drug that is not approved for use in animals and can be contraindicated with other medications, especially those that are anti-inflammatory. Before using any over-the-counter medications for your dog, please be sure to talk to our veterinary team.

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing health crisis, we have suspended our pet boarding services until further notice, and we are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads. Thank you for your understanding.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 604-526-0334. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telemedicine consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to your vehicle. If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. Where possible, we will do our best to accommodate annual vaccinations; however, all other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency).


Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital