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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

We are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads, and pet boarding services are suspended until further notice. 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 March 2nd, 2022:

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. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out by email at info@southburnabyvethospital.com or by phone at 604-526-0334.

- Your dedicated team at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital