Arthritis Services for Pets

It’s a well-known fact that arthritis affects our silver-haired furry friends, but did you know it can be diagnosed in younger pets as well? In fact, studies have shown that by 1-year-old, 20% of dogs can have early signs of arthritis. By the time they are about 8-years-old that number will jump up to 80%. Dogs are the most common victims of arthritis, although cats and other pets can also have the disease. Arthritis is a serious condition, but with early detection and proper treatment, your pet can still live a long and happy life despite their diagnosis. Call us at 905.885.8151 for more info on how we can help your pet with their arthritis.

What are the signs of arthritis in pets?

The signs are actually quite similar to those that can be seen in humans.

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty navigating stairs
  • Difficulty going from lying down to standing up position
  • Irritability
  • Excessive licking of the joints
  • Wincing when touched in certain body parts, particularly the joints

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you see any of these symptoms in your pet. They may be signs of arthritis or other comorbidities.

    Is arthritis in pets genetic?

    In some cases yes, and in some cases no. Larger dog breeds like Great Danes or Rottweilers are more likely to get arthritis from their parents. Arthritis can also be developed from injury or prolonged wear and tear. For example, hunting dogs or sporting dogs can be particularly susceptible to arthritis after a lifetime of intense physical activity.

  • Last updated: Last updated: October 7th, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    Please see below in regards to our current Covid 19 protocols. We are happy to announce our clinic will be entering in the first phase of our reopening plan.

    Beginning October 12th 2021, we will be allowing clients into the clinic for food and medication pickup only. Doctor or technician appointments will still be run curbside for the time being. We will still offer the curbside option for food and medication if requested.

    1. The following protocols will be in place for those entering the building: - Maximum 3 clients in the building at a time. - Please do not crowd either doorway as our staff still need easy access in and out with animals. - Please continue to pre-order food and medication to make it an easier and quicker process, and to ensure we have what you need in stock before you come to the clinic. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check.

    2. The following protocols are still in place for all appointments (technician and doctor): - We are still operating curbside only for appointments. - Please call the office at 905.885.8151 to let us know that you have arrived and wait for further instructions. Please do not leave a message if you are in the parking lot. Continue to call until you reach a receptionist. - If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on the door. Please also let us know in advance of your appointment so we can make a note. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check. Why are we not opening for appointments yet? - Fully opening is our ultimate goal, however, for the safety of our staff, and clients, allowing food and medication pickup seems the first logical step to limit everyone's exposure. - We hope this step will also alleviate some of the strain on our phone lines and those trying to reach us. - Allowing clients in for food and medication pickup will speed up the amount of time many clients are waiting in the parking lot for this reason.

    3. Hours of Operation

    Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

    We are closed all weekends and holidays.

    As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again very soon!

    - Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic