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: Nov. 25, 2022

    Dear Clients,
    As of Monday June 20th 2022 this clinic will be removing our mask requirement for both staff and clients. We are moving to the “your choice” model. Our team understands that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, and want to respect both our staff and clients' right to choose. That being said, we are still maintaining the below protocols:

  • Maximum 5 clients in the reception area at a time.
  • 1 client is permitted in the exam room with their pets for doctor appointments.
  • Curbside is still an option for all clients. Please advise our reception team.
  • You may also come directly into the reception area with your pets for all appointments now without calling in first. Please ensure you are mindful of our capacity limit of 5.

    Please note our hours of operation:
    Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Closed for lunches 1pm - 2pm
    We are closed all weekends and holidays.

    As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to serving you and your furry family members!

    Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic