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Arthritis Treatment for Pets

Arthritis is one of the most common illnesses affecting middle aged to senior dogs and cats.  Arthritis occurs when a joint is unstable causing the bones to move abnormally within the joint.  Over time, this movement erodes cartilage and bone begins rubbing against bone creating inflammation and pain.

Is my pet at risk to develop arthritis?

Some factors that may make your pet more prone to develop arthritis are previous injury, obesity, and genetic predisposition.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs and cats?

Symptoms can include stiffness, limping and unwillingness to be active.  These symptoms may begin as very subtle changes in behavior.  For example, maybe your dog doesn’t charge up the stairs like before or takes longer to recover after a play session.  Signs in cats may be harder to recognize.  You may notice changes with the litter box, as your cat may be too painful to jump in and out.  Cats may groom excessively in one area, which may be a focal point of pain.  These are just a few examples; if you notice any changes in your pets’ behavior, contact us for an appointment.

What are some treatment options for arthritis?

The best way to prevent and treat arthritis is keeping your pet at a healthy weight.  This will reduce the stress on joints.  If you think your pet may be overweight, please contact us.  We can create a weight loss plan tailored to your pet.  Other treatments for arthritis can include specialized mobility diets, supplements, medications, or injections. We do not recommend giving your pet human pain medication or any medication that has not been prescribed by your veterinarian.

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Last Updated: January 28, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Tantallon Veterinary Hospital