Arthritis Services for Pets

Arthritis can affect pets both young and old. The most common type is osteoarthritis, which affects pets whose joints experience wear and tear from overuse, injury, aging or instability. Regardless of the cause of your furry family member’s arthritis, we will provide the best possible care to ease their pain and promote joint health. If you have concerns about your pet’s arthritis, please contact our team at 604.544.7387.

How likely is my pet to experience arthritis?

Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) is a chronic form of arthritis, impacting both dogs and cats. Canine friends older than one-year-old have some form of the disease, estimated at a rate of over 20%. X-rays from a study showed 90% of feline friends over 12 years-old had evidence of the joint disease. If your pet has an immune-mediated disease like Lupus or Lyme disease, they might also have inflammation in their joints.

What are the signs of osteoarthritis?

Pets who experience osteoarthritis might have certain risk factors that make them more susceptible, like their genetics, weight, age and improper nutrition. Our team can best diagnose your pet but signs you can look out for are:

  • Excessive tiredness
  • Stiffness
  • Difficulty moving around
  • Weight gain
  • Flinching when being touched
  • Unwillingness to play or engage in activities they love

    How can you help treat my pet’s arthritis?

    Our team works with you and your furry family member to create the best treatment plan for their individual needs. We try to direct arthritis treatment to addressing the underlying causes, if possible. Depending on the state of the impacted joints, we might recommend surgery to stabilize them. Pain medication like NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) specifically formulated for pets helps to ease pain, inflammation and stiffness.

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    Last updated: September 22, 2022.

    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 pet.

    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.

    1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • We kindly request that clients continue to wear masks in our hospital for employee and public safety.
  • 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. Payment can be processed 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.
    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    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). https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/

    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 Queen’s Park Pet Hospital