Arthritis Treatment for Pets

Unfortunately, as our furry friends enter their senior years, they will be more prone to develop arthritis and other degenerative diseases. Although there is no cure for it, your pet can still remain active and pain-free with proper maintenance care. During regular check-ups, we can create and modify your pet’s treatment plan so they continue to have a high quality of life despite their diagnosis. Call us at 403.239.4657 to learn about how we can help your pet with their arthritis.

How do I know if my pet has arthritis?

If your pet develops arthritis, you may begin to notice that they tire a lot more easily. They may no longer be able to keep up with you on your walks or runs as they did when they were younger. They may also spend more time resting or sleeping. Furry friends with arthritis also often lick or bite certain areas on their body most affected by the disease. You may also notice that they are wincing in pain when getting up from a sitting position, or when they are climbing up the stairs.

How is arthritis in pets treated?

Acupuncture, massage, rehabilitation and prescription medications may all be used to manage your pet’s arthritis. Low-impact exercises like swimming, weight control, and installing carpet/soft padding in your pet’s area at home can also help boost the effects of in-clinic treatments. With arthritis, early diagnosis is key to preventing your pet from suffering in silence so please contact us right away if you feel that they may have arthritis.

How long can pets live with arthritis?

Most pets can live out their entire days despite their diagnoses. Although arthritis gets worse over time, proper management means that your pet can still have a good quality of life with the disease.


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Last updated: November 19, 2021

Dear valued clients,

We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. Due to the high increase in positive COVID-19 cases we have returned to locked door/curbside policy effective January 4, 2022.

Only pets will be allowed in the clinic. Owners are asked to please stay in the parking lot while pets are being seen.

We ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure your visit is safe for yourselves, your pet, other clients and our staff:

  • When you arrive in our parking lot for an appointment, please remain in your vehicle and call (403)239-4657. After speaking with the vet one of our team members will meet you on the sidewalk outside the hospital to bring your pet inside. Please wear a mask when engaging with staff.
  • You must remain in the parking lot while we treat your pet. Doctors may be calling from an unknown number to discuss findings, please make sure you can receive such calls.
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • For food and mediation pick up please call the clinic when you have arrived and one of our staff members will let you know when to meet them outside the door for pick up. Please call ahead to place your orders.
  • Please give us a minimum of 2 business days for orders of food and medication to arrive.
  • Payment over the phone with credit/debit is preferred.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been out of the country in the last 10 days, please reschedule your appointment or send someone else to bring in your pet. Please ensure that the designated person is registered in our files.
  • We will continue to watch the guidelines posted from the Alberta government and will update our clients as needed if these protocols are to change.

    Thank you for your continued trust in us.

    - Your dedicated team at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic