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Arthritis Treatment

Osteoarthritis can develop over time as your pet gets older. Indeed, a large percentage of our mature patients suffer from joint stiffness and pain. Our younger patients may also suffer from an inherited skeletal disorder. There are many therapeutic options to help relieve your pet’s arthritis. These will be further discussed during the consultation once the vet has received the results from the additional tests needed to make a diagnosis. Do not hesitate to contact a member of our team if you have any questions.

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis is an acute or chronic inflammation of the joints. It may be caused by genetic, environmental or nutritional factors.

What are the signs of arthritis in cats and dogs?

Arthritis is the inflammation usually caused by osteoarthritis. Symptoms can vary from pet to pet, but here are some signs that may indicate that your pet has arthritis:

  • Difficulty getting up and sitting/lying down
  • Difficulty jumping onto the couch or climbing the stairs
  • Less interested in physical activity
  • Walking and running slowly
  • Stiffness, limp or tremor

    What are the treatment options to relieve arthritic pain?

    Once a diagnosis has been made, we will be able to suggest several therapeutic options, ranging from diet, supplements and medications. Specialized diets, intra-articular injections to supplement synovial fluid and easy-to-administer medication in the form of treats can be used to reduce your pet’s discomfort. If needed, we can also refer you to a specialized regional centre for more specific treatments.

    Can I give my pet aspirin?

    We don’t recommend giving any medication to your pet without a prior veterinary examination and approval.

  • Last updated: May 30, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

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

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8 am - 8 pm
    Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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!

    - The team at Hull Veterinary Hospital