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Arthritis Treatment for Dogs

We often associate the word arthritis with older pets; however, just like people, there are inflammatory joint conditions that can be related to other disease processes.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs?

We commonly see pain and stiffness, such as difficulty climbing stairs or getting in and out of the car. Be aware that it is instinctive for our pets not to show pain, so in many cases, we have to advocate for them. It is very rare for our pets to cry out. We need to be aware of the changes in our pets as they age, and have them examined if you are concerned.

What causes arthritis in dogs?

Geriatric arthritis can be “wear and tear” on joints, especially if we allow our pets to become overweight. Some early arthritis can be caused by joint malformation, such as in hip or elbow dysplasia. Some arthritis can also be caused by an injury, such as a cruciate/knee injury that did not heal and causes chronic joint disease.

What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?

Joint supplements with omega fatty acids or glucosamine may help in early cases. Anti-inflammatories are often required for acute or chronic pain. Therapeutic laser can help reduce inflammation, and injections can assist with joint fluid. Treatment options vary with the causes.

Can I give my dog Aspirin?

Aspirin is never recommended. The doses required to really help with pain will, in the long term, cause serious ulceration of the gut. Ibuprofen is also never recommended. It causes serious kidney disease in our pets. And for cats, Tylenol or acetaminophen is fatal. Please check with your veterinarian before giving any medications to your pets.


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our staff and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. If you have travelled outside Canada or come in contact with anyone who has travelled outside Canada in the past 3 weeks, or if you are feeling unwell, (coughing, fever, fatigue, etc.), please contact our clinic. We will be more than happy to reschedule your appointment or help arrange to see your pet safely.

2. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905-285-0002. We will take a history by phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet and you will get another call from the Doctor to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

3. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

4. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm & Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.

5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 4-6 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. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle.

6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 Westbridge Veterinary Hospital