If your pet is showing signs of pain when they walk or run, it’s possible they have arthritis. Arthritis is a chronic medical condition that can develop in pets of all ages. It originates through genetics, injuries or obesity. Unfortunately, there is no cure but there is a way to manage the pain. Our facility offers a variety of therapeutic services that can reduce their pain and improve their quality of life. To learn more about arthritis and how we can help your pet live with it, call us at 250.598.4477.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a regressive medical condition that involves the loss of cartilage in your pet’s joints. When the cartilage thins, it leads to their bones rubbing together. As you can imagine, this causes intense pain for your pet when they move. This may discourage them from exercising and lead them to gain weight, which will worsen their condition.

How do I know if my pet has arthritis?

Observe your pet’s movements when they play, jump or go up or down the stairs. If you notice they’re uncomfortable performing these actions or resistant to being touched, it’s likely they’re experiencing inflammation in their joints and should be immediately seen by a veterinarian. Through X-rays and thorough body checks we’ll be able to detect the location of their arthritis and discuss how to move forward. The earlier you detect the signs of your pet having arthritis, the sooner we can provide a treatment plan that will reduce their pain.

What treatment plans do you offer to treat arthritis?

Our hospital has an extensive rehabilitation program. At our facility, your pet will receive a mobility assessment to determine the kind of therapy that will best suit them. We offer hydrotherapy, laser therapy, massage, physical therapy and acupuncture. To learn more about these individual services, feel free to call us.