Arthritis Services for Pets

Arthritis is a common condition that can form from old age, weight gain and genetic susceptibility. This ailment occurs when the cartilage in the joints breaks down, causing painful friction between the bones. Your pet may acquire arthritis from an injury that’s left untreated or simply have a higher risk due to abnormalities in their development. With no lining to protect their joints from smashing together, they will experience pain during everyday activities. That’s why regular physical exams are important and we recommend semi-annual visits as they get older. To make an appointment, call us at 780.444.1324.

How will I know if my pet has arthritis?

The wear and tear of the cartilage leads to bones rubbing together causing visible signs of discomfort. If your pet is showing any of the signs below, they may have arthritis and need immediate attention.

  • Difficulty going up or down stairs
  • Reluctance to jump
  • Limping
  • Stiffness in the legs, especially after resting or sleeping
  • Irritability from being touched
  • Disinterest in activities
  • Less time spent on their grooming
  • Hiding or sleeping more than normal

Arthritis is much better to treat when it is detected early. If you notice these behaviours, book an appointment with us and we’ll help you create a better quality of life for your dog or cat.

How can arthritis be cured?

Unfortunately, arthritis cannot be cured but it can be alleviated. There are different methods we can use at our clinic to help your pet feel better and reduce pain. Physical rehab/massage is one of those ways. By gently applying pressure into the affected areas, we can get blood circulating and relieve pressure. Laser therapy is also an effective treatment. We emit controlled light energy over the region your pet is experiencing arthritis. This activates cell movement into reducing pain and swelling. If you’re interested in other ways to treat your pet’s arthritis, you can reach us at 780.444.1324.

Date: Sept 17, 2021

Dear valued clients,

As you are aware, our region is seeing increased cases of COVID-19, and as a result more stringent pandemic response measures have been put in place by our government.

To ensure that we follow these new controls, our veterinary practice is returning to limited clinic access as well as drop off appointments with communications being over the phone or through a protective shield.

The details of this protocol are outlined below:

1. Clients are allowed only in the reception area, limited to 3 clients in at once, and 1 client in our cubicle. No clients will be allowed in the exam rooms with their pet at this time unless under special circumstances.

2. Pets MUST be in a carrier or in a proper fitting harness and leash. Aggressive dogs must arrived with a proper fitting muzzle. If you do not have any of these please ask for them.

3. You must remain in your vehicle, or at least 6 feet away from our doors, while we treat your pet unless instructed otherwise.

4. You must have a phone with you at your appointment so that we can contact you about your pet. If we cannot contact you and obtain consent to treat your pet, your appointment will be delayed, which will delay others.

5. Unfortunately, only 1 person will be allowed in the exam room for attended euthanasias.

6. Please allow up to 72 hours for your medications to be refilled, as well as messages to be returned by your veterinarian.

7. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, we won't know that until you come to the front desk to inform us. It is standard that our staff members ask everyone to wear a mask. Please do not be offended by this. We will find another way to accommodate you and your pet.

Our number one priority is client and staff safety while your pet continues to receive the care they deserve.

With this system, we hope to provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members.

With that in mind we thank you for your kindness and patience with us in advance as these circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as new information is released. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team.

Together we can all help stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 780-444-1324.

Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you might experience when reaching out to us.

- The Team at Parkwest Pet Clinic.