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Arthritis Treatment for Dogs

What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs?


Some symptoms of arthritis in dogs include joint stiffness, intermittent lameness and reluctance to go on walks.

What causes arthritis in dogs?


Arthritis means inflammation of a joint. The causes are numerous and can include hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament rupture, and patellar (knee cap) luxation to name a few. Working, athletic and obese dogs are most at risk as they are placing more stress on their joints. Dogs with medical conditions like Cushing’s disease are also at risk.

What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?


Weight management is a critical component of treatment for arthritis in dogs. Many other modalities can be used and may include special diets, physical therapy, pain management, muscle strengthening and chondroprotective treatments.

Can I give my dog Aspirin?


Please consult your veterinarian before giving any over the counter medications.

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Last updated: February 28, 2022.

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Effective Tuesday March 1st, we will once again be allowing one pet parent to accompany their pet into their appointment. We will continue to allow two family members to attend end of life appointments.

We are happy to accommodate with a curbside appointment should you prefer or if you are feeling under the weather.

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- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital