Arthritis Services for Pets

Arthritis is a joint disease that not only affects humans but also pets. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Pets that are older or have bone injuries are more likely to develop this condition. There is no cure for arthritis but there are various forms of treatments available to make your loyal companion’s life more comfortable.

How do I know if my pet has arthritis?

Your pets will naturally try to hide their pain. It’s an instinctual defense mechanism that most animals have. This is why you have to be aware of the changes in their behaviour. A pet experiencing pain from arthritis may:

  1. Sleep more than usual
  2. Have more bathroom accidents
  3. Play less with their toys
  4. Start limping
  5. Yelp when touched on joints
  6. Be reluctant to move
  7. Have difficulty going up or down the stairs

If you notice your pet showing any of these signs they may need to be examined for arthritis by a veterinarian. We recommend you schedule an appointment with our veterinarian right away at 613.531.3334.

What treatments are available for arthritis?

The treatment your pet is given depends on how severe the disease is, as well as the lifestyle and overall health of your pet. Some common treatments for arthritis include: anti-inflammatory drugs, supplements and massages. A balanced nutritional diet and exercise will keep your pet at a healthy weight to keep the tension off their joints. To make their lives easier at home our veterinarians may recommend installing ramps, softer bedding or anything else that can minimize injury.

Last updated: March 18, 2022.

Dear Clients,

With the upcoming changes to masking requirements for Ontario, we wanted to keep everyone updated on our protocols. We have decided that our clinic will continue with mandatory face masks after March 21, 2022. This will be for all staff and all clients entering the clinic.

We understand that this may not be the update that some were hoping for. Our team continues to work in close quarters, it’s imperative that we continue to take these safety measures. This will help ensure that we can operate properly and continue to provide the best medical care for your pets. It has been so nice to welcome clients back into the clinic. With our exam room size and length of time spent with you, our doctors appreciate your compliance with our face mask requirements and hope this will continue.

As always, as things change we will continue to update our protocols as we feel necessary.

  • For medication/food pickup and payments, a maximum of 2 people are allowed in reception at one time. Upon arrival please call us at 613-531-3334.
  • Only 1 client will be allowed into the exam rooms at this time due to insufficient social distancing space
  • Face masks are mandatory when interacting with our team
  • Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us all stay healthy. Please be considerate of our staff. We ask only for courtesy and kindness when working with our team as they continue to work tirelessly to provide the best level of care for your pet during these trying times.

    – Your dedicated team at Sims Animal Hospital