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: July 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more


  • Effective Monday, July 19, 2021, we are allowing a maximum of 2 clients into the hospital for food and medication pick up only.
  • Face masks are still required to enter the building.
  • Our “closed waiting room” policy will remain in effect for all appointments to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 613.531.3334. We will take a history of your pet’s health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue to offer curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, click on the “Online Store” button on the menu above.
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, click on the “Online Consultation” button on the menu above.

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday: Closed
    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    – Your dedicated team at Sims Animal Hospital