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Arthritis Services for Pets

It’s very normal for your furry friends to be affected by arthritis. Unlike us humans your pets are unable to communicate where it hurts or figure out how to treat it. Your pets rely on you to work with a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. At Cremona Veterinary Clinic we specialize in treating arthritis in your loyal companions and getting them back on their feet in no time.

How does arthritis develop in my pet?

Most pets suffer a special type of arthritis known as osteoarthritis. This may develop in your pet for various reasons such as age, injury, inflammatory diseases and even their weight. Osteoarthritis is the disease that develops when the cartilage between the joints begins to wear down. As the cartilage begins to wear down, the bones rub against each other and your pet begins to feel pain in that area.

What are signs my pet may have arthritis?

It is important to stay vigilant of your pet as the signs may be small in the early stages. Your pet may even go as far as trying to hide their pain or refuse to do certain things they normally enjoy. Here are some signs to lookout for:

1. Stiff movements
2. Walking more slowly or limping
3. Less playful/mobile
4. Difficulty going up and down the stairs
5. More cautious when standing up or sitting down

If you notice one or more of these signs then your pet may be experiencing pain. It is your job to consult a veterinarian to get an accurate diagnosis for their symptoms. To have your pet examined for arthritis, don’t hesitate to call us at 403.637.3928.

How is arthritis treated in pets?

Once our team has performed the necessary tests and can confidently diagnose your pet’s condition as arthritis, we create a pain management program. Arthritis can be treated with natural food supplements, pain medication, lifestyle changes or surgery.

Last updated: November 19, 2021

We would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all our clients that have been so patient with us during the current pandemic situation. We are happy to announce that we are open again!

We are kindly asking that our clients still wear a mask when they are in the building to protect themselves and our staff. Our waiting room will be limited to one client at a time. All our staff will also still be wearing their masks and taking care to wipe down frequently touched surfaces and sanitize in between clients and patients as we have always done.

If you are uncomfortable entering the clinic, please do not hesitate to call and we are happy to serve you and your pet curbside. As always cats must be in carriers, and dogs must be on a leash for safety and liability reasons.

We know that these have been trying times for everyone, but rest assured your pet is still receiving the highest quality of care that you have always known from our veterinarians and staff members.

If there are any concerns or special circumstances, please feel free to discuss this with our staff and we can take it into consideration.

- Your dedicated team at Cremona Veterinary Clinic