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Arthritis Treatment for Pets

As your pets age, they are more susceptible to diseases like arthritis. Though arthritis can also impact younger pets, senior pets are most impacted by it. There is no cure but our veterinary team offers comprehensive health care that helps alleviate any pain your furry friend might be experiencing. If you have any questions about our arthritis treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us at 403.337.3221.

How does arthritis affect my pet?

Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that progressively worsens the wearing away of your pet’s bone cartilage. This process creates inflammation and pain in these areas of the joints where there is no longer any protective cushion. The most common areas of your pet’s body that might be affected by arthritis are their limbs and lower spine. If your pet has arthritis, you might notice difficulty getting up after laying down or sitting, tiredness, wincing when touched and a decrease in the activity level, particularly if they enjoy playing.

How can I treat my pet’s arthritis?

Since there is no cure for arthritis, our team can work with you to find a treatment plan that works to decrease any discomfort your pet might be feeling. This might look like incorporating treatments like laser therapy that decrease inflammation and pain, making dietary changes and incorporating different types of exercises into your pet’s daily routine. Our main goal is to ensure your pet’s arthritis isn’t affecting their quality of life by incorporating a combination of medicine and lifestyle changes that support their health.

How does laser therapy work to treat arthritis?

Laser therapy is a therapeutic treatment that helps provide relief for your pet’s aches and pains. With the help of our Multi-wave Locked System (MLS) Therapy Laser, your pet will experience a reduction in swelling, pain and inflammation. The laser is pet-friendly and will not be harmful to your furry family member. Other benefits of laser therapy are:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Faster wound healing
  • Improved never function
  • Accelerated tissue repair and cell growth

  • Last updated: July 27, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are 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!

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. 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 with curbside pickup of food and medication.
  • 3. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    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 Carstairs Veterinary Clinic