Arthritis Services for Pets

Arthritis affects your pet’s joints, especially as they get older. Arthritis can manifest as pain and difficulty moving, which your pet might mask. Our team is equipped to provide your pet with high-quality care that minimizes their pain and promotes joint health. Though we cannot cure your pet’s arthritis, we will do our best to ensure they can maintain a good quality of life.

How do I know whether or not my pet has arthritis?

Your pet might show a few signs but the best way to confirm if they have arthritis is a visit to our clinic. If you suspect your pet has arthritis, contact our clinic at 403.335.3519. Signs you can consult our veterinary team about are:

  • Swollen or stiff joints
  • Difficulty moving around, including walking awkwardly
  • Hesitancy to go up or down stairs or other surfaces off the ground
  • Aggression or irritability towards your family or other pets
  • Flinching when you try and touch them
  • Decreasing energy or stamina for activities like play or walking

    What causes arthritis?

    Arthritis is linked to a combination of factors, including age, injury, abnormalities, weight and breed. As your pet gets older, the cartilage in their bones naturally weakens. Especially if your pet is very active, their body is more susceptible to wear and tear. Multiple injuries throughout their lifespan also increases their likelihood for arthritis, depending on how their joints are affected. If your pet has abnormal joint development like hip or elbow dysplasia, they might also develop arthritis. Obesity and your pet’s genetics might also predispose them to the condition.

    What treatment is available for my pet’s arthritis?

    After our veterinarians have confirmed your pet’s arthritis with a few tests, we will develop a treatment plan that best supports them. We might prescribe medication, discuss pain management strategies and even recommend onsite acupuncture or laser therapy. At home, make sure your pet’s necessities like their food and bed are accessible. Consider installing ramps or other devices that help your pet move with ease throughout your home. If you have questions about the best ways to care for your pet with arthritis, don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • Last updated: April 5, 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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • 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 (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, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Didsbury Veterinary Services