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Arthritis Treatment for Dogs

Arthritis is a common and painful condition that can affect dogs of any age to varying degrees. However, dogs that are considered seniors (over the age of seven) are at a higher risk. It is often one of the first signs of ageing noticed by owners in their pets.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs?

Arthritis can present itself as stiffness, decreased activity, irritability or aggression, limping and reluctance to jump or use stairs. Every dog is different, and pain can present itself in different ways.

What causes arthritis in dogs?

Many factors can contribute to arthritis, including, ligament injuries, deterioration of the cartilage in the joint, as well as hip dysplasia and others. These all cause swelling and inflammation in the joints of your dog that cause pain and decreased mobility.

What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?

Depending on the severity of arthritis, many different treatment options are available. If you are concerned that your pet may have arthritis, a consultation with one of our veterinarians can provide a specific treatment plan. This many include radiographs to diagnose the severity of the disease. Anti-inflammatory medication may be needed after running wellness bloodwork to ensure kidney and liver functions are working as they should. Joint supplements may be added to your pet’s treatment plan as well to help restore joint function.

Can I give my dog Aspirin?

Our medical staff never advises giving over the counter pain medication to your pet without discussing with your veterinarian first. These medications can be toxic to pets and may interfere with organ function.


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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We will now see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:



If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


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.


Merritt Animal Hospital:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dresden Veterinary Clinic:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Sydenham River Veterinary Office:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 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 D.M.S Group Veterinary Team