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Arthritis Treatment for Pets

As your furry family member enters their golden years, they will be prone to be diagnosed with several old-age-related diseases. Arthritis is one of the most common ailments that affect pets. Although there is no cure for arthritis in pets, with the right combination of health care treatments and lifestyle modifications, they can still be happy and comfortable despite their diagnosis. Think that your pet has arthritis? Call our teams at 902.564.8356 (Sydney location) or 902.849.3725 (Reserve Mines location) to learn more about how we take care of our patients with arthritis.

What is the best treatment for pets with arthritis?

When it comes to arthritis, there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Your pet’s treatment plan will depend on disease severity as well as their unique lifestyle and other health conditions. Your veterinarian may recommend one or a combination of therapies. Lifestyle changes such as installing soft padding on your stairs at home or your pet’s sleeping area can also help manage their arthritis, along with low-impact exercises like swimming.

What are the signs of arthritis in pets?

When it comes to arthritis, changes in your pet’s actions or behaviours are usually the earliest manifestations of disease progression. You may notice them make wincing sounds when getting up from a sitting to a standing position, or that they can no longer climb up and down the stairs as quickly as they used to. Other warning signs of a possible arthritis diagnosis are swollen joints, limping and trembling when walking.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed


    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!

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre