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Arthritis Treatment

At Champlain Animal Hospital we are honoured to be your go-to healthcare provider for your most loyal companions. As your pet becomes older, the partnership between owner and veterinarian is even more important, as senior pets are more susceptible to developing diseases. Arthritis is one of the most common illnesses acquired by senior pets. With our team, your pet can remain as comfortable and strong as possible, despite their diagnosis. Please call us at 705.742.4243 to learn more about our arthritis services and to schedule your next appointment.

What are the signs of arthritis in pets?

If your dog, cat or other type of pet has arthritis, you may begin to notice that they find it more difficult to climb the stairs or to run alongside you. As their symptoms worsen, you may also begin to notice swollen joints, limping, trembling and that they yelp or wince when touched on their limbs/joints/paws.

What is the treatment for arthritis in pets?

The most important thing to do is to call our team and schedule an appointment. Then, your pet’s veterinarian can diagnose your pet and the severity of their arthritis. Some of the most common treatments for this condition are oral prescription and rehabilitation. Some lifestyle modifications may also be suggested such as installing carpet or baby gates to protect your pet from hard surfaces and from falling down the stairs.


4DX Testing: A Quick and Powerful Screening Tool for the Health of Your Dog

The 4DX test is a quick blood test that screens for four diseases which affect our dogs: Heartworm, Lyme, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and is becoming more prevalent as the climate warms and more dogs (unknowingly infected) are brought into the province from other areas where mosquito borne diseases are widespread. In a few discrete areas within southern Ontario, such as Peterborough County, the prevalence of infection in dogs not on a heartworm preventive can be as high as 5% to 10%.* Local wildlife such as foxes, coyotes and wolves may be infected and be able to spread the disease to our dogs through the mosquito.

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