Arthritis Services for Pets

Even though there is no cure for this illness, with prompt treatment we can help your pet live a pain-free and happy life. Arthritis causes them joint pain and limits their mobility. At our clinic, we make it our duty to understand the uniqueness of each patient’s condition and recommend appropriate treatment. To learn more about how we can support your pet as they deal with arthritis, please call us at 905.707.9059.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease, which means the symptoms that your pet experiences will worsen over time. As your pet gets older the cartilage between their joints wears down, causing the bones to rub against each other. This type of arthritis is known as osteoarthritis. Sometimes your pet may develop the disease as a result of injuries, infections or inflammatory diseases.

What are signs my pet may have arthritis?

Some signs you should look for are:
1. Gaining weight
2. Avoiding activities like running or playing
3. Excess tiredness or fatigue
4. Swollen or stiff joints
5. Limping or difficulty moving around
6. Irritability or aggression towards humans and other pets

How is arthritis treated in pets?

To treat arthritis our team will assess your pet to diagnose them. We perform a physical exam and X-rays to examine their bones. Based on the stage of your pet’s arthritis we’ll create a treatment plan to reduce inflammation and manage their pain. Their treatment may include therapies, pain medication or supplements.

Last updated: November 26, 2021

Dear Clients,

We are continuing to strive to provide the best medicine possible for your pets during these challenging times. Below are some important updates to our operating policies.

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). Please make sure to wear a facemask when picking up your orders. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on Online Store.
    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Tuesday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

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

    - Your team at Don Head Village Animal Clinic