Arthritis Awareness Month: Diagnosing & Treating Arthritis in Pets


May is Arthritis Awareness Month, and our team at Henderson Animal Hospital wants to shed light on a common condition that affects our furry friends: arthritis. Just like humans, pets can suffer from joint pain and discomfort as they age. Identifying and addressing arthritis in its early stages is crucial for improving your pet’s quality of life.

Understanding Arthritis in Pets

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that affects the joints, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. It is especially prevalent in senior pets, but can also occur due to genetic factors or previous injuries. Identifying the signs of arthritis can be challenging, as pets are masters at hiding discomfort. However, some common symptoms to look out for include difficulty in movement, stiffness after resting, reluctance to jump or climb stairs, and behavioral changes such as irritability or decreased activity.

Diagnosing Arthritis

If you suspect your pet may be suffering from arthritis, it’s crucial to consult a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis. At Henderson Animal Hospital, our experienced team utilizes a comprehensive approach to diagnose arthritis in pets. This may include a thorough physical examination, evaluating your pet’s medical history, X-rays, joint fluid analysis, and in some cases, advanced imaging techniques. Accurate diagnosis enables us to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your pet’s specific needs.

Treating Arthritis in Pets

While arthritis cannot be cured, there are numerous treatment options available to manage your pet’s pain and improve their overall quality of life. Here are some common approaches we use at Henderson Animal Hospital:

Medications: Veterinarians may prescribe pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and supplements to reduce joint inflammation and alleviate discomfort. These medications are carefully selected based on your pet’s health and specific requirements.

Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for minimizing stress on your pet’s joints. Our veterinarians can provide guidance on appropriate diet and exercise routines to manage weight and improve joint health.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation: Just like humans, pets can benefit from physical therapy and rehabilitation. These non-invasive techniques help strengthen muscles, increase mobility, and relieve pain. Our dedicated team can guide you through exercises and techniques that can be done at home.


Acupuncture and Alternative Therapies: Some pets may respond well to complementary therapies such as acupuncture, laser therapy, or massage. These modalities can provide additional pain relief and improve joint function.

Environmental Modifications: Making small changes in your pet’s environment can significantly enhance their comfort. Providing supportive bedding, ramps or stairs, and minimizing slippery surfaces can help reduce the strain on their joints.


Arthritis Treatment & Comprehensive Veterinary Services in Winnipeg

If you suspect your pet may be suffering from arthritis or if they are showing any signs of joint pain or mobility issues, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Henderson Animal Hospital in Winnipeg. Our compassionate team of veterinarians and support staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your furry companions.

If you suspect arthritis, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at Henderson Animal Hospital. We will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that suits your pet’s needs, helping them live a happier, more comfortable life.