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Arthritis Services for Pets

Arthritis affects not only people, but also our cherished pets. Did you know that once pets, especially dogs, reach senior age, they have an 80% chance of being diagnosed with arthritis? Although dogs are usually the ones to get this disease, cats, rabbits, and other pets can also develop it once they get older. The good news is with the help of our team, we can manage your pet’s arthritis so they can be as comfortable as possible despite their condition. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 613.695.2060 for more information on how we can help your pet with arthritis.

How do I know if my pet has arthritis?

With arthritis (or any other degenerative joint disease), the first warning signs are usually behavioural. You may notice your pet getting tired more easily, licking their joints more than often (a soothing mechanism) or even wincing in pain when going up the stairs or when you touch their joints. Other signs like increased irritability can be a sign of arthritis and other health issues so it’s important to call us right away so we can properly diagnose your pet.

What are the treatments for arthritis in pets?

There is no cure for arthritis, but there are a number of ways to reduce discomfort and manage the disease. Your veterinarian here at Bank Street may recommend one or a combination of the following:

  • Oral medications
  • Manual therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Laser therapy
  • Surgery (only for severe cases or orthopedic injury)

  • Last updated: June 24th, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • 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). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 2 pm
    Sunday: Closed

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

    - The team at Bank Street Hospital