Arthritis Services for Pets

Arthritis is a health condition that not only affects humans but also your pets. Arthritis refers to different types of chronic joint pain and stiffness. Though arthritis is exhausting for your loyal companion it does not have to diminish their quality of life. Our veterinarians Dr. Meander and Dr. Weebadda have immense experience in treating arthritis and pain management. You can rely on us to get your pet back to their happy, mobile and pain-free life. Schedule an appointment to discuss arthritis treatment for your pet at 204.452.9010.

How does arthritis develop in my pet?

Arthritis is common in older pets as aging takes a toll on their bones. Pets who had joint injuries, infections and inflammatory diseases can also suffer from arthritis. The most common type of arthritis that pets suffer from is osteoarthritis. This occurs when the cartilage between joints begins to wear out, which makes the bones rub against each other.

My pet is moving stiffly, is this a sign of arthritis?

Yes, that may very well be a symptom. Your pet’s first instinct is to hide that they are experiencing pain. Overtime, as the pain progresses, you can look out for changes in behaviour that are typical signs of arthritis. Your pet may:

  • Be more cautious when sitting down or standing up
  • Experience difficulty going up or down stairs
  • Be less playful/mobile
  • Walk more slowly
  • Vocalize in response to pain
  • Limp

    What can be done to treat arthritis in my pet?

    At the first sign of illness, we encourage you to make an appointment for your pet. Our veterinarians will evaluate your pet’s condition and provide appropriate treatment for any pain they are experiencing. Our pain management program uses strategies such as:

  • Nutritional supplements – We may recommend foods that aid in relieving inflammation naturally. The foods or supplements we typically recommend are fish oil, turmeric, ginger and glucosamine.
  • NSAIDs – This refers to inflammatory medications that don’t have steroids in them. These are used to safely relieve mild arthritis pain.
  • Corticosteroids – These are used in cases where arthritis does not respond to non-steroidal medications. Prednisone is a commonly used drug to treat severe arthritis pain.
  • Surgery – Our hospital uses surgery to treat advanced arthritis in pets. Arthroscopic surgery allows us to remove pieces of bone that are making the pain unbearable. We may also perform fusion surgery to hold the bones and joint in place permanently to prevent them from rubbing against each other.

  • Last updated: April 5, 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!


  • 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: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Sunday and Holidays: Closed

    4. NEW PET OWNERS 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!

    - The team at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital