Arthritis Services for Pets

Arthritis is a natural medical condition that develops from old age, injury or weight gain. While there is no guarantee your pet will evade it, as certain genetics and injuries are unavoidable, there are ways you can prevent it. Good exercise and a well-designed nutritional plan can benefit your pet in the long run. Keeping your pet in shape and eating healthy will control their weight. This means they will be less likely to put pressure on their joints. During your next appointment, ask our veterinarians about arthritis in pets. Call us to book at 250.591.4050.

How does arthritis occur in pets?

There is a protective tissue at your pet’s joints called cartilage. It is soft, firm and flexible. Cartilage protects the bones from touching. When the cartilage wears down, bones rub together causing inflammation. That is how arthritis forms.

How do I know if my pet has arthritis?

Arthritis is a painful condition. You will notice your pet move and react differently because they are experiencing discomfort. If your pet is limping, resistant to play or anxious about being touched or held a certain way, this could all be signs of arthritis.

Is there a cure for pets with arthritis?

No, but there are plenty of treatments available that ease the pain. From medication to physical alleviations, our veterinarians look forward to discussing the path that best suits you and your pet’s routine. Acupuncture and laser therapy help activate blood flow and reduce inflammation in targeted areas. Hydrotherapy allows your pet to be active without applying pressure on their joints. For at home care, we can supply pain management medicine in the form of tasty pills and you can ensure your pet always has a soft place to rest.

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.


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

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday - 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 Chase River Veterinary Hospital