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Arthritis Treatment for Pets

As the years go by, seeing your pet grow from puppies and kittens into adulthood and senior age, is one of the things that bring joy to our team. We are honoured to build a relationship with owners and maintain the health of cherished pets throughout their lives. As pets approach their senior years, arthritis is one of the conditions that they can be diagnosed with. At Coastland Veterinary Hospital, we can ensure that your pet receives the proper care they need to maximize their comfort despite having this condition.

How should I care for my senior pet?

We advise that you take your older pet for a full examination at least twice per year, especially if they have been diagnosed with arthritis. Contact us at 250.926.0006 to schedule your next consultation.

What are the signs of arthritis in dogs or cats?

Symptoms vary for every pet, that being said, some signs that may indicate that your pet has arthritis include:

  • Difficulty getting up and sitting/lying down (they may groan or wince in discomfort)
  • Slower walking and running pace
  • Stiffness, limping or trembling
  • Trouble going on couches or climbing up stairs
  • Less interest in physical activities
  • How should I care for my dog/cat/pet who has arthritis?

    The best course of action is to consult with our veterinarians and RVTs, so that we can properly diagnose and examine your pet. Once this is done, we can create a treatment plan that is tailor-made just for your pet. Treatment options may include supplements, medications, diet modifications, exercise and rehabilitation.

    Last updated: July 28, 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!

    As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.


    We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


    The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE


    During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

    Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

    Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

    Monday - 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!

    - Your dedicated team at Coastland Veterinary Hospital