Arthritis Services for Pets

It’s only natural that as your pet gets older, their body and health changes. When you notice shifts in their enthusiasm or movements, those could be signs of arthritis. This happens when the cartilage protecting their joints starts to thin, causing pain and discomfort. There are ways to relieve that pain, medically and non-medically, that you can do at home (e.g. soft bedding) or with us (e.g. acupuncture). Our physical exams, which you can book by appointment, give us the opportunity to inspect your pet’s tender spots and treat them accordingly.

How do I know if my pet has arthritis?

There are many signs of arthritis. Sometimes your pet will become less active inside and outside the house. Sitting down and getting up may take some time and their posture may become stiff. They may dislike being touched in certain areas, or at all, and their typical interests may not attract them anymore. Noticing their new behaviour is just the first step, booking an appointment with us at 403.982.8387 is the next.

Is there a way to prevent arthritis in pets?

Arthritis’ development is hard to see coming. It can be genetic or occur after injuries. As a result, it is difficult to prevent. Some deterrent measures you can try is ensuring your furry friend keeps a healthy diet and weight for their breed. This can be done by creating a nutritional plan and encouraging regular exercise. Our veterinarians would be happy to share more information when you book an appointment.

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: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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 Elizabeth Street Pet Hospital