Dog Arthritis

Arthritis Treatment for Dogs

Common symptoms you may see if your dog has developed arthritis including taking longer to get up from lying down, stiff movement of their limbs and lameness. Dogs with arthritis tend to not want to go for as long of a walk as they used to and may tire more easily. Stairs and jumping can often become more difficult for a dog with arthritis.

What causes arthritis in dogs?

Typically, arthritis arises from wear and tear on your dog’s joints throughout their life. It often occurs more commonly in dogs who are overweight or who suffered from orthopedic injuries earlier on in life. Some larger breed dogs are predisposed as well.

What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?

Medications that provide pain control and reduce inflammation are the main treatment option for arthritis. At Seneca Animal Clinic, we also use multi-modal management of arthritis by encouraging weight loss, physiotherapy exercises as well as supplements for joints including Glucosamine and Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

Can I give my dog aspirin?

Dogs don’t tolerate aspirin well and the dose is different than it is for humans. We do not recommend giving this to your dog. If you think your dog is in pain, please call the clinic to schedule a time to see one of our doctors. They can help you with pain medication that is safer and less liable to cause side effects.


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Last updated: December 16, 2020

Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Seneca Animal Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of August 14, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit for urgent, new puppy/kitten, or euthanasia appointments.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 416.494.1109 upon your arrival.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Use hand santizing station upon entry.
  • 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".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, 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.

    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


    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.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    - Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    - 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 Seneca Animal Clinic