Arthritis Services for Pets

We’ve often heard of animals having arthritis when they are seniors. The truth is pets can develop arthritis at any age due to injuries, genetics and weight. Since most people assume this condition is only found in older pets, owners sometimes fail to notice the warning signs their pet may be showing. Our veterinarians can spot the early signs of arthritis. It is a common disease that can be treated through therapies and surgeries. To learn more about how we can support your pet as they navigate this disease, contact us at 905.597.7373

What exactly is arthritis?

Arthritis is a musculoskeletal condition that causes pain in your pet’s joints. It all starts with the cartilage; a connective tissue that protects your pet’s bones from touching. When the cartilage between their joints starts to deteriorate, it causes their bones to rub together. This creates an intense friction that makes walking, jumping and weight on their body difficult to manage.

How do you know my pet has arthritis?

We detect arthritis in your pet through non-invasive examinations. We can inspect their body for pain or we can use diagnostic tools, such as an X-ray, to look for signs of arthritis. When we feel your pet’s body, we’re searching for areas sensitive to touch. Sometimes animals are aggressive or resistant when they are handled in a way that aggravates their arthritis. It helps if pet owners share any changes they’ve noticed in their pet’s behaviour. With X-rays we can spot abnormalities around the afflicted area. The friction from their bones rubbing together can cause inflammation and small growths to develop around the joint.

Last updated: October 18, 2021


The time has come to begin our reopening process! We cannot believe it has been over a year since we’ve had you all in the clinic but we are excited and eager to welcome you back. Please read carefully below for our updated policies and protocols.


  • Effective October 20, 2021, we will be allowing vaccinated clients in the clinic for doctors’ appointments only. Technician appointments and medication/food pick up will continue to be curbside to control the amount of people in the clinic at any given time.
  • We will be allowing one client to accompany their pet in the appointment. Because we will only be allowing one client in at a time, we will not be able to permit children to accompany their parents. There is a strict one-client rule due to the size of our examination rooms.
  • When you arrive for your appointment, please give the clinic a call at 905-597-7373. A Client Care Representative will either let you know the technician is ready to meet you at the door or will retrieve a phone number if we are not quite ready yet.
  • A technician will meet you at the front door. Please have your vaccine passport/identification ready at this time. The technician will also ask you a few COVID-19 Screening questions before guiding you into the clinic.
  • Face masks are still required to enter the hospital and must be worn properly at all times within the clinic and when interacting with our team members outside.
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entry.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.

    We appreciate advance notice for food and prescription refills. Please call 905.597.7373 upon arrival at the FRONT DOOR and a receptionist will be out with your order right away. For faster service, we suggest ordering pet supplies and food through our online store. Delivery is free with purchases over $100.00. It's easy! Just click ONLINE STORE on our website to sign up.


    Monday and Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
    Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
    Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
    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 Green Lane Animal Hospital