It is that time of year again…is your pet starting to suffer from arthritis?

With the cooler weather upon us, we can often forget that our pets feel it too.  Have you noticed your pet moving slower? Maybe not quite as active as usual? Taking longer to stand from a lying position? They may be suffering from arthritis.

At this time of year, we commonly see an increase in dogs and cats with arthritis in their joints. Pets are great at hiding pain and illness, so you may not even realise that they suffer from arthritis or other mobility problems.

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What is arthritis?

Arthritis basically means inflammation of a joint.  It can affect any animal, but certain factors can make some more inclined to develop the disease such as age, breed, obesity, trauma, and developmental problems.  Arthritis most commonly affects the hips and knees of dogs, especially in older large-breed dogs.

Typical physical signs of arthritis include:

  • Limping
  • Difficulty rising
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased activity levels
  • Decreased appetite
  • Poor grooming in cats
  • Reluctance to run/play/climb stairs/jump in the car
  • Changes in behaviour such as aggression or withdrawal, especially when touched
  • Visibly swollen joints.

Left unmanaged, arthritis results in severe cartilage destruction, leaving the underlying bone exposed.  While there is no cure for arthritis, there is a lot we can do to dramatically improve the quality of your pet’s life.

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How can we help your arthritis pet get back on its paws?

Cartrophen Vet Injections

Cartrophen Vet Injections given by your vet can significantly help treat arthritis symptoms.  Initially, pet’s receive a course of four injections once a year (usually coming into Winter when arthritis symptoms are at their worst).  As arthritis progresses later in life, we may give a Cartrophen booster injection every three months, or even once a month to alleviate symptoms.

The treatment is very well tolerated with 80% of pets responding quickly to the initial course with a reduction in lameness and pain.  There are almost no side effects recorded from thousands of doses we have administered.

Joint support supplements

Joint support supplements (glucosamine, chondroitin, omega 3, MSM and green-lipped muscle) can slow down cartilage destruction, reduce inflammation and restore joint fluid and cartilage health.

Physiotherapy and acupuncture

Animal physiotherapy and acupuncture are therapies that are becoming commonplace in the treatment of degenerative conditions like arthritis, hip dysplasia and cruciate disease.

Animals undergoing physiotherapy may receive various treatments including soft tissue and joint mobilisation, massage, stretching and strengthening exercises. These provide pain relief and restore muscle and joint function. Acupuncture, electrotherapy such as laser, electrical stimulation, and heat treatment may also be used.

Click here for further information on alternative therapies for treating arthritis.


We can arrange hydrotherapy, or exercise on an underwater treadmill. This accelerates muscle growth and restores normal limb function in a low-impact environment.

Our in-clinic physiotherapist, Nicky Suckle, can devise a comprehensive program to meet your pet’s needs, including exercises to perform at home.

Stem cell therapy

Stem Cell Therapy (STC) has been around for years…we have all heard of people needing bone marrow transplants after cancer chemotherapy, and parents keeping their new born babies’ umbilical cord blood, but recent studies in both human and animal medicine has seen this therapy branch-out to treat a whole range of other conditions including heart muscle disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and even brain or spinal cord damage.

We have now provided stem cell therapy to a number of animals with a great deal of success.  Click here to see further information about this therapy.

Weight loss

Weight loss, if weight is a problem, will also reduce the workload on their joints.  Join our free Weight Loss Clinic to help your pet.


Conventional anti-inflammatories and painkillers are reserved for severe cases where the above treatments have failed to relieve pain and discomfort.

Further information on arthritis

Please contact us if you would like an arthritis check-up for your pet, and we can tailor an individual treatment plan to suit your pet.

If you think your pet may have arthritis, or you would like to learn more about it, check out our further information here.

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Upcoming Holiday Hours

We would like to notify you of our upcoming public holiday hours.

Easter Holidays

  • Good Friday – CLOSED
  • Saturday – CLOSED
  • Sunday – CLOSED
  • Easter Monday – 8am to 4pm


  • 25th April, Monday – 8am to 4pm

Labour Day

  • 2nd May, Monday – 8am to 4pm
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Is your pets heartworm up to date?

Flood waters are bringing in more mosquitoes and we need to be aware if our animals heartworm prevention is up to date.

Dogs can contract heartworm through a mosquitoes bite. Heartworm can cause lung damage, heart failure, and, in some cases, can be life-threatening.

If your pet is not currently receiving heartworm prevention, contact us at Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery on 5493 2655 to arrange an appointment.

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Congratulations Belinda

We would like to congratulate our bright and beautiful Belinda on 13 dedicated years here at Nicklin Way Vets!


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Christmas hours and medication orders

Whilst our clinic will only be closed on selected days over the Christmas period, our suppliers will be either closed or on reduced deliveries during this time.

Please check your pet’s medications to ensure that you have enough to last until after the 4th January 2022.

If you do not have enough medication to get through, please give us a call to place your call as soon as possible, but no later than Monday 20th December.

Phone: 5493 2655 or use our online prescription form.

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Closed for training

Closed for staff training

Please note that we will be closed for staff training each first Thursday of the month between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your understanding.

In case of emergency, please call North Coast Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care on 5453 7555.

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International Vet Nurse Day

Today is International Vet Nurse’s Day

Today is International Vet Nurse’s Day, a day to show appreciation for the tireless efforts of our wonderful nurses! Our nurses are so dedicated to our practice and are always providing the heartfelt, loving care that our patients deserve.

Our vet nurses perform a wide range of duties, just like the vets. They have a specialised skill set aimed at caring for animals in a professional manner. Our nurses keep their study up to date and are always interested in learning about new treatment protocols and medications.

Being a vet nurse is a tough job, it can be very emotional at times, there are many ups and downs. There is also always lots of work to do, so they are always keeping busy! Then of course they always need to keep things clean and tidy and help our clients, all whilst caring for our lovely patients. Without them our hospital would not function, so we really do appreciate everything that our lovely nurses do for us each and every day.

Show your appreciation by posting a message to thank our nurses, it means a lot to hear that you value their wonderful work.