Bellevue Veterinary Hospital, Parksville

(250) 248-2031



arthritisArthritis is a degenerative disease of joints that usually results from chronic wear and tear. Arthritis is the number one cause of chronic pain in dogs and cats.

A few questions you might think about if you have an older dog:

  • Is your pet having difficulty getting up and down stairs or in and out of the car?
  • Is he/she stiff when getting up after lying down?
  • Is your pet more irritable than usual or restless when sleeping?

If you have a cat:

  • Is he/she reluctant to jump up on to furniture?
  • Does your cat avoid being picked up?
  • Has there been a change in response to grooming?

These are all potential signs of arthritis.

Pet Food Myths


There are many myths about pet food. Where do you get your information about pet nutrition? Is it from a salesperson? Is it from a TV advertisement? There are many misleading pieces of information being propagated through media and sales.

Consider the science. Ask your vet.

Corn: Corn actually has many benefits. It’s an excellent source of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants and an essential fatty acid. Corn is highly digestible when cooked and is NOT a common cause of food allergies. Because of all these things, corn is not “just filler”.

By-Products: Many by-products are excellent sources of nutrients for pets. Examples include animal fats, internal organs and beet pulp.

Meat First: Meat is not the only valuable source of nutrition for your dog. When meat is listed first, remember that the high water content makes it weigh more than dry ingredients such as grains, meals and vitamins. Also dogs are omnivores, meaning that they naturally get their nutrition from meat and plant-based nutrition.

High Protein: Animals cannot store protein, so their organs have to work extra hard when they are fed a food that has higher protein than needed. This can lead to health problems, especially in the older pet. 

Grain-Free: There is nothing to support the benefit of a grain-free diet for pets.