When your pet is injured or has a degenerative condition, orthopedic surgery may be required. At Crestwood Court Veterinary Clinic in Vancouver, we offer orthopedic surgery and other veterinary services.
What is Orthopedic Pet Surgery?
Orthopedic pet surgery includes a wide variety of invasive and non-invasive procedures. Orthopedic problems include issues with the joints, skeletal system, muscles, and soft tissue. Trauma is one cause of orthopedic problems. Some orthopedic conditions are present from birth, and some are age-related. Most orthopedic surgeries focus on repairing the leg, knee, or hip. Problems can also occur in the neck, back, and shoulders. Orthopedic surgeries include total hip replacements, ACL repair, and medial patellar luxation.
Indications Your Pet May Require Surgery
Most symptoms of orthopedic problems in dogs are related to movement and pain. Your pet cannot use words to tell you when something hurts, but observation will tell you when there is a problem.
Signs of orthopedic conditions include:
- Abnormal stance or gait
- Reluctance to move or inability to stand
- Swollen joints
- Loss of appetite
Orthopedic problems cause pain for your pet, particularly with movement. You may notice your pet being less active. It may move slower and appear stiff. You may also notice that your pet whines when it moves and has a reduced appetite.
Veterinary Exams and Procedures
If orthopedic problems are suspected, your pet will need an examination by a veterinarian. We will look for orthopedic problems and discuss the treatment options, including surgery. An exam will usually begin with observing your pet’s gait. Your pet will walk around the room, and the vet will look for any abnormalities. We will then check each limb for pain, range of motion, swelling, and structural abnormalities. One of our veterinarians will check the neck for flexibility and pain and check the back for any pain or abnormalities. Your pet’s toes and tendons are examined as well.
If the veterinarian needs to confirm the findings, an x-ray is often recommended. In some cases, a cat scan or MRI can be used. This gives the veterinarian a view of the muscles, tendons, joints, and bones which can provide further details about any orthopedic conditions.
The specifics of surgery and recovery will vary based on the procedure. Generally, your pet will be put under anesthesia before the procedure. You may have to stop providing medications or supplements to your pet before surgery. Food and water should be avoided on the day of surgery. Your pet may need to stay at our veterinary clinic overnight after the surgery.
Orthopedic Pet Surgery in Vancouver, WA
If your pet needs orthopedic surgery and you live in or around Vancouver, contact our team at Crestwood Court Veterinary Clinic. Proper veterinary care can improve your pet's quality of life. Our board-certified veterinarians are skilled in performing pet surgery. Call us today at (360) 254-8811 to learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.