Orthopedic Services for Pets

Surgery, rehabilitation, and pain management to help pets suffering from bone injuries

Orthopedic injuries and conditions can be a major setback for your pet. It limits their movement and deteriorates their overall health. When your pet is experiencing pain and discomfort, our team can diagnose and treat their condition. At our clinic, we have digital radiology for diagnosis, and an orthopedic surgeon to help our patients. For specific cases, we bring in an additional orthopedic surgeon for specialized care.

What are common orthopedic issues in cats and dogs?

Factors such as age, breed, size, and weight can cause your pet to develop orthopedic conditions. Cats and dogs often have hip dysplasia, torn ligaments, fractures and arthritis. All of these conditions affect their mobility and cause severe pain. You will notice your pet is moving stiffly, limping, losing weight, having difficulty using the stairs, and/or is reluctant to jump/run/walk. Contact our team immediately if you suspect that your pet has an orthopedic condition by calling us at 403-932-5875.

How are orthopedic issues treated in pets?

Most orthopedic issues will only get worse if they aren't treated promptly. We provide various treatments for orthopedic conditions in cats or dogs:

  • Surgery: We work closely with an orthopedic surgeon who will perform the procedure in our own facility to keep your pet in familiar surroundings and therefore minimize your pet's stress.
  • Pain medication
  • Rehabilitation (laser therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, etc.)
  • Home exercises

How to care for my cat or dog after orthopedic surgery?

It can take months for pets to heal from orthopedic procedures. During this time, rehabilitation, medication and gentle care can make them comfortable and speed up the process. Here are some tips on how to care for your cat or dog after orthopedic surgery:

  1. Monitor their incision for the first few weeks. Until the surgical wound has healed, your cat or dog should not excessively play or take part in strenuous physical activities. Your veterinarian will tell you when it is safe to do so.
  2. Schedule physical therapy/rehab. This can be helpful in improving your pet's mobility and helping to maintain their strength.
  3. Provide an orthopedic bed. These beds have extra padding, which makes it more comfortable and easier for your pet to get in and out of. A denser bed can cushion their joints, eliminate pressure points, and prevent them from developing bed sores.
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