Dr. Paster at Akaal Pet Hospital in Citrus Heights

What Is Orthopedic Surgery for Pets?

When a pet's bones or joints degenerate, pet orthopedic surgery is often the most effective procedure for correcting these and other related conditions. Pet orthopedic surgery at Akaal Pet Hospital in Citrus Heights can be helpful in restoring your pet back to his normal state of health. Our caring staff has extensive experience in this area of veterinary medicine and can provide the best possible care for your animal. 

What Medical Conditions Will a Veterinarian Screen for?

There are a number of disorders and conditions that vets will typically screen animals for when considering orthopedic surgery. For instance, a vet might check for broken bones if the animal appears to be experiencing pain. Hip dysplasia and arthritis are other conditions that the vet will frequently consider during an orthopedic exam.

Possible Issues That Should Be Addressed with an Orthopedic Exam

Orthopedic pet surgery can include any number of joint and bone corrections such as hip dysplasia repair, tendon and ligament reconstruction, minimally-invasive fraction surgery, total hip replacement or other joint replacements.

Common problems

Among the most frequently reported orthopedic problems found in dogs are:

  • Disc problems

Some smaller dog breeds are prone to neck disc issues, while larger breeds frequently experience chronic lower back issues. When discs become ruptured, they are considered surgical emergencies that can cause intense physical pain or paralysis. Therefore, it is important to get your dog to a veterinarian as soon as he begins to display symptoms.

  • Luxating patella

Many different breeds of dogs are at risk for knee cap problems that are referred to as luxating patellas. The patella, or kneecap, rests in a groove. The patella can sometimes slip out of this groove.

  • Hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a genetic disease that is more common in larger breeds, such a Labradors, retrievers, or German Shepherds. It can lead to serious arthritis that sometimes requires surgical intervention. Your Citrus Heights veterinarian can advise you on preventative measures you can take to help reduce the risk of hip dysplasia in your dog.

  • Torn cruciate ligaments

Torn anterior cranial cruciate ligaments can occur when dogs run in erratic ways during play, or any other form of intense activity. Torn cruciate ligaments should be surgically repaired in order to prevent the onset of arthritis. This type of pet surgery requires a longer recovery period than other types of surgery. 

Post-surgical veterinarian help

Oftentimes, recovery from a veterinary orthopedic procedure is more complex than recovery from other types of surgeries.  At Akaal Pet Hospital, your reliable Citrus Heights veterinary service, we provide excellent post-surgical veterinarian help for your pet that assures the fastest and most successful recovery possible.

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