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Orthopedic Surgery at Akaal Pet Hospital in Citrus Heights

If your pet has a bone or joint injury, or if they suffer from a condition that impacts a joint, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons can provide them with state-of-the-art care at a reasonable price.

Dr. Paster at Akaal Pet Hospital in Citrus Heights

Dr. Erin Paster heads up our orthopedic surgery team. A board certified orthopedic surgeon and published researcher who has completed post-doctorate fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, run clinics and researched hip dysplasia and orthopedic diseases;,Dr. Paster has the knowledge and experience to ensure your pet thrives.

Why would my pet need orthopedic surgery?

If your cat or dog breaks a bone, or if they tear a ligament they will most likely need surgical repair. The most common treatments for dogs are cruciate ligament repair (the equivalent of a human ACL), arthroscopic joint surgery and hip and elbow dysplasia repair.

What will the procedure require?

Most orthopedic surgeries require your pet togo under general anesthesia and then maintained under oxygen and a gasanesthetic like. Most procedures can be time-consuming and we may monitor yourpet in our clinic.

How long will it take for my dog or cat to recover?

Typically, a pet that has undergone anorthopedic procedure will require at least 6 to 8 weeks of exerciserestrictions. This means you, as a pet parent, will need to be monitoring theiractivity closely. You will most likely need an Elizabethan collar (the lampshade collar) to prevent your pet from licking the incision site, and you willneed to follow the vet's instructions on monitoring and keeping the affectedarea clean.

If your pet is going to require physicaltherapy to fully recover from the procedure, our team will give youinstructions on the day of surgery atdischarge.

Every pet's recovery is different, but for most pets it takes 6 to 8 weeks to recover completely.

Call Akaal Pet Hospital in Citrus Heights today to schedule an appointment! (916) 729-7779

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