Pets, most commonly dogs, often experience any number of problems that require orthopedic treatment. When your animal companion experiences an injury such as a torn ligament or develops conditions such as osteoarthritis and other orthopedic problems, conservative surgery and prosthetic appliances can help restore the health and happiness of your pet.
WHAT TYPE OF ISSUES CAN REQUIRE ORTHOPEDIC CARE FOR MY PET?
Ligament conditions such as tears can occur when an animal does a fast movement while running or playing. In some cases, this type of injury can happen due to misalignment in the natural structures of the leg in small breeds of dogs. Patellar luxation is also common in small dogs. This occurs when the kneecap fails to be held in proper place, causing to it slip out of alignment.
Older animals often develop osteoarthritis from years of wear and tear on their joints. Conditions such as hip dysplasia is another orthopedic problem that occurs in many dog breeds. Dogs and cats alike can sustain an injury that will often require orthopedic treatment.
DIAGNOSING ORTHOPEDIC PROBLEMS IN PETS
Your trusted veterinarian will order several tests for determining both the specific issue and level of severity of the orthopedic problem. Tests typically include blood work, x-rays, and an MRI to examine structures of the affected limbs accurately. After a careful examination, your vet will then recommend the ideal route for your pet’s orthopedic treatment.
ORTHOPEDIC TREATMENT SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR PET
Your trusted veterinarian can offer a range of treatment options for your pet’s unique orthopedic needs, from conservative, non-invasive care to surgery. Conditions like osteoarthritis can be helped with supplements and prescription medications. Ligament injuries or hip dysplasia may require surgery and older animals may need a joint replacement. As with humans, pets often require physical therapy as part of their treatment of orthopedic problems to achieve optimal function.
For more information on our personable orthopedic care for your animal loved one, contact Essington Road Animal Hospital in Joliet today!