Orthopedic Services For Dogs

We offer orthopedic services to improve your dog's mobility and overall quality of life.

Orthopedic problems can develop in your dog at any time, whether due to their lifestyle, breed, age, or diet. Without regular veterinary checkups orthopedic problems can go undetected because your pet will try to hide their pain. With any condition that your loyal companion may have, our team can provide a wide range of services to make them feel better.

What are common orthopedic problems in dogs?

As your pet gets older they can develop orthopedic conditions. We regularly diagnose dogs with the following issues:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Torn ligaments
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Luxating patella

How do I know my dog is having orthopedic issues?

Orthopedic conditions affect your dog’s joints, bones, ligaments, and tendons, which make up your pet’s musculoskeletal system. This system supports your pet’s weight and posture and, most importantly, controls their movement. When your dog is experiencing an orthopedic problem, they will likely have some of the following symptoms:

  • Reluctance to move, jump, or be active
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced mobility
  • Aggressiveness towards being touched or handled
  • Difficulty using the stairs

Our veterinarians will perform diagnostic tests such as digital X-rays to determine the best course of treatment for your dog’s condition. The veterinarian may recommend medication such as anti-inflammatory drugs, weight management, therapy, or surgery.

What does orthopedic surgery include?

Orthopedic surgery refers to surgery on the bone. In-house we can perform various procedures, including:

  • TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) - surgery on the knee
  • FHO (Femoral Head Ostectomy) - surgery on the hip bone
  • Fracture Repairs

Can orthopedic issues in my dog be prevented?

Some orthopedic issues in dogs are genetically inherited or are natural conditions associated with old age, however, some are acquired. Here are some steps to take that can help prevent your dog from developing orthopedic problems:

  1. Help them maintain their ideal body weight.
  2. Ensure you dog has frequent, low-impact exercise
  3. Offer a balanced diet rich in nutrients
  4. Speak to your veterinarian about supplements
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