Pets are just as likely to suffer from musculoskeletal issues as humans are. This is especially true for fairly active pets. Orthopedic issues affect the joints, bones, and muscles of your pet. They can happen as a result of an injury or accident. It may also be due to a genetic predisposition. If your pet is suffering from an orthopedic issue, our team at Silicon Valley Pet in Santa Clara can help. Our veterinarian can provide a thorough assessment of your pet’s current health and determine if orthopedic surgery is right for him or her.
Problems That Require Orthopedic Surgery
There are a few common problems that may require orthopedic surgery for your pet, including:
- Hip dysplasia- This is commonly a genetic disease that can affect your pet’s hips. This condition is more commonly seen in dogs of larger breeds. You may notice your pet having difficulty running, climbing stairs, or jumping. You may also notice a decrease in movement. Surgery can help restore your pet’s quality of life.
- Patellar Luxation- Animals suffering from this condition often experience it due to a patella that slips out of its groove. If your pet has a dislocated knee joint, you may notice them limping, biting, or licking at the knee and apparent symptoms of pain and discomfort.
- Cruciate ligament tears- This is also known as an ACL tear and unfortunately does not heal with medication or rest. If your pet has an ACL tear, you may notice signs such as clicking, pain, sitting abnormally, stiffness in both back legs, and even biting or licking the knee joint.
What Happens During Orthopedic Surgery?
Prior to orthopedic surgery, our veterinarian will perform a comprehensive exam for an accurate diagnosis to determine the best course of treatment for your pet. We will only perform a surgical procedure if it is the only effective option for treating your pet’s condition. Our veterinarian will create a customized treatment plan for your pet, so he or she can experience a swift recovery. This treatment plan will include pre and post-consultations, rehab, pain management, medications, and follow-up care. General anesthesia is required for any orthopedic procedure.
Contact Us for a Professional Pet Exam from Our Veterinarian in Santa Clara, CA
Regardless of the cause or severity of your pet’s orthopedic issue, our team will work with your pet every step of the way on its wellness journey. Our veterinarian at Silicon Valley Pet is dedicated to providing pet’s the care they need to live healthy and pain-free lives. If your pet needs orthopedic surgery, contact our Santa Clara office today. Learn more about the various pet care services we offer and how they can benefit your pet.