Like people, pets can suffer from orthopedic health issues. Orthopedic problems are those affecting your pet’s bones, muscles, or joints. These problems may range from minor inconveniences to debilitating health issues that require orthopedic surgery. At Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton, GA, orthopedic care is one of our many specialties. We accurate diagnoses of pet’s problems and recommend the best possible treatment.
Symptoms of Canine Orthopedic Problems
Orthopedic disorders can often be distinguished by the following symptoms:
- Difficulty rising from a lying down position
- Abnormalities in walking, standing, or running
- Lethargy or reluctance to get up and about
- Misshapen limbs
- Stiff muscles or joints/inflammation
- Excess weight gain due to reduced mobility
Types of Orthopedic Problems in Dogs
Osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, ligament tears, luxating patella (floating kneecaps), and osteochondritis (bone disease) are some of the most common orthopedic problems in dogs. These problems can be caused by injuries, disease, poor nutrition, obesity, or genetic predispositions. Large breeds are more susceptible to bone disease and dysplasia, while smaller breeds are more likely to develop luxating patella. Obesity can lead to all kinds of joint problems due to excess weight putting pressure on your dog’s joints.
If your dog is showing signs of orthopedic issues, contact our Canton, GA veterinarian for an evaluation. Our vet will conduct a physical exam and order diagnostics in the form of x-rays or ultrasound, if needed, to obtain an accurate diagnosis of your pet’s condition.
Treatment of Canine Orthopedic Issues
Upon diagnosis of your pet’s condition, our Canton veterinarian will recommend treatment. Orthopedic surgery may be necessary to correct injuries like fractured bones or torn ligaments, as well as treat conditions like osteochondritis, hip dysplasia, and osteoarthritis. Orthopedic surgery can help ease your dog’s pain and restore his mobility. Depending on your pet’s condition, he may also benefit from other treatments like anti-inflammatory medications, therapeutic massage, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, or rehab.
Soft tissue surgery is used to treat skin, muscle, and internal issues. Some examples include foreign body removal, tumor removal, and reconstructive surgery.
Whether your dog requires soft tissue or orthopedic pet surgery, he will need special post-op care to help him recover. Once your pet is ready to go home, we’ll give you explicit instructions on how to handle his care. We'll also provide you with pain medications and antibiotics to help expedite his healing. Once your pet has recovered from orthopedic pet surgery, we’ll recommend rehab exercises to help restore his range of motion and mobility.
See Our Canton, GA Veterinarian for Orthopedic Treatment
To schedule a consultation for tumor removal or diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic issues, contact Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton, GA at 770-479-1905.