Do you think your pet is in pain? Is your cat or dog behaving unusually? Pembina Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing compassionate care and treatment to your pets for all kinds of orthopedic illnesses. Our veterinarians are known for delivering effective veterinary orthopedic surgery in Winnipeg to restore the health and wellness of your pet. Call us to book an appointment.
Orthopedic surgery can correct diseases and injuries of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and other skeletal structures. Veterinary orthopedic procedures can be performed on large animals such as horses, or smaller animals, such as dogs and cats.
From simple ailments such as ruptured ligament to more complicated problems such as kneecap dislocation issues, bone fractures and hip dysplasia, all kinds of conditions can be treated with orthopedic surgery. Orthopedic surgery is a permanent and enduring solution to bone and joint-related problems. If you notice that your pet is limping, in pain or having trouble getting around, it is wise to get an orthopedic check-up.
Here are some of the most common ailments in which your pet may require orthopedic surgery:
Hip Dysplasia The abnormal development of the hip can cause hip dysplasia In large breed dogs. It can also be challenging to identify the problem as the symptoms may not occur until much later when the joint instability has led to arthritis.
Elbow Dysplasia Similar to hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia is also caused by abnormalities in skeletal development. The symptoms of elbow dysplasia may not be evident until arthritis has occurred. Large breed dogs run a greater risk. One of the most manifest signs of elbow dysplasia is limping on the front leg. However, many times when both the legs are equally affected, dogs may run with shuffling strides.
Cruciate Ligament Rupture The rupturing of the cranial cruciate ligament can cause the knee joint (stifle) to become unstable. This can also further lead to arthritis. The dogs affected by this condition are often very reluctant to bear weight on the injured leg and may turn it out slightly so the knee points away from the body. It is not uncommon for a dog to rupture cranial cruciate ligaments in both knees over time.
Luxating Patellas The patella or kneecap may slip out of its groove. This can make it extremely difficult to straighten out the leg. This condition primarily affects the smaller breed dogs in one or both legs.
Arthritis Several orthopedic diseases in dogs could cause arthritis. Dogs with arthritis experience stiffness, pain and difficulty. They are reluctant to run and move about. They may also lose muscle mass over time and experience difficulty in rising or jumping.