Orthopedic Surgery:

Helping Pets to Get Back on Their Paws

Dog with staff

Veterinary orthopedic surgery is used to treat disorders involving a pet’s bones, ligaments, muscle tissue, and joints. It may be required to repair an injury, such as a broken bone due to a car accident or a fall. Alternatively, a pet could have a genetic predisposition toward hip dysplasia and require treatment to counteract its painful effects.

At Town & Country Animal Hospital, our highly-trained veterinarians are experienced in performing many of the most advanced orthopedic surgery procedures available. In addition, we have extensive surgical safety protocols in place to ensure your pet’s well-being throughout the entire procedure. Should your pet ever require specialized care of this nature, he or she will be in excellent hands.

Veterinary Diagnostics

Identifying the precise nature of your pet’s disorder is the first step toward successful treatment. Our veterinarians will perform a comprehensive physical and use diagnostic tools, such as veterinary radiology, to obtain a closer look at your pet’s condition.

Our digital X-ray technology offers a high-resolution view of your pet’s bones, including his or her teeth and jaws, enabling us to determine the exact nature of any fractures or the presence of disease. In addition, it allows us to evaluate other muscular-skeletal issues, such as cat or dog arthritis.

Veterinary Surgery Treatments

While our veterinarians have experience conducting a wide variety of procedures, some of the most common orthopedic surgeries we perform involve fracture and knee repairs.

In the case of fractures, these surgeries typically involve either internal fixation—where a pin is inserted into the bone—or external fixation, where the devices used to repair the bone are placed on the exterior of the pet. Determining which procedure is most appropriate will depend on a variety of factors, including the location and type of fracture involved, as well as the age of the pet.

The orthopedic injury that occurs most frequently in dogs is a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament. This is similar to an ACL rupture taking place in a human patient. Our veterinarians perform both extracapsular and TightRope CCL knee repair surgeries—the latter being especially beneficial for larger dogs. If you would like to learn more about these procedures and which one may be most appropriate for your pet’s condition, please contact us. We will be happy to arrange a consultation!