Like people, animals can develop orthopedic problems that can affect their ability to walk and move comfortably. These conditions may be a result of an injury, genetic factors, or natural aging. Several orthopedic surgical procedures have been developed to help these animals regain normal function. At Townsgate Pet Hospital in Westlake Village, we offer a variety of procedures to help pets with orthopedic problems.
Understanding Veterinary Orthopedics
Orthopedics is the field in medicine that deals with disorders of the bones, joints, and spine. Many advances have been made in veterinary medicine, adapting the techniques used in human care to help animals. Treatments for orthopedic problems range from veterinary pharmaceuticals to surgical procedures, as well as a variety of therapy techniques used to improve movement and reduce pain.
Common Orthopedic Conditions in Pets
Fractures of the bone from injuries are among the most common orthopedic problems that animals experience. These issues often require complex procedures to repair the bones. Other common problems include CCL injuries, which are similar to ACL injuries in humans, luxating patella, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. Spinal disc problems can also occur. Older animals may suffer from arthritis which causes pain, stiffness, and poor mobility.
Treatments for Orthopedic Problems
After a thorough examination and testing, our vet will determine an appropriate treatment to improve your pet’s symptoms and restore normal mobility. Medications can help to reduce inflammation and pain. Physical therapy can strengthen the supporting muscles for better movement. Orthopedic surgery may be necessary to repair the soft tissue damage. In some cases, procedures to re-structure the bone can help to restore comfortable movement for your pet.
Aftercare For Orthopedic Surgeries
Most pets do quite well after orthopedic surgery. Pet owners need to enforce limited activities for a brief period while the incision heals. You may also have to change the dressings and administer a few medications to prevent an infection and to reduce discomfort during the recovery. In some cases, post-surgical physical therapy may be needed to maximize your pet’s mobility. Attending follow-up visits with our veterinarian is an important part of aftercare to ensure proper healing and a quick return to normal activities.
Contact Townsgate Pet Hospital For Your Pet’s Care
Dr. Kiumarsi and the team at Townsgate Pet Hospital are committed to providing quality care for each of their patients in Westlake Village, CA. We offer many veterinary services, including wellness care, vaccinations, parasite prevention, blood work, surgery, microchipping, and emergency pet care. Call Townsgate Pet Hospital today at (805) 230-1999 for an appointment to learn more about our orthopedic surgical techniques to help pets enjoy better mobility throughout life.