Therapies and surgical procedures to help your pet.
Watching a pet suffer after experiencing an injured limb can be very stressful. We want to make sure that when you take your pet to us at Little Animal Hospital in Longview, he or she will get the best treatment possible. We understand that a healthy pet makes a happy home and will make every effort to ensure professional care and speedy recovery for your pet. That's why our veterinary orthopedic care offers therapies and surgical procedures to help your animal when he or she needs it most.
Both cats and dogs may experience complex fractures of the bones that require surgery to restore normal function. Many animals develop osteoarthritis as they age, a condition caused by the normal wear and tear on joints. Some breeds of dogs have a genetic vulnerability for hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia. Very active dogs may experience torn cruciate ligaments that may need surgical repair.
You may notice your dog is limping or seems to favor one leg when walking. He or she may take some time getting up from a sitting or lying position or yelp with sudden movements. Symptoms like swollen joints or your pet being irritable or reluctant to exercise are signs your pet should see our team for a thorough examination. We will determine if an orthopedic issue is causing pain or poor mobility.
Our vets will do a physical examination and order x-rays or ultrasounds to understand the underlying problem. For some issues, medications or bracing may be needed to improve comfort and function. Other cases may require surgery to repair the damage. Physical therapy may also be needed to strengthen muscles that support the bones and joints, to restore normal movement.
Orthopedic surgery is just one of the many types of surgery offered at Little Animal Hospital. We have an area veterinarian who comes to the office to expertly repair what is broken.