Nobody wants to see their pet in pain or have to undergo surgery. Sometimes, however, surgery is necessary to maintain a cat or dog’s health and quality of life. If you notice signs of musculoskeletal disease (such as limping, favoring a limb, or changing posture) or if your pet suffers an injury, orthopedic surgery can provide relief, restoring your pet’s musculoskeletal system and normal range of motion.
What Does Orthopedic Surgery Treat?
Conditions or injuries which damage your pet’s joints, muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments can make it painful for your pet to play or move around normally. Orthopedic surgery focuses on repairing and restoring a pet’s musculoskeletal system with a variety of surgical procedures to facilitate pain-free activity and normal range of motion.
What to Expect During Orthopedic Surgery?
At Animal Wellness Center, we understand that having a pet who needs surgery can be a stressful situation. That’s why our veterinarians work with patients and their humans to ensure you’re fully prepared for every part of your pet’s procedure. We welcome you to ask any questions you have about what to expect before, during, and after your pet’s surgery.
Prior to surgery, our veterinarian will perform a physical examination and might take diagnostic x-rays to determine the type of surgery your pet requires. We will then screen your pet to ensure he or she is healthy enough to undergo surgery and anesthesia. This includes pre-anesthetic bloodwork and other diagnostic tools. Your pet’s pre-surgical appointment will also help us determine the anesthetic protocols to employ during your pet’s procedure, and any post surgical medications that they might need after.
During surgery, we use the highest quality anesthetics and monitoring equipment to ensure your pet’s procedure is safe and pain-free. We also might recommend administering pain medications and antibiotics during surgery to facilitate a smooth recovery.
After your pet’s surgery, we’ll notify you immediately to let you know how your pet is doing. Whether your pet returns the same day or spends a night at the hospital, we’ll provide you with post-surgical instructions to ensure your pet recovers quickly with minimal discomfort.
Additional Recovery Treatment
In addition to pain medications and antibiotics, we might recommend scheduling your pet for a post-surgery cold laser therapy appointment to accelerate healing, minimize scar tissue, reducing inflammation, and relieve pain.
Find Out How Orthopedic Surgery Can Improve Your Pet's Life
If your pet suffers from an injury, a musculoskeletal condition, or a disease that’s affecting his or her mobility and quality of life, we recommend scheduling an orthopedic surgery consultation with a veterinary surgeon at one of Animal Wellness Center’s five locations. We’ll examine your pet and use a few diagnostic tests to determine the least-invasive and most appropriate treatment plan.