Orthopedic Surgery

Pet Orthopedic Surgery

The word 'orthopedic' comes from the Greek word for 'straight.' Orthopedic surgery is the branch of surgery focusing on the musculoskeletal system. That is, your skeleton, ligaments, spine, and so on. Basically, where bones meet muscle. In many instances, an orthopedic surgeon will be tasked with mending the trauma suffered as the result of an injury. In other instances, orthopedic surgery may help to manage spinal diseases, tumors, and congenital disorders.


How Do I Know If My Pet Needs Orthopedic Surgery?

In more ways than not, a dog's body or a cat's body isn't so different from a human's. We have, for the most part, comparable anatomies when it comes to the musculoskeletal system: Spine, neck, knees, ankles, hips, etc. So, it stands to reason that your pet may, at some point or another in their life, need to visit an animal hospital for reasons related to that musculoskeletal system.

It can be difficult to know when your pet's issues are musculoskeletal in nature. Sometimes it is obvious, as in the case of a limp, a clearly dislocated joint and so on. In other instances, your pet may simply stop eating and appear lethargic and depressed. They may be irritable or physically sore. The only way to be sure if your pet needs orthopedic care is to consult with trained veterinarians in McMurray.

How Can The Veterinarians Tell?

Sometimes musculoskeletal issues can be identified or ruled out with simple tests, but your pet may require radiography or other imaging to determine exactly where the problem lies. Radiography provides fast, accurate information so that the doctors can get started on a solution right away.

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When your pet is in pain, when they are showing symptoms of discomfort or they just do not seem to be operating at one hundred percent, fast action is of the utmost importance. Allowed to persist, many orthopedic problems may simply get worse over time.

We always hope that it is nothing. Sometimes your pet is just a little nauseous after eating something they should not have, or they are in a weird mood after a sudden life change. That is what we always hope for, but sometimes it is more severe than that, and that's when we want to get them to the animal hospital.

If you are worried about your pet, get in touch with Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in McMurray. We are here to help you and your friend however we can.


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