Injuries and diseases of the bone in pets are more common than most pet owners realize. Our pets play, run, spin, leap, and generally use their bodies in a variety of interesting and, sometimes dangerous, ways. Unfortunately, these youthful shenanigans can also have negative consequences.
Despite our best intentions, sometimes our pet’s activities can end up leading to bone, joint, and muscle injuries. In addition, many breeds carry with them genetic tendencies toward certain types of bone and joint damage, including, hip dysplasia, back and knee issues. At Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center, we’re equipped to handle these problems and more through the use of orthopedic surgery.
What Is Pet Orthopedic Surgery?
Veterinary orthopedic surgery is centered on treating skeletal disorders. Many problems a companion animal may have with his or her bones, joints, ligaments or tendons can be treated with orthopedic surgery, including:
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments / tendons
- Joint dislocation
- Congenital problems
Orthopedic Surgery At Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center
Orthopedics is one of our passions at Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center. We see pets with a variety of complicated orthopedic problems every day, from emergencies to chronic issues, and are pleased to be able to provide a full range of services, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation.
Canine TPLO Surgery
The TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgery is one of the most popular types of orthopedic surgery performed on dogs that have torn their cranial cruciate ligament, or ACL.
As much of an art as it is a science, TPLO surgery serves to restructure and stabilize the stifle joint, which essentially eliminates the need for the acl ligament. The vast majority of dogs recover quickly, experience little to no postoperative complications, and resume active lifestyles with all of their former vigor.
Successful TPLO surgery requires high levels of experience and expertise. At Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center we are extremely fortunate to have a certified TPLO surgeon on staff and ready to help should you decide that this surgery is right for your dog.
The Importance Of Regular Wellness Exams
Pets are notoriously stoic about pain and discomfort, so it’s especially important to maintain their regularly scheduled wellness exams. Each visit allows us the opportunity to examine your pet for signs of arthritis or other skeletal issues that may be brewing.
The sooner we can diagnose a problem, the sooner we can begin treatment, which can often save you considerable time and money, not to mention discomfort for your pet.
We Look Forward To Serving You And Your Pet
We all strive to provide our pets with the best possible life, and sometimes this great act of love includes a surgery to help restore comfort and mobility. If you suspect your pet may be in need of orthopedic services, don’t hesitate to contact us. Together we can outline the proper course of action to get your pet back on the road to wellness.