Pet Orthopedic Surgery Jacksonville & Orange Park
Pets that suffer from bone fractures, torn ligament, or other trauma may require pet orthopedic surgery Jacksonville & Orange Park. PrimeVET Animal Hospital is equipped with an advanced surgical suite and board certified Veterinarians who are able to perform a wide range of orthopedic procedures. Plus, our surgical suite is equipped with the latest patient monitoring equipment to ensure the highest level of safety for your cat or dog. We understand there are many emotions that you may experience and follow strict protocols to ensure your pet's well being.
Pre-Op Requirements for Pet Surgery
Before your dog or cat undergoes any type of orthopedic surgery that requires anesthesia, they must receive a thorough examination from one of our veterinarians and have age-appropriate pre-op tests. These precautions are necessary because a pet can appear healthy but have underlying health conditions that could compromise their safety under anesthesia and cause surgical complications. Based on the pet's exam and lab results, his or her veterinarian will determine the safest and most effective anesthesia and pain-management protocol.
Common Orthopedic Pet Surgeries
In our continuing efforts to offer the highest quality of veterinary care for our patients, PrimeVET Animal Hospital is pleased to offer a wide range of orthopedic surgical services. Pet orthopedic procedures that our veterinarians perform include:
- Surgical Repair of Joint Injuries - A pet joint injury can cause lameness and discomfort. Luxations and joint fractures are often trauma induced from fights or accidents. Both dogs and cats can suffer cruciate ligament tears, hip luxations, shoulder injuries, stifle joint disruptions and wrist injuries as well as the onset of arthritis. Biting related injuries can penetrate into a joint and cause joint infections. For mild injuries, the veterinarian may prescribe pain medications, steroids or NSAIDs. However, pet orthopedic surgery may be required for ruptured ligaments and joint fractures.
- Knee Pain and Luxating Patella Repair - Dislocation of the kneecap is painful and results in lameness. Stifle joint disruptions (usually caused by falls) are more common in cats than in dogs. Cruciate ligament injuries, on the other hand, are more common in canines. The kneecap is embedded in the back of the patellar ligament and dislocations are usually caused by genetic malformations or trauma. Patellar luxation is one of the most prevalent knee joint abnormalities in dogs. This orthopedic condition is less common in cats but can lead to lameness issues if left untreated in either.
- Fracture Repair for Broken Bones - Just like humans, your cat or dog can break bones due to vehicular accidents, fighting with other animals, unexpected trauma, sporting injuries and more. The long bones of dogs and cats are very similar to the arm and leg bones in humans. A fracture that results in an open wound is called an open fracture. If there is no open wound near the break, it is called a closed fracture. Based on the severity of the injury, plates may be used in repairing a fracture.
- Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair - When the cranial cruciate ligament is torn, the knee joint becomes unstable and painful. It is often difficult for a cat or dog to bear weight on the affected hindlimb without it collapsing. Prompt surgical intervention is the standard of care. You pet may avoid putting weight on the leg and a clicking noise may occur when the leg is flexed. There are several surgical techniques used to correct the rupture, such as lateral suturing and tibial plateau leveling osteotomy. Your veterinarian can discuss the advantages and potential drawbacks of each.
- Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy - Dislocation of the hip joint is a condition that usually requires pet orthopedic surgery Jacksonville & Orange Park. A femoral head and neck ostectomy (FHO) is a salvage procedure used when joint stabilization cannot be attained or pain cannot be alleviated. The head and neck of the femur are removed to produce a false joint resulting from fibrous scar tissue. Activity is only limited immediately following the surgery, as regular exercise will help to restore and maintain a good range of motion in the repaired hip joint.
- Hip Luxation Repair - Hip luxation can occur in any age, breed or gender of dog or cat. The head of the femur (or ball) is displaced from the acetabulum (or socket). For a luxation to occur, the round ligament that holds the femur in the joint capsule is torn thus allowing the leg bone to become dislocated. If arthritis is not present, a hip reduction is usually done to put the hip back in joint. However, hip surgery or total hip replacement may be required to stabilize the joint. Hip luxation differs from hip dysplasia which a common genetic disease that leads to looseness of the hip joint.
Whether an orthopedic issue is genetically related or caused by an accident, our main objective is diminish pain and restore your pet's mobility.
Post-Surgical Pet Care
Our caring veterinarians and staff will monitor your pet before, during, and after pet orthopedic surgery Jacksonville & Orange Park. Post-op, pets are moved to our intensive care unit and monitored for several hours to ensure a safe recovery from anesthesia. We will do everything in our power to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible and will administer any necessary pain medication. At discharge, you will be provided with instructions for post-surgical care. Pain and other medications will be sent home with your cat or dog depending upon his or her individual needs. To ensure a speedy recovery, we will explain all post-op instructions.
We recognize this has been a stressful time for you and your pet. If any questions arise after your pet returns home, call us. After hours, we recommend you contact 904-264-8281 for Clay-Duval Pet Emergency, which is located less than 10 minutes from PrimeVET Animal Hospital.