Orthopedic conditions can impact your loyal companion's musculoskeletal structures which includes their bones, joints, and muscles. As such, it can affect your pet's range of motion and eventually lead to pain and inflammation. The goal of orthopedic services is to ease your pet's discomfort and help to diagnose, treat, and manage those conditions and injuries. To learn more, contact us at 204-728-0033.
What are some orthopedic conditions in dogs and cats?
Depending on your pet's age, breed and overall health, they may be more likely to develop certain conditions. Some common orthopedic conditions include:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Osteochondritis dissecans
- Patellar luxation
- Cruciate ligament injuries
- Intervertebral disc disease
How do I know if my dog or cat needs orthopedic services?
Dogs, cats, and other pets can hide their pain really well. The moment you notice visible symptoms, your loyal companion needs to be checked out right away because this usually means their health problem has increased in severity. Your veterinarian can perform a physical exam and diagnostic tests to determine if your pet has an orthopedic condition. Early detection and treatment of orthopedic conditions can help improve your pet's quality of life, as well as prevent further complications. Therefore, if you notice any of the following signs, please consult with a veterinarian as soon as possible:
- Limping or lameness
- Difficulty getting up or down
- Decreased activity level
- Changes in gait or posture
- Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping
- Loss of muscle mass