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What to Expect After Orthopedic Surgery for Your Pet

What to Expect After Orthopedic Surgery for Your Pet

Pets who suffer from broken bones and other trauma may require an orthopedic surgeon for recovery. Orthopedic surgeons help correct injuries and diseases of the joints, bones, ligaments, tendons and other skeletal structures within the body. If your pet is suffering from a condition that warrants pet surgery, your veterinarian in Houston TX can help determine the best course of action and whether orthopedic treatment is necessary.

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Common Surgeries

Some of the most common pet orthopedic surgeries include a repair of a bone fracture, reparation of a torn ligament in the knee, a dislocated kneecap or a procedure to relieve hip joint pain due to an arthritic condition. Pets who need this type of surgery may display lameness on any one leg, decreased activity, difficulty getting up and acting like they are in pain by whining or crying.

Risks Involved

Just like in people, there are inherent risks involved in any type of surgical procedure for your pet. This may include reactions to the anesthesia, incision swelling, discharge, and infection of the surgical site and broken sutures.

What to Expect During Recovery?

To ensure the health and fastest recovery times, it’s important to follow all discharge instructions for your pet after a pet surgery. The best thing to do is to confine your pet to his or her crate for a few days to restrict the amount of activity they can engage in. Your pet will likely require post-op medications, including antibiotics and pain medications, so it’s important to administer those as needed. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the incision site to ensure it doesn’t get red or show other signs of infection that will warrant an additional trip to your veterinarian in Houston TX.

Call The Montrose Veterinary Clinic Today!

Pet surgery is a relatively safe and common procedure to help your pet heal from an injury or inherent disease. If you need any more information about our orthopedic practices, contact the Montrose Veterinary Clinic at (713) 524-3814 for more information and to schedule an appointment. 


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