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Orthopedics FAQs From Montrose Veterinary Clinic

If you notice your pet is not moving easily, or not moving as well as he or she once did, your pet may be experiencing an orthopedic problem.  Below, let's take a look at some common questions concerning orthopedics in pets.

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What is Orthopedic Surgery?

Orthopedic surgery is any type of surgery that relates to the musculoskeletal system.  Most often in pets, orthopedic surgery is performed to help restore mobility and quality of life to the animal.

What can a Veterinarian Screen for?

A veterinarian can help screen for various orthopedic conditions at a very young age.  Probably the most common orthopedic concerns in animals are hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, and arthritis.  Through manipulation, during the exam, X-rays, and MRIs a veterinarian will be able to gauge the severity of the condition and recommend the proper course of treatment to correct the problem.

What Issues can Arise During an Exam?

As a veterinarian examines your pet he or she will be able to identify any concerns with the movement of the joint.  Any type of sticking, stiffness, popping, or locking can be a sign of potential orthopedic issues.  A veterinarian will work to manipulate the joint to test for any orthopedic concerns.

What are Common Orthopedic Problems?

There are many orthopedic problems that arise in cats and dogs.  Some problems are genetic, while others come about with age.  Luxating patellas and hip dysplasia can be genetic and can be detected at a young age.  Osteochondritis, a condition that changes the skeletal structure, usually in the growth plates, can also be a genetic disorder and one which requires orthopedic treatment.  Other problems, such as arthritis, begins to form as the pet ages.  Orthopedic problems can also be a result of an acute injury and result when a ligament is torn or ruptured.  

How can a Veterinarian help Post Surgery?

Post surgery, a veterinarian will be able to prescribe appropriate medication to help manage pain and potential infection.  Further, your veterinarian will be able to recommend various physical therapy exercises to help restore strength, flexibility, and mobility to your pet.  Your veterinarian will be able to demonstrate how to perform the exercises and ensure that you and your pet are doing them correctly.  

Call Montrose Veterinary Clinic Today!

An orthopedic issue can impinge on our pet's ability to be active.  At Montrose Veterinary Clinic, we want your pet to be as healthy as possible, and that means enjoying the things he or she loves.  Our team of veterinarians is well versed in orthopedics and would love to help your pet.  We are located at 1701 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006.  Call us today at (713) 524-3814 to schedule your appointment with one of our caring team members.


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