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There are many common orthopedic issues that can be helped or cured by the surgical services offered by Vale Park Animal Hospital, and our primary orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jerry Rodenbarger.
What are orthopedics?
Orthopedic problems are those that involve bones, joints, ligments and muscles. There are many orthopedic conditions our pets may experience.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear
This is known in the football world as a “blown ACL”. It refers to a torn or ruptured major ligament in the knee. It is one of the most common injuries in large breed dogs but can happen in any size dog and occasionally in cats. Most of these ACL tears are the result of normal play or running, especially sharp turns and jumps.
Hip Dysplasia is an inherited form of arthritis of the hips, and is another very common problem in large dogs. The early signs include stiffness in the rear, “bunny hop” when running, and difficulty getting up.
The “patella” is also known as the knee cap bone. Patellar luxation means the knee cap is out of place. Medial (toward the middle) patellar luxations occur most often in very small dogs, while lateral (to the outside) patellar luxations are seen in large breeds. Depending on the severity of the luxation, surgical repair is sometimes necessary.
Fractures - Dogs & Cats
Pets that have the misfortune of suffering a fractured bone may need surgical repair or a cast or splint. This can be a trying experience for both you and your pet. Dogs and cats with fractures are treated surgically more often than are humans. There are two reasons generally for this:
If surgery is recommended, it may involve the application of various metal surgical implants such as pins, wires, plates and screws. The primary goal of fracture fixation surgery is to restore broken bones to their original anatomic position and rigidly fix them in place while healing occurs. It is very important to keep all bandage changing appointments throughout the healing process.
Sprains & Strains
Sprains and strains are injuries to the ligaments and tendons. Although they can be quite painful, in most cases surgical repair is not required.
Bone cancer is unfortunately another orthopedic condition that strikes our pets. It is most commonly seen in large and giant breed dogs.
Every Wednesday from 12:00pm to 2:00pm we will be closing our clinic for staff training and assorted meetings. Starting promptly at 2:00pm we will resume normal business hours, but please know that during these scheduled meetings our office will be closed and our phones will be turned off.
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