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Posted on 08-27-2018

Orthopedic Pet Surgery at Our Cottonwood Animal Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT

When your pet needs surgery, it's only natural to have a lot of questions and even fears. At Cottonwood Animal Hospital, we understand that pets are family, and you want to make the most informed decisions about their well-being. That's why we've created this faq about orthopedic pet surgery at our Salt Lake veterinarian.

cat getting ready to get into surgery

What Is Orthopedic Pet Surgery?

Orthopedic pet surgery repairs damaged bones and joints, sometimes with the use of metal implants. Just as humans need pins, screws, and plates for healing, so do animals.

Why Do Pets Need Orthopedic Surgery?

Broken bones caused by traumatic injury is a common emergency reason pets need orthopedic surgery. Non-emergencies, such as hip dysplasia or cruciate ligament tears, can also require surgery when the injuries progress to the point the animal is in too much pain to have a good quality of life.

How Can Orthopedic Surgery Help My Pet?

You may think your pet has slowed down due to age, but pain may be why kitty doesn't chase the bird and doggy is disinterested in walks. Orthopedic surgery can bring the pep back in a pet's step and prolong a healthy, happy life.

Is it Safe?

Any surgery has a risk, but we take every precaution. We run pre-anesthesia blood work, monitor vitals during surgery and closely observe during recovery. We use minimally invasive procedures and the highest quality surgical implants. At follow-up appointments, we ensure the pet is healing, pain is managed and infection is prevented. 

What Is an Orthopedic Exam?

During an orthopedic exam, we examine how the animal moves. We may observe how they walk and sit. We employ specific manipulations to determine how strong limbs are, to what degree joints move and what motions cause pain. Then we can proceed with digital x-rays for precise and immediate imaging of the affected area.

Contact Cottonwood Animal Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT For Appointments

We marry experience with technology for specialized and compassionate orthopedic care. Call Cottonwood Animal Hospital today for a Salt Lake City pet orthopedic appointment: (801) 278-0505.

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