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How Can An Orthopaedic Vet Help My Pet?

If your pet is showing signs of pain when walking or getting up from a lying-down position, it could mean that your pet may be experiencing problems with its bones. If this is the case, an X-Ray is performed by your vet and you may be referred to an orthopaedic vet as most general vets are not specialist orthopaedic surgeons. Here’s everything you need to know about these specialist veterinarians.

What is a veterinary orthopaedic surgeon?

An orthopaedic vet performs invasive surgeries on the bones and spinal cords of animals that need surgical intervention in order for them to live a healthy life. Orthopaedic vets are usually found in veterinary hospitals and not in general practices.

When should you consider seeing an orthopaedic vet?

If your dog’s body, for example, is curved or if it yelps in pain when it moves, you should take it to an orthopaedic surgeon who will be able to identify what the problem is. The issues can range from serious damage to something as relatively simple as a slipped disc that only needs minor neck or back surgery.

What are the signs your pet might need an orthopaedic vet?

If you notice your animal walking differently or hiding away from you, then this should be a red flag to which you should pay attention. If your pet doesn’t want to eat or if you hear it yelping, you really need to treat it as an emergency.

What benefits can you expect from an orthopaedic vet?

After surgery, you can expect to see an improvement in your pet’s overall well-being. Successful surgeries such as those on the spinal cord can help a dog survive without pain for many years to come.

Although cortisone and other pain-management medication are great ways to help your pet when experiencing skeletal discomfit, it is merely a temporary measure to treat the symptoms of the real problem.

That’s why it’s strongly advised not to waste any time in seeking the help of an orthopaedic vet specialist, as it could be the difference between a happy dog and one that is in constant pain. If you are unsure what to do, the first step you should take is to visit your general vet as soon as you see any sign of pain or uneasiness in your pet.

For more information about how our animal orthopaedic specialists can help your pet, feel free to get in touch with us today.