Surgical Care

Whenever a loved one undergoes surgery, it is normal to be concerned about their safety and comfort. This is also true when a pet needs a surgical procedure.

At Affordable Animal Hospital, your pet’s safety during treatment is our primary concern. Our dedicated staff is committed to providing your pet with the best and safest anesthetic and surgical care from start to finish.

Veterinarian Surgical Services

Our staff believes that your pet’s care goes far beyond just a successful surgery. We begin our process with an evaluation of your pet’s overall health, educating you about your pet’s surgical needs. We want you to understand the entire surgical process, from anesthesia and surgery to post-operative care.

Any risk factors related to any part of the surgical process will be explained to you. As a pet owner, you will understand everything about your pet’s medical needs.

Common Vet Surgery Procedures

Our surgical staff at our animal hospital can perform a wide range of veterinary surgical procedures. Some of the more common pet surgeries we perform include:

  • Spaying
  • Neutering
  • Soft tissue surgery (such as skin growth removal and abdominal surgery)
  • Orthopedic surgery

Highlights of our Veterinary Surgical Procedures

At Affordable Animal Hospital, we pride ourselves on the care and safety we provide each furry patient we treat.
Here is what you will find when choosing us:

  • Safe anesthesia use
  • Experienced surgical support staff
  • Quality pain medication
  • Pre-anesthetic blood work
  • Easy-to-follow post-operative care

Los Angeles Orthopedic Surgery

The unbearable pain that you experience when you break a bone makes you feel like the world has turned upside down. Even a dislocation or hairline crack can cause severe distress. As human beings, our pain manifests itself through tears, anger, frustration, and other such feelings. We immediately rush to the hospital and get treated. But what about our four-legged friends? How can they express themselves? Who looks after their orthopedic needs?

What Causes the Need for Orthopedic Surgery in Cats and Dogs?

The need for surgery in pets is similar to that of human beings. As humans, we express any deterioration in health and ensure that we get immediate medical attention. But who speaks for animals? Most times, the need for orthopedic surgery is caused by trauma, and other causes are often missed until the symptoms start to show.

Orthopedic surgery is needed when:

  • Microorganisms cause infections in the skeletal system.
  • The side effects of an immune disorder and/or cancer cause weakness in the bones, fractures, or sore joints (these side effects also lead to orthopedic diseases).
  • Age-related conditions, such as wear and tear of the bones, resulting in arthritis.
  • Trauma to the skeletal system causes damage to the soft tissue and/or bruising and fractures.

What are the Different Orthopedic Surgeries for Cats and Dogs?

There are a variety of orthopedic surgeries for your pet based on the condition being treated.
These include:

  • Femoral head osteotomy: This surgical operation removes the head and neck from the femur to alleviate pain.
  • Medial Patellar Luxation (MPL) tackles the condition where the kneecap rides outside the femoral groove when the knee is flexed.
  • Bone fracture repair surgery treats damage to the bone caused by trauma, stress, or side effects of certain diseases. Bone fracture surgery can be minimally-invasive as well.
  • Amputation: Surgical removal of limbs due to illness, trauma, or congenital disabilities.

Cruciate Ligament Repair

Cruciate ligament surgery is designed to repair a torn ligament to restore full functionality.

Unlike humans, who can participate in physical therapy and possibly heal without turning to surgery, a ruptured cruciate ligament in a dog or cat unstabilizes the joint, causing your pet to naturally transfer most of their weight to the other leg. This painful condition, if left untreated, can develop into more serious and permanent joint complications for your loved one.

Cruciate Ligament Repair Includes:

  • TTA – Tibial Tuberosity Advancement
  • TPLO – Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy
  • Orthozip Lateral Stabilization Technique
  • Lateral Suture Technique
  • Ligament and tendon reconstruction

Other Surgical Procedures Include:

  • Other Surgical Procedures Include:
  • Total knee replacement
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total elbow replacement
  • Limb deformity correction
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia repair

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Orthopedic Pain in Cats and Dogs?

How do you know if your cat or dog is experiencing pain? What indicators point to a need for immediate medical attention?

There are a few signs and symptoms that can help you judge whether your pet needs urgent care:

  • Decreased social interaction
  • Anxiousness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Refusal to move or reduced activity

These symptoms are common to both cats and dogs.

Orthopedic Surgery at Affordable Animal Hospital Eagle Rock

If you notice any change in your pet’s behavior, seek medical attention immediately.

At Affordable Animal Hospital Eagle Rock, we will ensure that your loving pet gets the best orthopedic treatment possible.

Other symptoms exclusive to dogs include:

  • Aggression
  • Increased howling
  • Whimpering
  • Excessive growling
  • Self-mutilation

Other symptoms exclusive to cats include:

  • Reduced curiosity
  • Lack of agility
  • Hissing
  • Hiding

Contact Our Vet Today

Our team of responsible veterinarians and technicians are experienced handling a wide variety of pet care surgeries. We offer a clean, modern facility that is well-equipped and perfectly set up to care for your pet throughout his or her life.

We care, and have made it a point to offer services at prices that are affordable. Contact us and schedule an appointment with our Eagle Rock vet clinic.

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