Our skilled team can diagnose and treat a range of Orthopaedic injuries.
What is an orthopaedic injury?
Orthopaedic injuries don't just involve bones. They can also involve the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, pelvis and spine. Everything that is involved in 'propelling your pet'.
Which pets have these problems?
Orthopaedic injuries affect all pets. Some injuries are traumatic (e.g fractures), whilst other injuries can be age or breed related, such as cruciate disease.
How will I know if my pet has an orthopaedic injury?
Whilst some injuries will cause an obvious lameness, others may cause more subtle differences such as a change in your pet's posture or tenderness when touched in particular areas.
How is an orthopaedic injury diagnosed?
We will start diagnosis with a discussion on what you have noticed. So how long the symptoms have been present, and what you have seen. The next step is to watch your pet walk, assess their lameness and then physically examine your pet. At this examination, we assess the movement of their joints, muscle mass and strength, and check for any areas of tenderness which can help narrow down the cause of your pet's lameness.
X-rays and advanced imaging such as CT scans and MRI, are no replacement for a good examination, but can be required to confirm the diagnosis.
How can an orthopaedic injury be treated?
Effective treatment depends on confirming the diagnosis and having the tools and skills to manage the problem found. At the Pets'n'Vets Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital, we have access to the latest equipment and techniques to treat everything from complex fractures, to common injuries such as cruciate disease.
What is the prognosis?
Your own pet's prognosis depends on the cause of the lameness diagnosed, and will be discussed with you at the time of the initial consultation.
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