Like people, pets can develop musculoskeletal problems that impact their mobility. Through orthopedic treatments, our Ocala, FL, veterinarian can help your pet overcome these problems so he can live a full and active lifestyle. At Kinetics Pets, we offer quality orthopedic care to dogs and cats in Ocala and the surrounding communities.
Signs of Orthopedic Issues in Your Pet
The following are a few signs that your pet may be experiencing orthopedic issues:
- Reluctance to move about
- Difficult standing, walking, jumping or climbing stairs
- Loss of appetite
- Misshapen limbs
- Irritability due to painful mobility
If your pet is having trouble standing or moving about, don’t hesitate to contact our veterinarian for a checkup. We’ll examine your dog or cat, assess his mobility, and run diagnostic tests to pinpoint the source of your pet’s problem so we can recommend treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic issues will save your pet undue pain and discomfort and help him get back on his feet quicker. Left unchecked, orthopedic problems can worsen with time, putting your pet at risk of having to endure prolonged treatments in the future or losing his mobility altogether.
For minor orthopedic issues, our vet may recommend adding supplements to your dog or cat’s diet to strengthen his bones and joints to improve mobility. We may also prescribe medications to reduce pain and discomfort. Serious orthopedic injuries, conditions, and diseases may require orthopedic surgery for treatment. Some orthopedic issues that may require surgery include:
- hip dysplasia
- patellar luxation (dislocated kneecap)
- elbow joint disease
- bone fractures
- ligament tears
- and other orthopedic conditions
If your dog or cat requires orthopedic pet surgery, we’ll discuss the procedure with you in advance so you’ll know what to expect. After the surgery, our vet will leave you with detailed instructions on how to care for your pet during recovery. We’ll also provide pain medications and antibiotics to safeguard your pet against infection. Once your pet has recovered from orthopedic surgery, he may require rehab to regain complete mobility, range of motion, balance, and flexibility.
Our veterinarian can also screen your pet for orthopedic issues when you bring your pet to our clinic for a wellness exam. An examination of your pet’s bone structure, gait, and joints will enable us to uncover irregularities that could lead to orthopedic problems later down the line.
See Our Ocala, FL, Veterinarian for Diagnosis and Treatment of Orthopedic Issues
To learn more about our orthopedic treatments or to schedule orthopedic pet surgery, contact Kinetic Pets in Ocala, FL, at 352-553-2774 at your earliest convenience.