Orthopedic Injuries

Some of the most frequent orthopedic conditions and injuries we see at Animal Medical Clinic include:

  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament tears
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Patella luxation (‘floating kneecap’)
  • Dislocation
  • Fractures
  • Paw injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Injuries to the spine

Limping or lameness often occurs after a condition has progressed, but unfortunately is, at this later stage, what catches the attention of most pet owners.  Symptoms of orthopedic problems may also include:

  • Muscle wasting (atrophy)
  • Pain
  • Lack of interest in exercise
  • Favoring one side of the body or limb
  • Loss of balance
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Changes to gait

Because many skeletal, muscular, and joint conditions can result in lameness and other serious symptoms, it is important to have your four-legged friend examined if he or she is exhibiting these signs. By intervening with treatment early, you may avoid unnecessary pain and/or the need for surgery.