Orthopedic Services for Pets

Specialized care catered to the unique needs of cats and dogs, promoting mobility.

Our orthopedic services aim to enhance your loyal companion’s quality of life by improving their range of motion, easing pain, and establishing function and stability.

What are common orthopedic issues in dogs and cats?

Depending on age and breed, the issues may vary slightly, but our veterinarians primarily focus on monitoring your cat or dog for early detection of genetic or aging-related issues. Some common orthopedic conditions found in both cats and dogs are:

  • Vertebral disc disease
  • Hip or elbow dysplasia
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Torn ligaments

How do orthopedic conditions affect cats and dogs?

Orthopedic problems are among the most common reasons for pain and mobility issues in pets. Although pets often try to hide their pain, owners typically notice limping and changes in behaviour. Unfortunately, most orthopedic conditions are progressive and require a long-term treatment plan. To help identify orthopedic problems in your furry friend, check for the following symptoms: 

  1. Limping or stiffness
  2. Avoiding stairs
  3. Lean-mass loss
  4. Hesitancy to run or jump 
  5. Increased aggression
  6. Shying away from activities they usually enjoy

To have our team look into these symptoms, please call us at 705-885-7387. We will conduct a physical exam and use X-ray scans to help diagnose their condition.

What treatment options are available for orthopedic issues?

Our veterinarians will determine the best treatment after examining your cat or dog. Typically, more than one type of therapy is required, and long-term follow-ups will be scheduled. Felines and canines with orthopedic conditions may be treated with:

  • Rehabilitation therapy such as laser therapy and underwater treadmills
  • Injections
  • Joint supplements
  • Pain medication
  • Surgery 
  • Weight loss
  • Low-impact exercises at home
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