Minor Orthopaedic Procedures

Some pets will experience joint and bone problems in their lives. Sometimes, the problem will be easy to see (e.g. a broken leg). Other times, the only warning sign could be that your pet is moving slower or just doesn't seem right.

Some problems may require surgery. In these cases, Intermountain Pet Hospital has the tools and the skills to get your pet back on their feet. At our state-of-the-art facility, we can diagnose and treat orthopaedic problems as quickly, effectively and painlessly as possible.

Common orthopaedic problems might include:

What should I expect before and after orthopaedic surgery?

We conduct a comprehensive diagnostic exam prior to orthopaedic surgery, as well as blood work. The findings from our blood chemistry panel will confirm that it is safe to administer anaesthesia. After the procedure, we will keep your pet under observation while the anaesthesia wears off. This observation period is also important for ensuring that there were not complications during the surgery. Pets are released home with pain medication. Typically, a rehabilitation program for six weeks or longer is necessary to restore mobility.

Is my pet a good candidate for orthopaedic surgery?

If your pet is suffering pain due a problem with the knee, hip or other joints, orthopaedic surgery may be able to restore function and relieve pain. However, since orthopaedic surgery is a complex procedure, not all pets are good candidates. The recovery process following orthopaedic surgery is very lengthy; consequently, the impact that this process has on a senior pet's quality of life may simply not be worth the procedure. In these cases we may suggest alternative therapies to better manage your pet's pain and improve quality of life. In order to determine if your pet is a good candidate for surgery we will perform a comprehensive diagnostic exam. Following this exam, our orthopaedic surgeon will make a recommendation. We work closely with pet owners to determine the best course of care.