Veterinary Orthopedic Care in Longview, TX
Watching a pet suffer after experiencing an injured limb can be very stressful. We want to make sure that when you take your pet to us at Little Animal Hospital in Longview, he or she will get the best treatment possible. We understand that a healthy pet makes a happy home and will make every effort to ensure professional care and speedy recovery for your pet. That's why our veterinary orthopedic care offers therapies and surgical procedures to help your animal when he or she needs it most.
Understanding Veterinary Orthopedics
Orthopedics in human medicine involves disorders of the bones, joints, and spine. The same is true in veterinary medicine. Animals often suffer many of the same problems humans encounter. Our veterinary care provides the treatments to help your pet. Veterinarians receive specialized training in diagnosing and treating these issues so that animals can live long and active lives.
Common Pet Orthopedic Problems
Both cats and dogs may experience complex fractures of the bones that require surgery to restore normal function. Many animals develop osteoarthritis as they age, a condition caused by the normal wear and tear on joints. Some breeds of dogs have a genetic vulnerability for hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia. Very active dogs may experience torn cruciate ligaments that may need surgical repair.
Symptoms of An Orthopedic Problem
You may notice your dog is limping or seems to favor one leg when walking. He or she may take some time getting up from a sitting or lying position or yelp with sudden movements. Symptoms like swollen joints or your pet being irritable or reluctant to exercise are signs your pet should see our team for a thorough examination. We will determine if an orthopedic issue is causing pain or poor mobility.
Treatments for Orthopedic Conditions
Our vets will do a physical examination and order x-rays or ultrasounds to understand the underlying problem. For some issues, medications or bracing may be needed to improve comfort and function. Other cases may require surgery to repair the damage. Physical therapy may also be needed to strengthen muscles that support the bones and joints, to restore normal movement.
Make Little Animal Hospital Your Choice for Veterinary Orthopedics
Our team at Little Animal Hospital is committed to offering superior veterinary care to patients in and around the Longview area. We provide various services for pets, including vaccinations, diagnostics, surgery, wellness exams, dental care, in-house pharmacy, microchipping, laser therapy, and more. Call us today at 903-759-8781 for an appointment or to learn more about how we can help your pet live a happy and healthy life.