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Orthopedics FAQs

Orthopedic problems are tough for you and your pet to deal with. At Animal General, in Manhattan NY, we offer orthopedic services to relieve your pet’s pain and improve your pet’s mobility. Orthopedic problems are those that affect joints, bones, or muscles. Practically speaking, they are conditions that affect your pet's mobility. Following are the answers to questions our veterinarian frequently receives regarding orthopedics.

What Are the Most Common Orthopedic Conditions in Pets?

The most common congenital orthopedic condition in dogs is hip dysplasia which occurs when the ball and socket of the hip joints aren't seated together properly. It's most common in large breed dogs but also occurs in small breeds and cats. The most common orthopedic injury is cruciate ligament rupture, also known as CCL rupture. The CCL is similar to the ACL in humans. The ligament connects the tibia and femur. A tear can cause knee pain, instability, and arthritis. While arthritis is most common in older pets, it can affect pets of any age.

What Symptoms Indicate an Orthopedic Condition?

Symptoms will vary based on the animal and the specific condition. However, there are some symptoms commonly seen in most orthopedic conditions including:

  • Lameness
  • Abnormal gait
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Changes in appetite

If your pet is experiencing pain, it may become irritable or lose its appetite. Our veterinarian will assess your pet’s condition to determine whether or not they are suffering from an orthopedic condition.

How Are Orthopedic Conditions Diagnosed?

Our vet will begin with a physical exam and watching your pet walk or move. Diagnostics often include testing, including x-rays and ultrasound. In some cases, a minimally invasive surgical imaging technique known as arthroscopy may be used. This allows our veterinarian to look inside the affected area, getting a clear image of tendons and ligaments.

Minimally Invasive Pet Orthopedics in Manhattan, NY

If you are looking for an animal hospital in Manhattan, NY, contact Animal General today. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (212) 501-9600.

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