Animal General Answers Veterinary Orthopedics FAQ's
If your family is facing the prospect of pet surgery, you likely have a million questions running through your head. The Animal General team of New York City recognizes that knowledge is power. In an effort to ease your mind, we are here to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding orthopedic surgery, so you can focus on what matters most - your pet.
What is Orthopedic Animal Surgery?
Veterinary orthopedic surgery is when a specialist repairs an animal’s fractured bone or modifies, replaces, or repair a joint. In most cases, these procedures are minimally invasive, using a laser treatment whenever possible. If the injury or condition warrants a more invasive surgery, general anesthesia is used to keep the animal calm during the procedure.
What Do You Screen for and Address During an Orthopedic Exam?
If you suspect your pet is experiencing pain from arthritis, hip dysplasia, or a broken bone, a trip to the veterinarian is in order. During your initial consultation, the vet will collect a health history, along with blood and urine samples. This, combined with an ultrasound, will alert us to existing injuries and assist us in identifying any breaks, ruptured ligaments, and/or muscle tears. If the specialist requires more information, additional tests will be ordered.
Once they have the full picture, a treatment plan will be discussed. Unless deemed an emergency, most pet surgery appointments are not scheduled for the same day.
How Can a Veterinarian Help Post Surgery?
In the days following your pet’s surgery, they will require love and attention for up to a couple months. In some cases, physical rehabilitation will be required. If the surgeon feels this is appropriate, a specialist will work with you, designing a personalized home exercise program.
Contact Our New York City Veterinarians At Animal General Today!
The veterinarians at The Animal General of New York City are trained and equipped to handle all your veterinary needs. From preventative care to pet dermatology and orthopedics, the staff is committed to your pet’s well-being. Call (212) 501-9600 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.