If your pet has been struggling with new or chronic pain, it could be due to orthopedic problems in their joints. Whether due to age, breed or injury, these issues can impact your dog or cat’s quality of life.
Orthopedic surgery can be an effective procedure to minimize their pain and restore mobility. Depending on your pet’s condition, our veterinary orthopedic surgeon here at Hunter PetCare can help you determine which one of our surgeries would be best for your pet.
Available Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery Services
Here at Hunter PetCare, we understand every patient – and their healthcare needs – is unique. This concept is why our team of veterinarians and orthopedic surgeons will work closely with you to fully understand your pet’s orthopedic situation and your concerns.
At our clinic, we offer the following orthopedic procedures.
One of the most common injuries dogs can suffer from is a torn cranial cruciate ligament. If this ligament is torn, the shin bone will slide forward to the thigh bone. When this happens, the cartilage can become very unstable and progress to osteoarthritis.
Some common signs of a torn cranial cruciate ligament include:
- Lameness, especially after activity
- Stiffness in the hind legs
- Clicking sounds
- Increased attention to that area, such as licking or biting the knee
- Swelling of the knee joint
- Obvious pain
Because this type of injury can’t be healed with medication or rest, cruciate repair surgery is needed to treat the ligament.
As a result of trauma, a fall or even a fight, dogs and cats can suffer from bone fractures. Signs of a fracture include:
- Swelling or pain at the site
- Abnormal movement
- Holding up the injured limb
- Difficulty or unwillingness to get up or walk
Fracture repair surgery can repair the fractured bone and restore pain-free mobility to the affected area.
Involved Fracture Repair
For more involved fractures, sometimes the only solution is to amputate the limb. If your dog or cat has a non-treatable fracture, receiving a limb amputation can help ensure successful treatment. Even though your pet will need a bit of time to adjust, this surgical treatment can allow them to continue living a happy, healthy and active life.
Dr. Margas, Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Maragas graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. During the summer months Dr. Maragas mentors’ current veterinary medical students on the various aspects of patient care, medicine, and client communication. Dr. Maragas loves teaching and helping students grow their confidence in their skills. She has a passion for orthopedic and soft tissue surgery where she has attended many hours of continuing education training for orthopedic and soft tissue procedures. She has an overall passion for client education and providing the best possible patient care.
Our compassionate team of veterinary surgeons is proud to serve clients within a 60-mile radius of our clinic, which is located in Franklin, Ohio. Whatever your pet’s needs are, you can count on our team at Hunter PetCare to find answers to their orthopedic problems – ones that stay within your comfort zone and budget.