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What to Expect after Orthopedic Surgery for Your Pet

Knowing that your pet needs surgery can be difficult and scary. Complications arising from musculoskeletal conditions can be exceedingly painful to the degree that your pet is incapable of functioning normally. If swift action is not taken to correct the existing disorder, you can end up losing your pet. Although surgery is never fun, it is sometimes vital for your pet.

At Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach, CA, we understand how difficult orthopedic pet surgery can be. That’s why our veterinary team will be there with you every step of the way. Your pet will be in good hands when you come to us for surgery. We will tell you what to expect and help you with post-operative care for your pet. Being prepared can make the process a lot easier.

What Is Orthopedic Surgery?

Orthopedic surgery involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Elements that fall within this category include bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Injuries sustained by pets, especially with regard to the musculoskeletal systems, vary from one case to the other. The nature of the injury will inform our veterinarian on what treatment option to pursue. Not all orthopedic injuries require pet surgery to fix. Some are mild and require medication to overcome.

Post-Operative Care for Pets

After we carry out orthopedic surgery on your pet, your pet’s mobility will improve. However, it will take some time for your pet to heal. It is important to speak to our veterinarian before surgery so you know what to expect. Your pet may need bandages, pain medication, and a cone after the procedure. It is important to keep your pet calm after surgery and limit movement so that it does not hurt itself. Keep your pet away from stairs or areas that it could fall and get hurt. Your pet’s appetite and bowel movements will be different for a few days after surgery, but this is normal.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian 

If we determine that your pet needs orthopedic surgery, we will help you through the process. At Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach, CA, your pet’s wellbeing is our priority. Our team of experts will help you prepare and provide pre- and post-operative care. We can answer any questions you have. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today.

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