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Orthopedic Pet Surgery

If you live in the Huntington Beach area, Friendly Animal Hospital can refer you to an affordable, board-certified orthopedic pet surgeon who can perform the pet surgery necessary to restore your pet's optimal health and mobility. All of our veterinarians are highly qualified to provide the best possible care for your pet and will do so with care and compassion.

What Exactly Is Orthopedic Pet Surgery?

We use the term “orthopedic surgery” when referring to any type of surgical repair of a pet's bone or joint. Any time a dog or cat breaks a bone due to trauma or because of a congenital condition that has a negative impact on a joint, surgery may be considered by our veterinarians. The surgery is highly effective and is used to return the joint or bone back to its normal state of health.

How Does Pet Surgery Work?

Our Huntington Beach pet surgeon will first begin conducting a thorough examination of your dog or cat. The pet surgeon may want to discuss the animal's health history with you.

The dog or cat's age, general health, and the severity of the injury are all taken into consideration before the surgeon creates the most effective treatment plan. Pre-surgical blood work and a general checkup will help the orthopedic vet determine whether your pet is a good candidate for surgery. Depending on the injury, the veterinary surgeon may require the use of pins or screws, artificial joints, bone plates, nylon, casts, or other treatment modalities.

What to Expect During the Pet Surgery?

If your dog or cat sustains an injury to a bone or joint and is required to undergo orthopedic surgery, expect the animal to be heavily sedated before the procedure takes place. The surgery will also most likely require supplementary oxygen since surgery can require hours to complete. The animal may be groggy immediately after the surgery and will want to sleep for a while. This is normal.

Recovery after Surgery

Recovery time after surgery can last for a number of weeks as your pet needs time to heal. Surgical procedures can require that a dog or cat to remain off his or her feet for about two weeks. Your pet may need to limit exercise and other physical activities for as long as from 4-6 weeks after the surgery. The orthopedic veterinarian will be able to go over more detail about your pet’s recovery time.

Schedule an Appointment

If your dog or cat has sustained an injury or has an illness that affects its bones or joints, please schedule an appointment with our Huntington Beach veterinarian at 714-855-5722 as soon as possible. One of our helpful veterinarians will be happy to assist you. A qualified pet surgeon is on call at all hours of the day and night to assure that your pet receives the best possible care.

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