Pet Orthopedic Surgery

Heart Lake Veterinary Hospital offers a wide range of surgical services for pets, including pet orthopedic surgery.

Pet Orthopedic Surgery

We perform many types of orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. We occasionally refer them to board-certified orthopedic surgeons to perform back surgery and other complex or specialized surgeries to ensure our patients receive the best possible outcome.

Leg fractures are the most common orthopedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in various ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures, but many fractures will require surgical intervention, such as the following:

  • “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
  • “Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.
  • “External fixation” stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.

We also perform many orthopedic surgeries related to hip dysplasia and disc disease. Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or think your pet might benefit from them.