Surgical treatment of congenital joint conditions and injuries
Joint issues are common in cats and dogs, and can be a natural consequence of ageing, as well as a variety of injuries and health conditions.
At Aceso Vet Clinic, we proactively and professionally treat all major joint conditions that pets may suffer with, including those affecting the elbows, hips and knees. Please contact the practice to book your pet in for an appointment.
Restoring mobility and comfort for your pet
Forelimb lameness in dogs is commonly a result of elbow dysplasia, a set of diseases which includes osteochondrosis (OCD), fragmented coronoid process (FCP) and united anconeal process (UAP). Each disease can lead to elbow orthosis if untreated.
This versatile joint has the biggest range of movement of any joint in the body. Osteoarthritis therefore can be difficult to adjust to – for dogs as well as humans! We manage pain with anti-inflammatories. However, surgical intervention may become necessary over time.
Unlike in humans, a consequence of our standing upright, the knee joint of canines undergoes a considerable level of stress. This is caused by the top of the dog’s tibia (tibial plateau) being sloped and weight bearing, which creates a force that pushes the femur down the slope of the tibia.
The cranial cruciate ligament prevents this motion. Rupturing of this ligament will lead to pain, inflammation and swelling resulting from the bearing down of the animal’s weight. This puts the ‘shock absorbers’ (menisci) of the knee at risk of injury.
Is your pet experiencing joint pain? Contact our veterinary team to book an appointment
In an emergency after 7pm please contact my night vet at 028 9623 7030