Orthopedic Care for North Huntsville AL Area Pets
Countryside Veterinary Hospital addresses a wide range of orthopedic problems. Issues can vary from emergency fractures to developmental abnormalities to ligament tears or other injuries that lead to chronic arthritis.
We offer consultation on any orthopedic condition and evaluate the need for surgical intervention. We routinely receive referrals from other veterinary practices, since this is a special interest of Dr. Tavis White.
Common orthopedic pet surgeries include:
- Bone fracture repair
- Leg amputation
- Patellar luxation
- Surgeries to treat hip dysplasia, including femoral head ostectomy
- ACL repair (knee surgery that addresses ligament tears and repairs joint stability)
If your pet shows any inability to use a limb properly, tackle the problem immediately by contacting us for an appointment and evaluation.
Knee surgery is one of the more common orthopedic surgeries performed on dogs. Nearly one million dogs have knee surgery each year. Cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), which is equivalent to ACL or anterior cruciate ligament repair, is one of the more frequent procedures performed. Injuries to the ACL are seen most often in large breed dogs. One of the latest innovations for treatment is tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA), a procedure practiced at Countryside Veterinary Hospital.
Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA), Routinely Performed at Countryside Veterinary Hospital
TTA is the newest, most advanced surgery for CCL tears and is a special interest of veterinarian Dr. Tavis White. TTA is a less invasive, extremely effective repair that is suited for any dog with a partial or complete cranial cruciate tear. This method uses titanium plates, screws, and support cages, providing the highest compatibility with the body. This reconstructive surgery is designed to eliminate the forces placed on the knee that tore the ligament initially. Rather than replacing the ruptured ligament, as older techniques do, this surgery changes the geometry and forces in the knee joint, allowing it to function normally without a cranial cruciate ligament.
Most patients are up on their operated leg 6–10 weeks following surgery and full function is expected to return. Some dogs do take up to 6 months to fully recover.
Pet Stem Cell Therapy
The next frontier in orthopedic surgery is pet stem cell therapy. This is an emerging interest at Countryside Veterinary Hospital and has successful application with orthopedic conditions. Stem cell therapy uses stem cells harvested from fat tissue and modified in a lab to regenerate damaged tissue.
Atlantic City News provides a story about Kosmo, a young chocolate lab that underwent stem therapy to repair a congenital hip dysplasia.
Chiropractic Care Relieves Stiff & Aching Pets
Chiropractic care is helpful to dogs and cats recovering from surgery, those that have suffered an injury, or perhaps aging dogs that are dealing with joint degeneration or the chronic pain of arthritis.
Pet chiropractic care treats pain and helps to restore healthy function. Chiropractic treatments have been known to improve the quality of life for pets, as well as reducing the need for pain medications that have possible side effects.
Pet chiropractic treatments are based on spinal manipulation. It uses the body’s own healing abilities and the relationship between the spine and the nervous system to restore and maintain good health.
Conditions that often respond well to pet chiropractic care include:
- Joint degeneration
- Injuries due to slips and falls
- Neck and back pain
- Post-surgical healing
- Incontinence or constipation
- Tail injuries
- Hip dysplasia
Dr. Troy Nelson is our hospital resident expert on pet chiropractic care. Dr. Nelson is certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
Concerned About Arthritis in Your Pet? Here Are Some Indicators:
- Chronic lameness
- Unwillingness to walk or exercise
- Inability to jump on favorite couch or bed
- Lethargy and loss of appetite may be present