University Parkway Animal Hospital Offers Orthopedic Veterinary Care
Pets sometimes develop orthopedic problems just as people do. Accidents or aging can cause pain and impaired movement that impacts an animal’s quality of life. At University Parkway Animal Hospital in Jackson, TN, we offer a number of treatments for orthopedic issues, to help animals move more easily and with greater comfort.
What Is Orthopedics?
Orthopedics is an area of veterinary medicine that deals with disorders of the bones, joints, and spine. Animals may develop problems in these areas of their bodies that cause discomfort and difficulty with normal movement.
What Orthopedic Conditions Are Common in Dogs?
Some breeds are prone to developmental problems, such as elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, or spinal problems. However, all breeds and mixes of breeds are vulnerable to degenerative problems, such as osteoarthritis, as they age. You may notice your pet slowing down as the years pass, or begin showing signs of discomfort during normal movement. Acute injuries to the bones and joints may also require veterinary orthopedic care.
What Orthopedic Problems Are Common in Cats?
Cats tend to have fewer orthopedic problems than dogs, but they may acquire fractures from accidental injury or may develop arthritis as they age. Your vet can provide testing and treatment to help your pet get back to normal function.
What Are the Symptoms of Orthopedic Problems in Pets?
You may notice your pet takes more time getting up from a lying position or groan when rising. The animal may be unwilling to jump up onto furniture or may avoid going up or down stairs. Animals sometimes lick at a painful joint to try to soothe discomfort. An area may look swollen or disfigured. These are signs you should make an appointment to have your pet evaluated for orthopedic disorders.
What Treatments Are Available for Pet Orthopedic Conditions?
After determining the source of any problem with x-ray, blood tests, or other testing, the vet may prescribe medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Cortisone injections can also help to reduce discomfort and improve function. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to repair damage. Physical therapy can often help to restore normal function after an injury or reparative surgery.
Make University Park Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Jackson, TN
Dr. Lifsey and the rest of our team at University Park Animal Hospital are dedicated to providing quality pet care for our patients in Jackson, TN, and the nearby communities. We offer a broad range of veterinary services, including exams, preventative care, microchipping, dental care, diagnostics, surgery, boarding, grooming, and emergency care. Contact University Park Animal Hospital today at (731) 661-0711 for an appointment to have your pet evaluated, and to learn about the orthopedic services we offer.