Orthopedic problems are medical problems in dogs that directly affect the musculoskeletal system including the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Orthopedic problems can range from mild to severe and cause pain and discomfort, limit mobility, and lead to additional injuries and health problems.
Common Orthopedic Problems in Dogs
Some of the orthopedic problems that most commonly affect dogs include:
What Causes Orthopedic Problems in Dogs?
Several factors can contribute to the worsening or development of an orthopedic problem. Some of the most common causes of orthopedic issues in dogs include:
Signs and Symptoms of Orthopedic Problems in Dogs
The signs and symptoms of orthopedic issues in dogs can vary quite a bit depending on the specific condition from which a dog is suffering and its severity. Some of the common signs and symptoms that dogs develop as a result of orthopedic problems include:
Dogs instinctively mask signs and symptoms of illness, so it’s important for pet owners to pay close attention to the appearance, behaviour, appetite, and energy levels of their pets. Any changes in these could indicate a health problem and the need for a thorough veterinary examination.
Canine Orthopedics With Our Veterinarians in Winnipeg
Treatments for orthopedic problems in pets vary depending on the type of orthopedic issue, its severity, the size of the pet, the age of the pet, and the pet’s condition and medical history. Treatments include therapies and medications designed to help alleviate symptoms and restore a pet’s range of motion in addition to weight loss, nutritional counselling, and orthopedic surgery.
If you notice any signs or symptoms of a potential orthopedic problem in your pet, we strongly encourage you to schedule an examination with a veterinarian at Sage Creek Animal Hospital as soon as possible. We will thoroughly examine your pet and take any necessary diagnostic images or tests to determine the underlying cause of your pet’s symptoms. We can then work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your dog.