Blue Lake Animal Care Center offers several orthopedic surgery services.
If your pet has the unfortunate experience of fracturing a bone, we will always offer you all of the choices available to get your dog or cat back to a normal life, surgical or not. If indicated, we offer numerous orthopedic surgical procedures such as bone plating, pinning and/or wiring that may be required to fix the fractured bone(s).
In addition, if your pet experiences a knee ligament injury (for example, a cruciate ligament tear), procedures such as an extracapsular repair(sometimes referred to a “Tightrope” procedure) could be recommended. This utilizes a kevlar fiber tape that is incredibly strong and resistant to stretching, making it a superior technique to older surgical versions utilizing nylon that can stretch significantly over the first few days post-op. In other cases, a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, or “TPLO”, could be recommended. If there is a problem inside a joint (severe arthritis, bone chips, etc.), a boarded surgeon may recommend for arthroscopy (a tiny video camera placed inside the joint) to remove the source of your pet’s pain. Always make sure that the veterinarian involved in the surgery is also inspecting the meniscus, as a tear in this structure is commonly associated with cruciate tears and MUST be repaired at the same time to prevent unnecessary complications or poor healing.
We will always present you and your pet the best surgical options for the best outcome, even if it isn’t with us. After all, your pet’s interests are our first priority.
If you have any questions, please call and ask our staff about which orthopedic services we can offer.