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Orthopedic Exams & Diagnostics

Orthopedic problems are physical issues concerning your pet's musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc.). Several different diseases, injuries, and deformities can cause musculoskeletal issues for pets. Left untreated, orthopedic problems can worsen with time, increasingly causing your pet pain and discomfort.


Signs Your Pet Needs an Orthopedic Exam

Orthopedic problems affect your pet's musculoskeletal system. As a result, they can cause pain and discomfort, affecting the way your pet moves and/or his or her activity level.

Signs of an orthopedic problem can include:

  • Limping or favoring certain limbs
  • Changed posture
  • Stiffness
  • Difficulty standing up or laying down
  • Trembling
  • Unusual vocalization or whimpering
  • Lethargy
  • Appetite loss
  • Elevated heart rate

If you notice any unusual behavioral changes in your pet, we encourage you to schedule an examination right away.

What to Expect During Your Pet's Examination

During an orthopedic examination, our veterinarians will perform a complete physical examination of your pet, assessing the balance and functional mobility of your pet's musculoskeletal system. Our veterinarian will observe your pet's gait, symmetry, muscle mass, limbs, neck, back, hips, paws, and more, looking for signs of an imbalance, deformity, disease, or injury.


Orthopedic Diagnostics

When a physical examination and mobility assessment do not provide enough information to reach an accurate diagnosis, we might recommend performing further diagnostic testing, using our in-house laboratory, x-ray, and ultrasound capabilities. Diagnostic imaging allows our veterinarians to see your pet's internal structures and evaluate them, looking for injuries, deformities, or signs of disease.


Schedule an Appointment at Wesson Animal Clinic

If you notice any changes in your pet's normal behavior or ability to move as usual, we encourage you to schedule an appointment right away. Our veterinarians will diagnose the underlying cause of your pet's orthopedic problem and work with you to determine the best treatment and pain management options. If we determine an orthopedic surgery is required to resolve the problem, we will refer you to and work closely with a local veterinary orthopedic specialist. For more information about our orthopedic exams or to schedule an appointment for you pet, please contact our office.