Dogs are very active in this area just like their owners and we see many exercise related injuries to joints and bones. We also see mobility issues that develop from genetic disorders such as hip and elbow dysplasia, luxating patellas, carpal deformities and spinal changes.
Cats and dogs will often have mobility problems with age. Rather than watching your pet suffer it is very worthwhile to discuss these changes with your veterinarian at the yearly health check.
Environmental changes and medication can be particularly helpful for a aging cats and dogs with mobility problems.
Our veterinarians are very experienced in diagnosing and managing mobility problems. Our digital x-rays can magnify problem areas and help pin-point the cause of lameness. Some problems are best managed conservatively and a course of medication with follow up examination is helpful. Other problems may need surgical intervention which can be done by in-house orthopaedic surgeons or referred to specialist orthopaedic surgeons.
Any dog or cat with acute or chronic damage to their joints may benefit from a cartrophen injection course. This can be discussed with your veterinarian during an appointment.