When your pet needs orthopedic surgery from our Portland veterinarian at Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital, rest assured that the care we provide does not begin and end with the surgery itself. Our veterinarian in Portland is happy to advise you on the steps you should take to prepare your pet for the procedure, as well as the follow-up home care and veterinary evaluations necessary to ensure a full recovery. Let’s take a moment to look at some of these precautions so you’ll know what to expect.

Pre-operative care helps our orthopedic veterinarian make the surgery go as smoothly as possible. The first step involves discussing your pet’s treatment options. Some conditions, such as a ruptured ACL or hip dysplasia, respond to any of several types of surgical correction or restoration. Our Portland veterinarian will discuss these options with you so you can make an informed choice. If your pet’s orthopedic problem has been previously evaluated and diagnosed by another orthopedic veterinarian in Portland, it is helpful for you to obtain the X-rays and other documentation from that visit. Of course, we are also able to provide a full evaluation as needed.

Pet owners generally do not have to make elaborate preparations for the day of the procedure. The night before, withhold all food after your pet’s final meal of the day. Our orthopedic veterinarian asks owners to do this because general anesthesia can sometimes increase the risk of vomiting. There’s no need to withhold water, however. On the morning of the surgery, go ahead and take your pet for his usual walk, but try to restrict him from running around or other vigorous exercise. Our veterinarian in Portland recommends that you allow plenty of time for the surgery so you can arrive early. You pet will feel more relaxed if you are feeling calm and relaxed as well!

Post-operative care involves helping your pet remain comfortable and making sure that the wound heals properly. The full healing time for orthopedic surgery may take months, during which time the animal can re-injure himself by overtaxing the repaired bones or joints. Our Portland veterinarian recommends a carrier to keep your pet’s activities at a minimum while he recovers. We can advise you on the right size and type of carrier for your pet. Even if your pet is capable of walking on the newly-repaired limb, prevent him from climbing stairs until our orthopedic veterinarian has cleared him for this activity.

Our Orthopedic Veterinarian Can Answer Your Questions

Our Portland veterinarian will schedule periodic follow-up examinations to make sure that your pet’s surgery is healing well. In some cases, we may recommend an additional surgery to remove pins or screws that the tissues no longer need. Feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with our veterinarian in Portland at any point in this process.

Questions about your pet’s orthopedic surgery? Lear more on our orthopedic surgery FAQs page.