Prevention and early diagnosis are of particular importance in companion animal orthopaedics. In small dog breeds, anterior cruciate ligament ruptures, femoral head avascular necroses, as well as patellar dislocations are frequent medical conditions that require early diagnosis. In larger breeds, the commonest issues consist of elbow and hip dysplasias, ligament ruptures and shoulder osteochondroses. As a result, the orthopaedic examination of the animal is necessary from the first months of its life. The diagnosis of elbow and hip dysplasia can be made in the age of 4 months (5 in giant breeds) with the proper radiological examination. The same applies to patellar dislocation.
Timely diagnosis and treatment of these conditions
is of major importance for the protection of specific junctures
and the prevention of chronic osteoarthritis.
Plakentia Veterinary Clinic has the adequate staff, as well as material and technical equipment, as required in modern surgery and anaesthesiology. Anaesthesia is achieved with the use of inhalational anaesthetics and is monitored by an anaesthesiologist who checks the vital functions of the patient throughout the surgery. The most common medical conditions that we have to deal with are anterior cruciate ligament ruptures, patellar dislocations, femoral head avascular necroses, hip and shoulder dysplasias, shoulder osteochrondroses (ocd), other discolations, and also spinal disorders, as well as many types of ruptures. Another field in which the orthopaedics department specializes in is orthopaedic microsurgery in exotic animals and small mammals, such as birds, reptiles, rabbits and even rodents!
We are here to stand by your overage companion that suffers from chronic osteoarthritis, in order to offer it a better life quality, with the proper support treatments, physiotherapies and important tips, granting your animal a decent life at its best friend’s side.