Orthopaedic cases seen at Anicare include lameness investigations and surgical treatments for bone, ligament or tendon injuries and abnormalities. We have invested in the latest equipment and training to ensure the best outcomes for your pet.
A lameness investigation consists of taking a detailed history, observing the patient walking to assess lameness and gait, followed by an in-depth physical examination including palpating for evidence of swelling or muscle wastage, looking for signs of pain, assessing range of motion, joint stability and feeling for crepitation. Basic neurological tests are performed to assess for delays in conscious proprioception. In many cases the cause of lameness can be localised to specific areas which allows further investigations such as advanced imaging to help make a diagnosis.
We will then use our high definition x-ray system or ultrasound to make a diagnosis. We have the facility to refer a patient for advanced imaging such as CT or MRI should the need arise.
Should your pet suffer a fracture we’re ready to help. We offer a range of fixation methods such as using bone plates (both conventional and more advanced Locking Plate systems), external skeletal fixation (using the Imex SK Linear ESF System) as well as a variety of pins, screws and wires. Each case is classified and carefully assessed to allow us to recommend the most appropriate method of fixation. Bone grafting can be used to help speed the repair in many cases.
Cruciate ligament ruptures
Cranial cruciate ligament tears or ruptures are a very common cause of lameness in dogs. The tearing of the ligament causes instability in the knee and pain when your dog walks. Various methods of treatment are available, but in larger dogs we usually recommend the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) procedure using the latest Securos implants. The TPLO procedure changes the biomechanics of the stifle to overcome the instability caused by failure of the cranial cruciate ligament. We also offer lateral suture stabilisation which can be used in any size of dog but is best suited to small dogs and cats. We provide comprehensive after-care and will guide your pets rehabilitation until they are back running around again.
Patellar luxation (dislocation) is a common condition that can cause severe mobility issues. The most common presentation is where dogs show intermittent skipping lameness, and often isn’t painful at the time of diagnosis. In the majority of cases the patella (knee cap) luxates because of a malalignment in the hindlimb. We offer a variety of treatment options designed to restore normal alignment of the limb and to stop the luxation.