Your pet is part of your family. They bring you joy and happiness every
day. The love between you and them forms an unbreakable bond. So, when
they need pet surgery, it’s understandable that it can be heart-breaking
or even scary for both of you.
Joint and hip problems cause pets a lot of problems and pain. And in those instances when they need surgery, it is important for you to know how to care for them while they are on the path to full recovery. Whether they may be healing from surgery for , Hip Dysplasia, or a broken bone, this blog will provide you with a good guide on good post-op care for the four-legged love in your life. You’ll have them back on their feet in no time!
First, take a quick look into common surgeries your vet may recommend for your pet’s hip and joint challenge.
Dog Hip Replacement
Total Hip Replacement (THR) is a surgical procedure performed to get rid of the pain your dog is experiencing due to hip dysplasia. This involves duplicating the workings of your dog’s hip and joint normal hip joint with a normal range of motion and limb function. Metal and plastic implants replace the ball and socket and are held in place with cement, metal pegs, or bone ingrowth methods.
To minimize pain and enhance your dog’s movements your vet may recommend a surgical procedure called Arthroscopic Surgery. Small incisions are made at the affected area so the cartilage can be cleansed of debris. Other procedures are geared towards repairing your dog’s bone abnormality, restructuring part of their joint, or fusing the joints together.
Although there are no surgical procedures for arthritis in cats, you still need to take your fuzzy love to the vet for a diagnosis. Below is a list of traditional treatments for cats suffering from arthritis.
Cold Laser Therapy: This procedure is painless and does not penetrate your cat’s skin. Here, a vet uses a device that discharges healing light waves over your cat’s affected areas. Pain and inflammation are greatly reduced.
Injectable Joint Protectants: Injections of Glycosaminoglycans are given to your cat approximately every four weeks. These should help diminish arthritic pain. Since cats are known for their independent “leave me alone” attitudes, expect them to not be a fan of this procedure that requires them out of their comfort zones often.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): This is the most used treatment by veterinarians to treat arthritis in cats. They will determine how long your cat will need to be taking them.
Cats are known for their great balance. But even they can suffer a mishap and end up with a broken bone. If this should happen to your cat, no worries. Most fractures can be repaired by rebuilding the broken bone and holding it in place with metallic implants.
For such a procedure, vets frequently use the following methods:
1. A stainless steel pin is placed in the marrow cavity of the cat’s affected bone.
2. Using a plate screwed to the outside of the bone to hold it in its correct position.
3. Several short stainless steel pins are vertically placed into the bone fragments. Metal bars and clamps are then used to connect pins on the outside of the cat’s leg.
As a pet parent, you do not want to think about any of the above befalling your precious four-legged friend. But what if it does and you find out they need surgery? How do you take care of them after they come home?
You want to be sure your pet has a speedy and perfect recovery. Here’s how you can support the process with confidence:
You will be pawsitively amazed.
No need to sweat the surgery or aftercare. Follow the tips above and you will do great and your fido or feline will be back on their feet sooner than you think!
All the best!