Where Does Your Dog Hurt?

Unlike cats who tend to hide their pain, most dogs make it obvious that something is wrong. If your dog seems to be in pain or is displaying odd behavior, please visit your veterinarian as soon as possible. It may be that orthopedic surgery is required, and if so, we are here to assist.

Canine Surgeries

Orthopedic surgery (for both dogs and cats) often involves diagnosing and surgically repairing bones, joints, muscles and/or ligaments. If orthopedic surgery is indicated, we specialize in canine orthopedic treatment options that can return your dog to a pain free and active lifestyle.

Common techniques include pinning, fixation and plating. Click here for additional surgical interventions and see specific large dog and small dog conditions below.


Large Dolarge-dogsgs: Common orthopedic problems seen in large breeds include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, juvenile orthopedic disease, cranial cruciate ligament injury, meniscal cartilage injury, patellar luxation, long bone fractures, shoulder lameness, tendonitis, growth deformities (both congenital and nutritional), and arthroscopic treatment.

Small Dogs: Common orthopedic problems seen in smaller breeds include medial patellar luxation, cranial cruciate ligament injury, aseptic necrosis of the femoral head, various fractures including radius / ulna (forearm) fractures, shoulder instability, and jaw fractures.


Pre-operative Care

When you schedule your dog’s orthopedic surgery, you’ll be given pre-surgery instructions.

  • It is important that your dog not eat or drink prior to surgery, with the cut-off being midnight the night before the operation.
  • Tell the staff about any medications your dog is taking. You may be told to discontinue medication several days before surgery, as it may react with anesthesia or painkillers during the operation.
  • Preoperative blood analysis is required in most cases and will be done by our staff or your veterinarian.
  • Geriatric patients may also require chest x-rays and electrocardiogram (ECG) to be done at the time of surgery.
  • If your dog requires a special diet, please bring it with you at the time of admission.
  • We all want your pets stay to be as comfortable as possible. Most stays are short, so please limit the amount of toys and blankets provided.

Post-operative Care

Dr. Johnson will phone you when your dog is recovering from surgery. Immediately after your pet’s procedure or surgery, we also contact your veterinarian via fax or email providing all pertinent information.

You may be able to take your dog home that day, or overnight observation may be required. When you arrive to pick up your dog, you will be given printed post-operative instructions that explain:

  • Medication dosage
  • Introducing food and water after surgery
  • Heat and cold applications
  • Appropriate activity levels
  • Rehabilitation exercises
  • Local wound care
  • Follow up visit(s)

Outpatient Services

Surgery is available on both a hospitalized or out-patient basis depending on the surgery performed, the home environment of the pet, and the capability of the owner to manage a pet during the immediate postoperative period.

Pain Management

Dr. Johnson and his staff have extensive training in a variety of pain management techniques available for animals. Each case is different and the aftercare is tailored to the individual pet.

Consult with us to determine the best treatment and recovery options for your pet.