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Orthopedic Services

Whether they enjoy spending their days in the great outdoors, or they prefer lounging on your couch, your pet’s bones, joints and ligaments need constant medical care. Issues and injuries in these areas can have a significant effect on their quality of life. At Champlain Animal Hospital, our team offers various orthopedic treatments to keep your pet in tip-top shape. As always, you are welcome to call us at 705.742.4243 with questions about your pet’s orthopedic health, and to schedule your furry pal’s next appointment.

What are some common orthopedic issues in pets?

It all depends on your pet’s breed, size, age and lifestyle. If your dog is very active, they are probably more likely to have sprains and breaks. Senior pets are also more vulnerable to developing arthritis. Furthermore, smaller dog breeds, cats and other animals have other conditions that more commonly affect them.

How are orthopedic problems in pets treated?

If your pet has a minor sprain, those can actually heal on their own. All your pet may need is some time off from their usual activities. If, for example, your loyal companion has osteoarthritis, supplements (e.g. glucosamine) are often prescribed, along with physical therapy and lifestyle changes. At the other end of the spectrum is surgery, which may be needed for severe injuries or illness.

How much does a pet orthopedic surgery cost?

Pricing depends on your pet’s specific case, which means that we cannot provide an “average cost” for our surgical procedures. For more info and details on our current service rates, please call us at 705.742.4243.


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