Orthopaedic Surgery

We perform many types of orthopaedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, Dr. George from the UK performs all of our orthopedic and complex bone and joint surgeries.

Leg fractures are the most common orthopaedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures; however, most fractures will require surgical intervention to obtain a good result for the pet:

  • “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
  • “Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.
  • “External fixation” stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.

We also perform a lot of orthopaedic surgeries related to hip dysplasia and joint disease.  Pets who often appear to have a minor lameness are actually in considerable pain.  They can not speak and tell us just how bad they are feeling.   Many of these conditions, if left untreated, result in severe arthritic changes, restriction of normal activities and ongoing discomfort to your pet.   Many can be corrected such that your pet can get back to playing, exercising and enjoying life as they used to.  Please contact us if you have any questions and we can check your pet to see if there is a way to get them back on all 4 paws asap.

For fractures, Dr. George is here to offer a free second opinion and quote if your pet requires an orthopedic fracture repair at any time.

Here are a few cases where the x-ray before and after the procedure demonstrates the lovely reparative surgery these pets received from Dr. George.


Case 1   Femoral Fracture after this labrador was kicked by a cow.  The Repair shows the fragments or jigsaw puzzle have been realigned.