When you have an older dog, or one that has recently experienced and injury or trauma, you may need the professional services of an orthopedic dog doctor. If you live in the St. Petersburg or Tampa Bay area, come visit our clinic to get your furry friend back to better health as quickly as possible.
As your orthopedic specialists, our staff will be able to treat just about any issue or injury your canine is experiencing—whether the problem be with their bones, joints, muscles, tissues, ligaments, or a variety of these areas. We use gentle procedures and will devise a custom plan that facilitates speedy recovery. Regardless of their age or breed, if your dog has a problem with their musculoskeletal system—we’ll be able to help!
When to Visit an Orthopedic Dog Doctor
If your senior pet seems irritable, lazy, or in pain, they may have a degenerative disease. DJD, or Degenerative Joint Disease, affects as many as 20% of dogs older than one year. This is something we also specialize in and can help you with. This happens when any joint in their body becomes inflamed and causes conditions such as arthritis. It can happen from an injury or just simply from overuse or wear and tear as they get older.
Other common conditions your canine may be suffering from that visiting our orthopedic dog doctor in Tampa or St. Petersburg can help with include:
- Hip Dysplasia: More common in larger breeds of dogs, this congenital disease affects the hip bone cartilage and often has very painful symptoms. If left untreated, this can often cause severe arthritis or lameness.
- Luxating Patella: This condition, sometimes referred to as a “trick knee,” occurs when the kneecap is dislocated and commonly occurs in pups of a smaller size. Often, the best form of treatment is surgery as well as weight management.
- Lameness: This condition has a wide range of possible causes—from injuring a tissue or fracturing a bone, to neurological conditions or immune-mediated diseases. For an official diagnosis, our orthopedic dog doctor may have to conduct an MRI.
- Muscle Spasms: While this may not seem like a severe or urgent problem, muscle spasms in dogs can be debilitatingly painful and, if left untreated, can cause a wide range of harsher symptoms and conditions.
Visit TBK9 Rehabilitation Center
We also offer orthopedic post operative recovery therapy for dogs that have recently had surgery. At Tampa Bay K9, we create a custom treatment plan, which often includes target muscle strengthening and increasing their range of motion. We do this through therapeutic massage therapy, underwater treadmills, and heat therapy. In addition, we will also help in the prevention of injury and disease. We focus on eliminating pain and identifying the underlying cause of the condition—not just treating the symptoms.