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Pet Orthopaedics

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If your pet has difficulty getting up, or is in pain when moving, they could be in need of Pet Orthopaedics. We have an experienced team at Tuggerah Animal Hospital. Our veterinarian will start with a complete orthopaedic exam. This means watching your pet walk/run, examining the bones and joints for proper mobility and stability, and checking general health. Once the problem is localised, we often will recommend x-rays or ultrasound to further define what needs to be done.

Common Orthopaedic Surgeries

Of the orthopaedic surgeries, torn ACL or cranial cruciate ligament repair is the most common. Our veterinarian animal hospital offers two types of this surgery:

  • Extracapsular repair. This is most suited to small dogs/cats, or low activity pets. 

  • TPLO (tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy)-this surgery is more involved but is considered the best option for large breed, active dogs. Recovery is smoother and has fewer complications. 


Other orthopaedic surgeries our vet clinic commonly performs are:

  • FHO- femoral head osteotom

  • Luxating patella: both trochlear groove deepening, and tibial crest transposition

  • Radial, femoral, humeral, tibial fractures

  • Dislocations- e.g., hip, elbow


Often there is more than one way to fix a bone or joint and we will tailor the repair to meet your and your pet’s needs. Call us for pet orthopaedic information.

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