Knee Surgery for Cats and Dogs in the Surrounding Communities of Lake Sherwood, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, and Westlake Village, CA

There’s no question that surgery can be tough on your pet. As a loving pet owner, it’s not easy on you either. That’s why at our veterinary office in Westlake Village, our veterinarians do everything we can to not only comfort and support your pet, but to put your mind at ease as well.

We know that when your pet is sick or in pain you want to help your beloved pet back to health as quickly as possible.  You also want to feel informed about what’s happening with their pet.   We are very experienced in diagnosing and treating Knee Injuries.  The most common orthopedic conditions of the Knee in dogs and cats are Cruciate Ligament Damage with or without Meniscal tears and Patella Luxation’s.  We develop recommendations and a treatment plan for knee injuries based on your pets age, breed, and lifestyle.  We also consider other conditions you pet may have and your concerns about the risks and benefits of surgery and other modalities for knee injuries.  There is no single approach that is best for every patient and usually a multi-modal approach gives the best results.

Cruciate Ligament Damage Explained by Our Thousand Oaks Veterinarians

The cruciate ligament is a thick section of tissue that controls the movement of the bones connecting the thigh, shin and knee. This ligament can get damaged by trauma, but it is not uncommon for it to simply become deteriorated over time with age and usage.  Although not unusual, it can still be a painful condition progressive and debilitating condition for your pet.

Some of the most common signs that your pet has CCL damage include:

  • Slow getting up and not jumping
  • Rear leg limp that comes and goes
  • Dangling their rear limb in the air
  • Decreased interest in activity
  • Sensitivity to touch

ACLR Injury Cases at Anza Animal Clinic

Of all the knee injuries that occur in cats and dogs anterior cruciate ligament rupture or ACLR, is the most common. It can cause a great deal of discomfort and be very painful. ACL tears are more common in dogs than in cats, but both animals tend to be less active and playful when they are suffering from an ACL injury.  The tear can be acute and complete rupture with complete non weight bearing or chronic and partial with waxing and waning lameness until the ligament completely ruptures.  While often the lameness diminishes over weeks to month after the initial injury and client’s think their pet is fine, the ligament never heals or gets better and secondary arthritis that worsens with time is always expected.   We often see patients for what seems like a new lameness from cruciate injury that occurred months or years previously.

Regardless of how your pet’s knee injury was caused, we can care for him in our office.  Smaller and older pets do not put as much stress on the knee as larger or active patients and often do satisfactorily without surgical stabilization.  Active or overweight pets are more functional and less painful from the arthritis that comes from the chronic instability and wear and tear if they have surgical stabilization sooner than later.

Sometimes patients will have additional problems that make return to normal pain free activity unlikely without surgery.  These are Patellar Luxation’s and Meniscal Tears.

My Golden Retriever Lola Bunny had a TPLO and Patellar Luxation surgery for her ACLR in 2006; she did well for the next 11 years.  My 5 year old cat Rikki tore her ACL this past fall and had a Tight-Rope procedure to stabilize her knee, she also tore both medial and lateral Menisci, and she is back to running and jumping like she did before her injury.

Patella Luxation

Patella Luxation is often hereditary in small dogs; most dogs do not show lameness and do not need surgery.  If there is lameness then surgery is usually indicated.  Patella Luxation makes the knee more at risk for ACLR.

Non-Surgical Therapy Available for Cats and Dogs of Thousand Oaks, Lake Sherwood, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, and Westlake Village, CA

With or without surgery most patients benefit form weight loss, physical therapy, nutritional supplementation with omega 3 fatty acids and glucosamine-chondroitin.  Oral anti-inflammatory analgesic’s help manage arthritis and Adequan injections are extremely beneficial at reducing pain and inflammation in the knee.  Therapy Laser with our Cutting Edge MLS laser is safe, drug free and very effective for pain and inflammation after injury or surgery.

We proudly serve the Thousand Oaks, Lake Sherwood, Newbury Park, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Westlake Village areas, and are pleased to announce our new client and referral specials! New patients receive 25% of for all services and when you refer a friend or family member, get $20 off your bill!

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