Dr. Whitworth and the Patton Chapel Animal clinic are proud to provide pet owners in Hoover with veterinary orthopedics services. When it comes to orthopedic care, prevention, detection, and treatment of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments are an important and vital part of keeping your pet up, running, and healthy. Your beloved pet can severely injure themselves by simply jumping off of furniture, a patio or deck, a roof, or even being stepped on by family members. In order to better serve our clients, the Patton Chapel Animal Clinic has its own in house laboratory and radiology equipment to diagnose injuries and perform any followup or diagnostic tests should they be needed.
Some common pet orthopedic procedures that we perform include pinning, knee joint repairs and patella luxation. For torn anterior crucial ligaments (ACL) in pets, Dr. Whitworth can perform a lateral suture technique on the cruciate (knee ligament) in small dogs under 30 pounds. We can use our laboratory and radiology equipment to determine the extent of your pet’s injury or illness and create a treatment plan. This means that all of your pet’s orthopedic care needs can be addressed right here in our office without the need for an extra trip.
If you notice that your pet is limping, crying or whining when bearing weight on or using a limb, an unusual limb deformity, a decrease in activity, or anything out of the ordinary for your pet, you may want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Whitworth. You may also want to consider making an appointment if your pet jumps or falls from tall furniture, is stepped or fallen on, hit by a vehicle, or suffers any other potentially traumatic accidents. An injury may still be present even when your pet is not showing signs of pain or discomfort. A small portion of your time spent on a consultation is well worth ensuring that your pet is safe and free from any harmful injuries.
Dr. Whitworth and the Patton Chapel Animal Clinic are always here for pet owners in Hoover veterinary orthopedics needs. Our office can always refer you to a specialist in case specialized or more extensive treatment is needed.