What is Orthopedics? Orthopedics is the branch of medicine and surgery that treats injury and disease of the musculoskeletal system (the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons of the body). Common orthopedic injuries and diseases among small animals are: cruciate (ACL) injury/tear, elbow and hip dysplasia, patella luxation, and long bone fractures.
Advancements in pain management, diet and exercise can effectively manage many orthopedic conditions without surgery. However, for patients who do not respond well to pain management and non-surgical approaches, when quality of life is compromised, surgical intervention is generally considered.
Orthopedic procedures often deal with sudden injuries or chronic conditions that go un-noticed. It is important for pet owners to understand their pet’s medical condition and the treatment options available.
We understand that recognizing symptoms and choosing the best treatment can be difficult and stressful for pet owners and hope that the content on this website helps you to better understand the options available for your companion.
There are several orthopedic problems that can affect our small animal companions. It is unlikely for a dog to live its entire life without experiencing some degree of lameness. Many of these issues, such as minor sprains, twists, or muscle bruises, can resolve on their own with rest and time. However, persistent lameness or lameness associated with trauma should always be brought to your veterinarian’s attention.
Common Signs of Joint Disease:
- walking stiffly, especially after play and/or long rest
- hesitating to jump, climb stairs, or run
- rising slower, especially in the morning
- limping or favoring certain limbs
- licking or chewing affected joint
- swollen or stiff joints
- pain or discomfort near certain joints
- loss of flexibility or range-of-motion
- abnormal gait, “bunny hopping”
If you find your dog exhibiting some symptoms of lameness, it is important to consider the following questions:
- How long has your dog been exhibiting symptoms and has the condition progressed?
- What is the activity level of your dog?
- Does the lameness get worse after exercise or alleviate with rest?
- Did an injury recently occur or does the condition seem to be associated with an injury?
- Have there been any prior surgeries or medical conditions?
Your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical exam on your pet and consider his or her background history and possible incidents that may have contributed to the condition. Although there may be several treatment options available, certain options may be more beneficial to your pet, depending on your pet’s medical history and the underlying cause of the lameness.
Treatment is typically divided into non-operative treatment and surgical intervention. Treatment options are dependent on age, body weight and size, breed, degree of discomfort/lameness, physical examination, radiographic findings (x-ray), your expectations for your companion and your budget.
- Weight management and body condition
- Drug treatment
- physical therapy/rehabilitation
- Oral supplements
- Surgical Intervention
Consult with a veterinary professional about treatment options that may be appropriate for your pet’s medical condition.
*Tip – Many symptoms of orthopedic disease occur sporadically. Collecting short video evidence of the symptoms can be great tool for diagnosis.
When discussing your treatment options with your veterinarian, it is important to ask questions that will help you decide which treatment is best suited for your pet. Here are some questions to consider:
- Production – What is the history of the treatment? How was it developed? What materials are used to create these drugs/supplements/implants? Has this treatment been tested clinically? How many times have you performed this procedure?
- Cost – Is my pet receiving the highest quality treatment? Why are some treatment options more expensive than others? Is there a way that I can find a surgeon who is more experienced?
- Recovery – How long will recovery take? Are there any side effects I should be aware of? What is the pet owner’s role during the recovery process?
- Longevity – What are the long-term effects of this treatment? Does it provide temporary pain relief or does it stop the progressive destruction of the joint? Will my dog be as active as he/she was pre-treatment?
Why KYON Matters?
KYON (kyon, Greek for “dog”) was founded to provide the veterinary orthopedic community with the highest quality products for joint surgery in small animals. We believe that with careful design, thorough instruction, quality materials, and specialized manufacturing, permanent orthopedic correction is possible.
At KYON, we
Invent– new procedures to meet the demands of the veterinary orthopedic community. We are invested in creating innovative techniques that are effective, precise, and reliable.
Design – products with precision to provide the most biological and technical benefits to each patient. The proprietary design of KYON products provides patients with long-term product function.
Clinically Develop – products and procedures with feedback from human and veterinary orthopedic surgeons, specialists, researchers and pet owners.
Produce & Iterate – to refine our procedures and create only the highest quality products. Our designs, combined with cutting edge manufacturing technology and the finest quality materials, results in elegant and robust devices.
Educate – Orthopedics is an advanced surgical discipline and these procedures are technically demanding. KYON is committed to providing the best possible instructional and educational resources to the veterinary community.
Support – Procedures like total joint replacement need to perform for the life of the patient. Our investment, research and innovation within the veterinary industry is demonstrative of our commitment to providing hospitals, surgeons, guardians and patients with the service and support that they need.
This page is provided for general information purposes only. This information should only be used for basic educational purposes and should not be used for diagnostic purposes. Consult with a veterinary professional about treatment options that may be appropriate for your pet’s medical condition.