Healthy and happy dogs enjoy an active lifestyle. However, high activity lifestyles can often lead to an injury. At All Creatures Animal Hospital in Granbury, TX, we are dedicated to treating various pet injuries regardless of the severity. If your pet has a cranial cruciate ligament that has ruptured, we offer a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, also known as TPLO, to improve its range of motion. Before visiting us, learn more about this procedure below:
What is a TPLO Surgery?
Your dog has a cranial ligament that helps the knee function properly. However, this ligament can be partially or fully torn and cause your dog to limp or even prevent it from walking.
What to Expect from TPLO Surgery
TPLO surgery adjusts the angle between the femur (thigh) and tibia. When tibia and femur are realigned, it takes pressure off and decreases unnatural motion in the joint where the damaged ligament(s) are located. The surgical procedure is an osteotomy with a plate and screws to strengthen your dog's knee during the recovery process. Our team at Creatures Animal Hospital believes that changing the angle of your dog's tibia will improve your dog's quality of life by allowing the knee to function more normally.
While TPLO is a serious pet surgery, the recovery process begins immediately after the procedure. Your dog should be able to walk the day after surgery, with gradual buildup over the coming weeks. He or she should completely recover within four or five months unless there is a setback. We prescribe medication if necessary to assist with the pain management during this process.
As with any surgery, TPLO has some risks. One potential complication that can occur is an infection. When you visit us for a follow-up exam, our vets will examine your pet for any infections. Your dog may also experience vomiting, fatigue, or diarrhea during the early stages of the healing process. These symptoms should go away after a few days and most pets enjoy a comfortable recovery process without any complications.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
To learn more about TPLO surgery or to schedule your visit, contact All Creatures Animal Hospital in Granbury, TX, at (817) 326-6262 today. Our friendly staff will answer any questions you may have about the surgery to relieve stress. We will also make sure that your pet is comfortable throughout the entire process. If you are seeking for a veterinarian near me, we are ready to assist you!