Orthopedic Services for Pets

Orthopedic issues affect furry friends’ joints, bones and soft tissues. This can cause pain, inflammation and discomfort, depending on the severity of the issue. These ailments can be treated with a combination of medication, surgery or other therapeutic methods. Depending on your pet’s unique needs, we cater a treatment plan to best support quality of life.

What causes orthopedic issues?

More severe orthopedic issues can be caused by genetics, untreated injuries as well as long term wear and tear. Common orthopedic issues that affect furry friends are:

  • Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) – The cartilage between the joints wears away causing pain and inflammation in areas like the hips, knees, elbows and ankles.
  • Hip dysplasia – For canine friends, they are born with this condition. For feline friends, the hip joints gradually loosen, which causes swelling, damage and discomfort.
  • Fractures – Joint fractures can be caused by injuries, creating pain and joint swelling
  • Elbow dysplasia – Stems from issues when the bones were formed.

    What are possible treatments for pets with orthopedic problems?

    Depending on the severity of your furry friend’s condition, we might recommend a combination of medication, surgery and therapeutic treatments. We offer orthopedic surgery and laser treatments at our clinic. Another therapeutic option is laser therapy delivered via our Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Therapy Laser. This laser helps reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling. Our patients have seen fantastic results with this treatment! If you’re interested in any of our treatment options, please contact us at 403.337.3221.

    What is orthopedic surgery?

    Based on our veterinarians’ recommendations, we’ll examine your pet to determine if they’re a good fit for surgery. Before surgery, we’ll discuss what you should expect as well as aftercare for your pet. Our clinic is equipped with two surgical rooms to ensure your pet will be well taken care of during their procedure.

  • Last updated: July 27, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication.
  • 3. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Carstairs Veterinary Clinic