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Orthopedic Services for Pets

Over the span of your pet’s life, they can suffer from several kinds of problems related to their joints, bones and muscles. As a fully equipped hospital, we have the capabilities to perform a whole variety of orthopedic treatments – be it through surgery, rehab or prescription medications. To learn more about our orthopedic services, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by phone and schedule your next appointment here at AMC.

What are common orthopedic problems in pets?

There are many kinds of problems that can arise in your furry friend’s joints, bones and muscles. They may be born with some of them, while other conditions arise with age or injuries. For example, hip dysplasia is a common problem that many dogs are born with. It causes their hip joints to not work properly, making them grind aggressively with each other, instead of doing so smoothly. Over time, this causes the hips to deteriorate. Although hip dysplasia is more common in larger dog breeds, it can actually affect dogs of any size. As pets get older, they can also develop arthritis, which affects pets of all species and breeds. Torn ligaments from accidents can also have long-lasting effects on your pet’s mobility.

What are the symptoms of orthopedic problems in pets?

The warning signs of orthopedic problems can often overlap. They can also be symptoms of other health conditions. For this reason, one of the best things that you can do is to contact our team right away if you notice anything unusual about your pet’s appearance or behaviour. Some of the symptoms that you should watch out for are weight gain, stiffness, decreased appetite, irregular stance or gait, reluctance to move, swollen joints and irritability.

How much does orthopedic surgery for pets cost?

Without a thorough and one-on-one consultation, it is quite difficult to provide an estimate of the cost of services. Several factors can affect the cost of orthopedic surgery (as well as other orthopedic treatments and rehab). We ask that you kindly call us and schedule an appointment for the most accurate rate estimate.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed


    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.

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

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre