Whether your furry friend is a couch potato or a professional athlete, they may experience issues with their musculoskeletal health at some point of their life. Conditions or injuries can occur from accidents, wear and tear, as well as genetic predisposition. Here at South Shore, we provide a wide range of orthopedic services for our patients at our fully-equipped facility. Our pet parents have peace of mind knowing that if they ever come across any orthopedic issues, we are just a call away at 902.543.5602.

What dog/cat breeds are more likely to have orthopedic problems?

Larger dog breeds like Labradors, Rottweilers and German Shepherds are more prone to developing arthritis and other conditions. On the other hand, Main Coons, Persians and Siamese cats are more vulnerable to developing hip/elbow dysplasia and arthritis. That being said, orthopedic problems can affect all pets, regardless of their breed. Lifestyle and nutrition, as well as any pre-existing health conditions all play a part in this.

How are dog/cat orthopedic problems treated?

It really depends on the specific condition at hand, and your pet’s health status. For example, early stages of arthritis may be treated with supplements or weight loss. While certain injuries will require more rigorous treatments like rehab or surgery.

What are signs my pet has an orthopedic problem that needs surgery?

At the end of the day, only your veterinarian can determine if your pet needs to take a trip to our operating room. Surgical intervention is usually reserved for when all other less-invasive options cannot be effective in treating your pet. Hip dysplasia, knee ligament tears and knee caps that slip out place (a.k.a. patellar luxation) are some of the common conditions that require surgery.


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Last updated: May 5, 2022.

Dear Clients,

We are happy to welcome all clients back inside our hospital! Here is what to expect when you visit our hospital:

1. Face masks are now only required in the exam rooms.

2. Please email your order request to prescriptions@southshorevetservices.ca as our phone lines are very busy. Please include your pet’s name, the client name on file and the phone number on file as well as specific medications/food needed. We require 24 business hours for processing prescription refills.

3. We are now allowing clients to come in to the hospital to pick up orders that require payment.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are looking forward to seeing you all again.

- The team at South Shore Veterinary Hospital