Any surgery of the bones or joints is orthopaedics.

Veterinary orthopaedic surgeon Don Sheahan

At Dogwood Vets, we have an expert veterinary orthopaedic surgery team that includes Donald Sheahan, Eleanor Pass, and Lucy Ferguson. As a team, they are highly qualified – Donald, for example, is accredited as a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery – and utterly committed to giving every patient the quality of care they need.

Common Small Animal Orthopaedic Problems

Veterinary orthopaedic surgery involves surgery of the bones and the joints, to treat such conditions as:

  • Arthritis
  • Lameness
  • Fractured bones
  • Dislocated kneecaps
  • Limb deformities

We can also carry out total hip operations. Whilst we are able to treat a number of conditions on a routine basis, some cases require us to implement a more bespoke procedure.

Veterinary Orthopaedic Surgery – What to Expect

As accurate diagnosis is essential for successful treatment, every orthopaedic surgery procedure starts with a detailed consultation process. We’ll spend 20 to 60 minutes discussing your pet’s medical history whilst performing all necessary examinations. Our orthopaedic vets will then make clear recommendations as to how we should proceed, making you fully aware of all costs and risks, as well as the expected outcome.

If you’re happy for us to proceed, we will then book your pet in for surgery. If the case is urgent enough, we may undertake the surgery on the same day as the consultation. We will make sure that we take time to discuss and arrange the specific aftercare requirements of your pet.

To ensure that your pet has fully recovered from the effects of anaesthesia, and to check their wounds, we’ll ask you to make a follow up visit two to three days after the procedure. We’ll also ask you to pay us a visit two weeks after the operation, so that we can assess your pet’s progress.

Why Choose Dogwood Vets?

  • Highly qualified veterinary experts able to undertake numerous veterinary orthopaedic surgery procedures on a routine basis
  • Same-day consultation and operation for urgent cases
  • First class, top of the range facilities
  • Friendly and approachable service
  • Competitive prices with no compromises on quality of care

Veterinary orthopaedic cases are seen by Don Sheahan BSc BVSc FHEA CertSAS dipECVS European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery.

When you bring your pets to Dogwood Vets, it is likely that you will spend 20-60 minutes with the vet discussing history and having examinations undertaken.

We will answer all of your questions on the day, or by phone. Our vets will make clear recommendations as to how we think we should investigate and treat your pets problem. We will also discuss costs and risks as well as expected outcomes.


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If you are happy for investigation and treatment to proceed, we can usually do this on the same day. Once we know what the problem is, we will discuss treatment including surgery with you very carefully.

For more information about our veterinary orthopaedic surgery, or to arrange an appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Use our online contact form, or call us on 0161 962 8851.

If you wish to make a referral, use our referral contact form.

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