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Are there any small animal orthopedic surgeons in Toronto?

jellyfishattack
April 18th, 2006, 11:46 PM
My dog Eddie ran past my grandfather yesterday, went into the street and was hit by a car. We took him to our vet and he seems to be ok except for his leg. The vet thinks he has a torn or ruptured cruciate ligament in his knee and wants to wait another day before he decides what to do. We like our vet a lot, but we love our boy and I'd like to know if there might be an orthopedic surgeon (hopefully small animal) in or around Toronto who we could take Eddie to. As I understand it, if his cruciate ligament is ruptured, he needs to have it fixed surgically as soon as possible as he's 65 lbs isn't likely to recover without it.

mummummum
April 18th, 2006, 11:59 PM
McMurrich Street Emergency Clinic (Yonge and Davenport) functions as a surgical clinic during the day and they have a couple of ortho's who practice there. Ceili had her cruciate fixed there - great clinic, was very pleased with the service and the followup care.

Beaglemom
April 19th, 2006, 08:31 AM
My beagle, Misty, tore her anterior and posterior cruciate ligament a few years ago. There are ortho surgeons/specialists in Toronto.

Here is the link to the vet clinic in downtown Toronto that has many specialists on staff. This is the clinic that my vet recommends for all specialists when he has to refer his patients to one.
http://www.vectoronto.com/

McMurrich Street Emergency Clinic (Yonge and Davenport) functions as a surgical clinic during the day and they have a couple of ortho's who practice there. Ceili had her cruciate fixed there - great clinic, was very pleased with the service and the followup care.
mummummum that the same clinic as the one I provided a link for, right? I've had very good references for them.

SnowDancer
April 19th, 2006, 01:03 PM
I also recommend McMurrich Street - this is where my dog would go if he needed surgery to be performed by a specialist. Plan B of course if you don't have time for the required 24 hour work-up at McMurrich is Guelph Small Animal Clinic - they operate 24 hours a day with specialists on call (note that cost is not less at Guelph), but they will do (and did) midnight surgery on my pup.

jellyfishattack
April 19th, 2006, 05:55 PM
Thank you Mummummum, Snowdancer and Beaglemom!

I hadn't heard of the VEC, the only 24/7 place I knew about was the one at Finch and Willowdale Ave where our vet works (sometimes).

I feel much better about it today, our vet sedated Eddie, took x-rays and examined him so we know for sure that it's his cruciate ligament. We asked him what he would do if Eddie were his dog and he recommended that a specialist do a TPLO with follow up physio. So after another couple of days he'll have had his operation & be starting to mend.

SnowDancer
April 19th, 2006, 10:47 PM
I found out about McMurrich shortly after it opened due to a problem with primary glaucoma in a cat. Before that it was the night only Emergency near Yonge and Sheppard for us. McMurrich is open 24 hours a day and has a nice feel to it. Second only to my vet's office of course - and the wonderful Small Animal Clinic at Guelph. I think after you visit this facility it will become your Emergency Clinic of choice - circumstances permitting of course. Best of luck with your pup. I have always needed neuro surgeons for my previous dogs, but with our Eskimo, should the worst happen, it will most likely be an ortho for same type of surgery or patella - and most likely same surgeon as your pup's. Hope all goes well with the surgery - you will have some difficulty keeping dog still though while recovering - so better prepare yourself.