Veterinary Knee Care in the Bay Area

Your dog’s knee health is the life of the PAWty!

Our dogs are constantly moving, running, and playing. Everyday activities strain their joints just as going on a daily run with strain your own. Optimizing your dog’s joint health can prevent arthritis and will not only improve their quality of life, but can also contribute to their actual lifespan. The best way to promote a healthier lifestyle for your pet is to encourage their mobility by staying active with them. Going for daily walks, playing fetch, running and enjoying the great outdoors together are all positive ways to be healthier together.

 

My dog is limping, what should I do?

There are a variety of reasons why your dog would be limping, ranging in complexity and requiring different means of care. While it could be that your dog simply stepped on something in the backyard, a more in-depth analysis could reveal something that requires more immediate, professional attention. A torn ligament, for example, would require a prompt surgical procedure to restore the knee’s function and prevent any further damage. If your primary care veterinarian is unavailable, call us at 510-657-6343. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to examine and evaluate your dog’s limping and help you to determine the proper treatment plan.

 

Would a TPLO Surgery be the Right Care Plan for My Dog?

If it is determined by us or by your primary care veterinarian that your dog has in fact torn their CCL (the dog equivalent of a human tearing their ACL), TPLO surgery is the safest, most optimal treatment in most cases. Performing this procedure and subsequent rehabilitation will restore your dog’s knee stability and prevent knee cartilage from wearing down, which could cause pain and immobility. At Beacon, we will not only provide a thorough, pre-surgical consultation with our surgical team to explain the entire procedure, but also discuss a comprehensive care plan to ensure that your dog’s recovery process is set up for success.

 

What will the recovery process look like?

While many primary and specialty care clinics will provide at-home recovery and rehabilitation plans, Beacon offers on-site rehab plans in addition to an at-home supplemental care process. Our rehab plan is customized to meet the individual needs of your dog, and our team is with you every step of the way to help get your dog back to feeling like their best, most playful self. At Beacon, we have extensive experience working with dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds, so we can uniquely determine the most optimal post-procedural care plan for your dog.

 

 

What Should You Look for When Researching this Treatment?

While there are many factors that effect the procedure itself, there is a series of checkpoints that you can put in place to make sure your pet is getting top level care wherever they are treated. A few factors we highly recommend researching and actively looking for include:

  1. A Boarded surgeon
  2. Pre-Procedural consultation availability for the surgeon to fully explain the procedural processes, what to expect post-operation, projected recovery, etc.
  3. Continuous doctor availability in case of question or emergency
  4. Advanced anaesthetic protocols to ensure safety and inclusivity of all breeds/ages
  5. Regular follow-ups
  6. Supportive post-operative care and safety protocols
  7. Integrative approach to recovery and rehabilitation

What Sets Our Standard of TPLO Care Apart Here at Beacon

While we pride ourselves in being a resource in the pet care community, we’ve gone above and beyond to set ourselves apart from other Bay Area in the realm of TPLO care. Our goal is to always set a standard of care that meets the pets needs while communicating a care plan that follows your pet through their procedural and recovery journey. Our Board Certified surgeons and 24/7 care is only the begging. We also offer the following.

Pre-Procedural Consultation

Prior to surgery, one of our board-certified surgeons will schedule a consultation appointment with the client to offer a step-by-step, informative view of exactly what will take place.

    • They will explain what procedure they will be performing and why, offering visual aids such as diagrams and videos to provide a clearer understanding of the process and projected goal of the procedure.
    • They will offer any additional resources to solidify client expectations for their pet.
    • Our goal is to engage in client education so that they can leave the consultation without any questions or concerns left unanswered.

Elevated Support Staff Experience

Our anaesthetists undergo specialty training to ensure we can provide optimal anaesthetic care during surgery that is customized to your pet’s individual needs. In special and more complex cases, specialists are available to ensure that safety remains our top priority. Our anaesthetic processes are often unrivaled by general practices, because we have prioritized availability of resources and accommodating specialized cases with the utmost patient safety in mind.

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Post-Procedure Support (patient & client)

Our doctors and staff regularly follow-up post-procedure to ensure the recovery process is going well. We schedule a two-week appointment following the procedure for a Physical Therapy assessment, to discuss a thorough and individualized rehabilitation plan for your pet. Our staff is very available to the client both during and after the procedure, answering any questions that may arise at any time of day (or night) and offering peace of mind as recovery progresses.

On-Site Rehabilitation Available 

Our doctors take an integrative approach to surgery and recovery. Rehabilitation is available on-site and is both optional and customizable. At the time of your pet’s two-week post-operative appointment, one of our staff will conduct a Physical Therapy assessment, at which time a customized rehab plan will be constructed. In some cases, rehab is only electively necessary, and our staff will create a plan that you can conduct with your pet at home. In others, we will recommend an on-site rehab program that involves improving range of motion, addressing any muscular atrophy, and resulting in the best possible outcome.

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If you’re looking for pricing and believe this is the best fit for you are your pets needs and given situation, we invite you to reach out to us for pricing information. We value keeping our pricing straight forward and inclusive of all the items we feel are necessary to the procedure. In doing so, you know exactly what to expect or at the  very least have very few surprises that could be found at other veterinary specialty groups. Tap “Contact Us” below to to reach out to send a notification to our team and we’ll make sure to set up a time to communicate with you further.

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Success Stories

Tryxxie Maliksi

Age: 5 Month Old
Breed: Pomeranian
Procedure: Grade IV Patella Luxation Correction

Tryxxie was acquired as a rescue at 10 weeks of age after being diagnosed with a severe deformity of her left rear leg. The vet who initially examined her suggested amputation as the only option for giving her a good quality of life. Tryxxie's new owner wanted another opinion from Dr Fitch who was able to preserve her limb and restore a miraculous quality of life by correcting her massively abnormal patella alignment and creating a new groove for it within her VERY VERY tiny leg (at time of surgery this patient was 1 pound). She has been participating in rehabilitation weekly and is an absolute miracle dog! (We have before and after videos as well as many pictures if needed)

Charlie Rivera

Age: 11 Months Old
Breed: Husky
Procedure: Patella Luxation Correction and Extracapsular Repair

Charlie first arrived to us for intermittent lameness on his left rear limb. He was diagnosed with a cruciate injury and medial luxating patella. Dr Fitch corrected these concerns with surgery and Charlie initially had a normal recovery but suffered a setback about 6 weeks after surgery. Charlie needed rehab therapy to help strengthen his leg in a controlled environment to ensure overall success of the surgery and avoid a revision.

We are happy to report that he progressed exceptionally well throughout his program, exceeding expectations and resulting in a complete return to normal functionality of the leg. This now allows him to run, jump and play like a normal puppy again. 

Loki Borog

Age: 3 Years Old
Breed: Lab Mix
Procedure: Bilateral TPLO

Loki presented for bilateral hind limb weakness that worsened with exercise. His owners are avid outdoorsmen and Loki's previous levels of activity were quite high including long hikes with varied terrain and elevations. His owners pursued surgery to help Loki return to his previous high levels of activity. He underwent a bilateral TPLO surgery (both knees at the same time) and then enrolled in an intensive rehabilitation program here for over 20 weeks to restore mobility and rebuild the muscle.

We are happy to report that Loki has returned to his previous activity levels and is living a happy, pain free life from beaches to mountaintops up and down the west coast.