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Orthopedic Veterinary Surgeryby Dr. Tom Tullio of True Care Veterinary Hospital

When your pet experiences an accident or injury requiring more than simple first aid, the professionals at True Care Veterinary Hospital are experienced in performing orthopedic surgical repairs. From common to severe injuries or congenital diseases, Dr. Tullio and the veterinarians at True Care are experienced in performing orthopedic veterinary surgery.

Symptoms of an Orthopedic Problem

Subtle symptoms of a serious bone or joint issue include lameness, unwillingness to jump down or climb up short distances, lethargy, withdrawal, aggression, and irritability. At times, the only symptom of pain or injury may be a change in your pet’s personality.

We encourage you to report all behavioral changes to your veterinarian at once to prevent possible damage or excessive pain to your pet in the event of an actual orthopedic problem.

Orthopedic Procedures

Some examples of orthopedic surgeries performed at True Care Veterinary Hospital include repairs of fractures or dislocations, cruciate ligament tears, and luxating patellas. In addition, we are able to perform partial or complete limb amputations when the damage is beyond repair.

There are a variety of choices when faced with orthopedic interventions. At True Care, we make recommendations for pet surgery or other treatments based upon your pet’s individual profile and the needs of your family. Considerations for your pet’s treatment or surgery include:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Breed
  • Level of activity
  • Health history
  • Overall conditioning
  • Lifestyle—urban or rural; working, show, or domestic pet

Your True Care veterinarian will explain all surgical and treatment options to you, outlining the benefits and disadvantages of each, so that you are able to make a fully informed decision about your pet’s care. You are never referred to an outside source for questions about your pet’s condition, and no surgical procedure is ever performed on your pet without your consent—this is the True Care commitment.

We encourage you to visit the hospitalization, ICU and anesthesia pages of our website for more about the services available to patients at True Care Veterinary Hospital.

To discuss your concerns about orthopedic issues in your pet, call, or email True Care Veterinary Hospital today.


Molly and Oscar have been patients of Dr. Tullio for several years. I have been very pleased with his care‚ his expertise‚ and his understanding with my two Wheatens. Dr. Tullio has been quick to diagnose any issues and remedy all of the problems we’ve had. I look forward to many more years working with Dr. Tullio. I wish him well in his venture.

—Fran Skiba

Dr. Tullio has always treated our dogs with great knowledge‚ care‚ and compassion‚ and we have grown to know him quite well. We have been so completely impressed with Dr. Tullio’s consistent excellence in care and services that we wanted to share our experience with others. We are pleased to recommend as the place to go for both quality treatment and compassionate care for your furry family members.

—Chuck Porrazzo

Doctor Tullio is a kind, caring gentleman who has cared for my cocker spaniels for many years now. He has always been helpful‚ honest‚ and understanding with my pets and me. He is a man I trust completely and have and do refer others to him. Any pet owner can feel safe and secure in trusting their beloved pets to his skilled hands.

—Margaret Rowe‚ Howell‚ NJ

When my parents’ dog Kya died very suddenly a few years ago‚ their regular vet was not at work that day. But thankfully‚ Dr. Tullio was and treated my parents and their dog as if he was their doctor for the past 15 years—doing everything he could to try and revive Kya and by being so compassionate to my parents in the waiting room after having to deliver the sad news. We truly can’t say enough nice things about Dr. Tullio and can’t wait for him to open his new facility! Thank you.

—Lori Forrest & Bob Leahy