top of page


Patellar Luxation and Correction: 

Patellar luxation occurs when the knee cap dislocates and is both painful and a cause of chronic lameness and arthritis. It can be traumatic and associated with cruciate ligament rupture or is seen as an inherited defect in certain small breeds of dogs such as toy Poodles and Jack Russell terriers. It is often bilateral (both legs affected) and is occasionally also seen in cats. Correction of patellar luxation is a routine and relatively basic orthopedic procedure. Cost of uncomplicated repair is $3,500 + HST.  Please see the above hand-out on Patellar Luxation for more information.

We provide comprehensive case management from start to finish and include many additional services at no additional cost to the client.  These services include laser therapy, physiotherapy, and platelet-rich plasma treatment of all affected joints to speed recovery time and assist with pain management. Referrals can be arranged through your regular veterinarian or by contacting the hospital directly at (705)869-0090 or e-mail

Elbow Dysplasia:

Elbow dysplasia is a complex developmental disease caused by a defect in cartilage maturation.  This leads to a number of different but related clinical syndromes seen in dogs ranging from 5 months to 10 years of age.  Although any dog may be affected by elbow dysplasia, it is particularly a disease of large breed dogs with the retrievers, German Shepherds and Mastiffs particularly predisposed.  A variety of different treatment options are available depending on the form and severity of the disease.  The handout above provides more detailed information on this disease.

Joint Resurfacing: 

These exciting new techniques (synACART, allografts and OATS) allow us to repair or resurface large cartilage defects caused by diseases such as OCD and cartilage damage caused by meniscal tears.  This can allow us to repair and restore function to severely damaged joints.

OATS (Osteochondral Allograft Transfer System) relies on harvesting the patient’s own zonal cartilage from the side of the femur and transplanting it into a lesion elsewhere.  Allografts involve using donor grafts donated by deceased patients through Veterinary Transplant Services.

synACART is an artificial resurfacing implant that is similar to implants used in artificial hips and knees.  The implant is a high molecular weight polyethylene surface with a titanium-chrome alloy mesh backing for bony ingrowth. A more advanced version (CUE) is available for end-stage elbow dysplasia in dogs as a joint resurfacing/mini joint replacement. Cost is $950 + HST per joint. Referrals can be obtained by contacting the hospital through any of the regular means.

bottom of page