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Orthopedic Surgery

Riverview Animal Hospital provides a wide range of services for bone injuries. Should your pet have an orthopedic condition, Dr. Francis Arsenault is available to ensure your pet’s orthopedic needs are taken care of. Dr. Arsenault has been committed to Riverview Animal Hospital for over 40 years. The majority of his operating room time is dedicated to orthopedic surgeries on our patients, as well as on referrals from all corners of Atlantic Canada. With numerous orthopedic courses, training from Dr. Caroline Runyon and over 40 years of experience, his knowledge of orthopedic conditions is extensive. If your pet has an orthopedic concern, you can rest assured that your pet is in good hands. Call us anytime day or night for more information.

Dr. Caroline Runyon is an extensively trained orthopedic surgeon that has been working closely with Riverview Animal hospital since 2012. Each month, Dr. Runyon offers her orthopedic expertise to her clients from across Atlantic Canada. Her vast knowledge in all areas of orthopedic surgery, including complicated spinal surgery is a huge asset to the pets of Atlantic Canada. As Chief of Small Animal Surgery for many years at the UPEI Atlantic Veterinary College, she is an excellent teacher to our veterinarians and we are grateful to have her as part of our team.

From screening, diagnosing, repairing and post-operative care of your pet, our team is trained and ready to help if your pet presents with an orthopedic injury. Our services include advanced surgical techniques for cruciate ruptures, Limb deformation corrections, fracture repairs, luxating patella surgery, hip and elbow evaluations through OFA, elbow and shoulder surgery, back surgery including myelograms, and extracapsular cruciate repair.

What is a TPLO?

Tibial Plateau levelling osteotomy (TPLO) TPLO surgery is performed in dogs that have torn their ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament). Although this can occur with any breed, ACL tears are most common in young, athletic, large breed dogs, and older overweight large breed dogs. Dogs can have an acute tear which usually occurs while running or roughhousing, which causes sudden lameness. Older, usually overweight, dogs can have ligaments that stretch that then tear partially or fully tear after as little as a small jump.

How is an ACL rupture diagnosed?

Dogs most commonly present to the clinic with the non-weight bearing lameness of the affected hind leg. Your veterinarian will examine the leg and can diagnose a torn ACL by feeling the leg and performing two separate tests. Tibial drawer – where the doctor will stabilize the femur (top bone in leg) with one hand and moves the tibia (lower bone). If the ligament is ruptured the bones will move like a drawer. The doctor will also do a tibial compression which includes stabilizing the femur and flexing the hock. The tibia will move abnormally if the ligament is ruptured.

What is involved in the surgery?

Your dog’s usual stay at our hospital for this surgery will be two days. This way we can closely monitor and provide pain medications every four hours as your dog needs it. We have trained registered veterinary technicians that monitor your pet closely. The surgery consists of making a cut in the tibia bone of your dogs lower leg, a plate and screws are placed to adjust the angle of the knee, so that the ruptured ligament is no longer needed.

What is patella luxation surgery? (Unilateral and Bilateral)

Patella luxation is when your pets kneecap moves out of the grove it usually sits in. and can cause a lot of discomfort to your pet. Patella Luxation is graded on a scale from 1 to 5. If your pet’s condition is considered two or higher, surgery is needed to correct the condition, before the condition can cause more injury to the leg, such as cruciate ligament injuries. Patella luxation is one of the most common orthopedic conditions in dogs, where small breeds such as Yorkie’s are most commonly affected, although we are starting to see a higher number of large breed dogs like labs with this condition.

What are the symptoms?

Often times, owners come to our veterinarians noting intermittent lameness. Occasionally, they will note that their dog stops and yelps in discomfort for no reason. Some dogs won’t jump, they will not go on beds or couches, and they will not climb stairs. These can all be signs of patella luxation.

List of orthopedic surgeries we perform

  • Extracapsular CCL Repair
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans-OCD
  • Ulnar Ostectomy (unilateral and Bilateral)
  • Femoral Head Ostectomy (canine and Feline)
  • Fracture repairs-Simple and Complicated with hardware
  • Madiular fractures
  • Fracture Coronoid Process-FCP
  • Meninsectomy
  • Spinal Surgery


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Riverview Animal Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Riverview Animal Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 506.387.4015 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital with your scheduled Doctor with communication via telephone. In addition, we are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also place an order through our Online Store by visiting our website.


- If possible, please call us at 506.387.4015 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 506.387.4015 , and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.


We will no longer have suggested appointment times for urgent care situations

  • Please continue to call ahead to let us know that your pet is having an emergency and that you are on your way.
  • For our emergency hospital-evenings and weekends will be walk in only. Your pet will be triaged by a Veterinary technician, who will determine the level of care that is needed for your pet. Critical patients will be our top priority, and will be seen first.
  • This will increase wait times for patients that are triaged as non-urgent.
  • Thank you in advance for your understanding.


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