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Veterinary Surgeon Northridge | Best Orthopedic Veterinarian in Northridge
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Northridge Animal Medical Center is proud to perform the full range of orthopedic procedures for our furry patients. If your best friend is suffering from a congenital joint disorder, a broken or fractured bone, our extensively trained orthopedic veterinarian in Northridge is here to help.

What to expect when your dog needs orthopedic surgery

The goal of orthopedic surgery is to restore the limb or joint back to its normal state. The procedures take several hours and are done under heavy sedation, and typically involve inserting bone plates, screws, pins, casts and/or a prosthesis.

Before scheduling your pet’s procedure, we will meet with you and your animal to run blood work and assess his overall health. As long as the results look normal, most dogs are considered good candidates for orthopedic surgery.

Knee Surgery

A ruptured or torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in dogs is the equivalent of an ACL injury in humans. At Northridge Animal Medical Center, our veterinary surgeon in Northridge and his team perform a number of specialized procedures to repair this common injury. Our orthopedic vets will talk to you about the options and help you determine which one is best for your pet.

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Hip Surgery

Whether your pet is suffering from hip dysplasia, a dislocated hip, a fractured hip or something else, we undoubtedly have a surgery that can help. Our veterinary surgeons perform both femoral head ostectomy and total hip replacement and will guide you through selecting the procedure that’s right for your best friend.

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Fracture Repair

Animals fracture and break bones for a variety of reasons, including car accidents and other traumas. When this type of injury occurs, a fracture repair procedure is often necessary along with post-surgery rehabilitation to restore normal function and range of motion.

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Orthopedic surgery involves a lengthy recovery and rehabilitation period. In most cases, you can expect your pet to be virtually immobile during the first two weeks, as he will not be permitted to walk or engage in physical activity.

Following the initial healing period, your animal will be allowed to slowly return to exercise and his normal daily routine. However, our veterinary surgeon in Northridge will have limitations in place for at least four months and he may need to complete a physical therapy program as well.

How to prevent the need for orthopedic surgery

It’s not always possible to prevent the need for orthopedic surgery, as most causes are either hereditary or due to an injury. However, taking basic safety precautions like fencing in your yard and using a leash can help, along with being proactive regarding all of your pet’s congenital risk factors..

Competitive pricing. Specialized procedures. Care you can trust.

Northridge Animal Medical Center is the premier destination for orthopedic pet surgery in Southern California. With state-of-the-art safety equipment, cutting-edge technology and an extensively trained orthopedic veterinarian in Northridge, we are one of a handful of facilities in the area capable of performing specialized orthopedic procedures. At our clinic, you can rest assured that your pet is receiving the safe, effective and high-quality surgical care he deserves.

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Make an appointment today

If your pet is suffering from bone or joint injuries and requires the specialized care of an orthopedic veterinarian, there is no better destination than the Northridge Animal Medical Center. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


  • Monday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday Closed

Dear NAMC Family:

With COVID-19 in the forefront of everyone's minds, we would like to update you on measures that we are taking to help keep us all (two-legged and four-legged) healthy and cared for.

As safety is our top priority, Northridge Animal Medical Center is strongly recommending that clients not attend their pets' appointments and adhere to our new Drop-Off Policy.

For drop-off, please call us as you are arriving in our rear parking lot and an attendant will take your pet in for you. For pick-up, please arrive five minutes prior to the end of your pet's appointment or at the time specified by our team, pick up at our rear entrance and an attendant will bring your pet to your car. Of course you may also wait for us to finish our evaluation and call you with our findings and treatment plans.

Our phone number is (818) 886-1216.

Please specify your concerns and share updates about your pet on the Drop-Off Form provided. You can also email us with your pet’s concerns. Updates following treatment will be emailed to you or shared over the phone. We also may email you images or videos as a visual aid when needed or required.

In addition to the above logistical changes, we have already implemented enhanced sanitation measures within the building, including:

  • Additional hand sanitizing stations throughout facility
  • Disinfection of facility several times daily
  • Educating employees on best practices to avoid spread of pathogens


We appreciate you so much. Thank you for bearing with us as we move forward.

Lots of well wishes,

Dr. Frank Marco and the Northridge Animal Medical Center Team