Elbow Package

Fixed price package

Ask your  referring vet for the price

Before surgery
Initial consultation
Assessment of your vet’s x-rays
Surgical treatment planning
One pre-surgical physio and laser session

Day of surgery
Morning check-in
Anaesthesia, nerve block and multimodal pain prevention
Post-surgical imaging
One-on-one recovery with a surgical nurse in a temperature-controlled room
Photo update of your pet texted to you
​Cold therapy begins
Multimodal pain relief dispensed
Discharge in the afternoon

After surgery
Three post-surgical physio and laser sessions
Cold compression treatment with Game Ready athlete recovery system

* X-rays, blood tests, 10-day and 6-week checks are performed by your local vet


In some young dogs, the bones that form the elbow don’t fit together perfectly. This can cause an increase in loading to one or more parts of the joint leading to cartilage erosion and bone fragmentation.

To diagnose and plan the best treatment, we use a CT or PET-CT scan of the elbows and sometimes the shoulders.

Cartilage lesions (OCD) are removed and a cut is commonly made to the ulnar bone (proximal ulnar osteotomy). This cut removes the pressure point in the joint, to resolve the excessive cartilage loading.

Your pet will require at least six weeks of confinement to a pen or crate after surgery while the bone heals, combined with controlled lead-only walks and physiotherapy.

Your pet will normally limp for a couple of months while the bone heals. Many pets then achieve improvement or resolution of lameness. Because arthritis can progress after surgery some pets require long term pain relief and physiotherapy.

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While your pet is in our expert care, the clinically-proven Adaptil calming pheromone collar is used to reduce stress.

Our experienced surgical team performs each surgery precisely, calmly and quietly.

After surgery, your pet wakes up in a dedicated  temperature-controlled warming room.


During anaesthesia recovery, our lovely surgical nurse sits with your pet so they are not alone.


After surgery, a photo of your pet is texted to you  so you can see all is well.

Typically used by athletes after injury, Game Ready® is a healing system we use to reduce swelling and promote post-operative recovery. 

To lessen anxiety for your pet, we only use fabric enclosures (not metal cages).


All our patients go home with multimodal pain relief on the same day of surgery. This avoids separation anxiety and expensive after-hours care.

Four physio sessions are included in each orthopaedic package to restore mobility quickly.

Every physio session includes Class IV Laser Therapy.