Canine Total Hip Replacement (THR)
Total hip replacement (THR) involves replacing both the ball (head of the femur) and socket (acetabulum) of the hip joint with implants. These new components are designed to interact and function in the same manner as a “normal” hip joint. Which Dogs are Good Candidates for a Total Hip Replacement? Many factors must be evaluated to determine if your dog would benefit from a THR. To decide what is best for your dog, the surgeon…
Patella Luxation in Dogs & Cats
The patella is the medical term for the kneecap. Luxation means that the kneecap dislocates or moves out of its normal position. A medial patella luxation (MPL) occurs when the kneecap moves out of its normal position toward the inside of the leg. Less common is the lateral patella luxation, which is when the kneecap moves toward the outside of the leg. The patella normally sits in a deep groove located at the end of…
Cataracts & Cataract Surgery in Dogs
What are Cataracts in Dogs? A cataract is an opacity or “clouding” of the eye lens. Cataracts in dogs impair vision by preventing light from focusing properly on the retina, resulting in poor vision or blindness. Cataracts can affect dogs of all ages. They are usually inherited, with some breeds being more susceptible than others. More susceptible breeds include Poodles, Bichon Frise, Retrievers, Terriers, and Cocker Spaniels. Other causes of cataracts are age and diabetes.