TTA vs TPLO - Similar Until There Are Complications

Cranial cruciate ligament rupture is the most common orthopedic injury in dogs. There are multiple surgical procedures that can be done to treat this disease, but two of the most popular “osteotomy” (cut in the bone) procedures are the TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy) and TTA (tibial tuberosity advancement). Both procedures can provide excellent outcomes and both have their potential complications. Infection can occur with any surgical procedure, but with orthopedic surgeries that involve implants,…

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The Danger of Chew Bones - “I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing…”

Kitrina is an 11-year-old female spayed Shih Tzu mix that presented for gagging and restlessness after eating one of her favorite chew bone treats the night before. Kitrina, like many pets, really enjoys her chew treats. Kitrina’s family veterinarian took an x-ray and suspected that she may have overzealously eaten the entire bone, whole! She received barium (a contrast agent that shows up as white on x-rays) to see if it could help determine…

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Spring is the Time for Leptospirosis

Spring is the season when we see an increase in certain infectious diseases. There are several reasons for this phenomenon. First our pets our outside playing and we are taking them on weekend excursions so they have more exposure to potential infections. Second, with warmer weather, bacteria, viruses and parasites live longer in the environment. And, the third reason is that vectors (parasites like ticks and fleas, and wildlife like raccoons, opossums, foxes and…

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Old Age or Something More Serious? Understanding Laryngeal Paralysis in Dogs

As spring time and warmer weather return, you may notice your older dog breathing heavier and not being able to play as long as he once had. Many pet owners attribute this to aging, but heavy breathing and exercise intolerance are not always just due to old age. Laryngeal paralysis is a disorder of geriatric large breed dogs where the larynx (the opening to the trachea or breathing tube) is not able to…

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Visiting Varmints, Control, and Unintended Consequences

Over the last decade, our Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been delving into the safety and control of commercial rodenticides (mouse and rat poison). Now they have begun banning many of those products for ‘do-it-yourselfers’ in an attempt to reduce the risk of accidental exposure to children and pets. But, before we breathe a sigh of relief, let’s review what was and what will be available after the EPA is finished with their good…

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