Dogs and Knee Surgery: Understanding TPLO Surgery 

  Dogs have a cranial and caudal cruciate ligament, like a human’s anterior (ACL) and posterior ligaments. The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is the one most commonly torn and is one of the major stabilizers in the knee. Rupturing the CCL is one of the most common causes of lameness in the rear legs of dogs. Veterinarians often perform tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery to fix the tear.    Are their risk…

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Post Surgery: What to Expect for Your Pet 

  At some point in a pet’s life, they will likely require surgery. This may be a routine spay or neuter, a dental cleaning, or secondary to an illness or injury. Although this can be a worrisome time for you, knowing what to expect and watch for in your pet post surgery can relieve some of this stress.      Sleepiness Post Surgery If…

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Tips for Managing Arthritis in Cats and Dogs

     The most common form of arthritis in cats and dogs is osteoarthritis. This is a degenerative joint disease where the cartilage that surrounds and protects the joints progressively deteriorates. Osteoarthritis is typically seen more in older pets, although any pet can develop the condition. It’s estimated that about 20% of dogs over the age of 7 and 90% of cats over age 12 will exhibit signs of arthritis. Arthritis can be…

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They Ate What? When Your Pet Swallows a Foreign Object

  Dogs and cats love to eat things that they shouldn’t, and fortunately after doing so, they often vomit them up or pass them in their feces. However, this isn’t always the case. Many dogs and cats come to the ER because they are sick from swallowing something they shouldn’t, and the foreign object has gotten stuck in their stomach or intestines. This may not sound…

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3 Common Questions About Canine Total Hip Replacement

3 Common Questions About Canine Total Hip Replacement We commonly get questions about total hip replacement surgery in dogs. Here are the most common questions answered. What size and age must a dog be in order to be considered for total hip replacement? Since the introduction of the micro and nano total hip replacement systems (Figure 1) we can now perform this surgery in dogs and cats as small as ~ 4 kg and there is…

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