Evaluation of an Intra-Articular Synthetic Ligament for Treatment of Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease In Dogs: A Six-Month Prospective Clinical Trial

Summary Objective: Evaluate the short-term outcomes of a novel synthetic ligament for treatment of naturally occurring canine cranial cruciate ligament disease. Study design: Prospective clinical study. Animals: Dogs with unilateral cranial cruciate ligament disease (n = 50). Methods: Patient parameters evaluated included a five-point lameness score, evaluation of craniocaudal stifle instability, and radiographic findings over 24 weeks. Any postoperative complications were recorded. Results: Thirty-four out of 42 dogs experienced significant improvements…

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What is the Best Age to Perform Spays & Neuters?

There is an increasing, though controversial, body of evidence calling into question the pros and cons that early spay/neuter may have on cats and dogs.  The AVMA, “supports the concept of pediatric spay/neuter in dogs and cats in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals of these species.”   Our professional association also advises that, “veterinarians should use their best professional judgment based on the current scientific literature in deciding at what age spay/neuter…

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Best Postoperative Antibiotic Choice for Cats and Dogs Having Gastrointestinal Surgery

What is the Best Postoperative Antibiotic Choice for Cats and Dogs Having Gastrointestinal surgery?   There is no “one size fits all” answer.  Gastrointestinal surgery is clean-contaminated.  For the majority of clean-contaminated procedures, perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis is all that is necessary.  In our hospitals, Cefazolin given at induction (<30 minutes before skin incision) and every 90 minutes for procedures lasting that long is the norm. The continuation of antibiotic therapy beyond this duration does nothing…

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