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Why To Choose MMP over TPLO for Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Tear Of The Dog Knee

The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is the major stabilizing ligament within the canine knee joint.  Rupture of this ligament is a very common injury in the hind legs of dogs.  Rupture of the CCL causes a forward thrust, also known as a sheer force, of the tibia when the dog is weight bearing.  The image below illustrates the nature and consequence of rupture of the...

A Simple Screening Test That Can Save Your Doberman Pinscher’s Life

Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a deadly disease of the heart that has strong genetic roots in certain large and giant dog breeds, among them, Doberman Pinschers.  Dilated cardiomyopathy (aka., DCM) is a disease of the heart muscle that is characterized by an enlarged heart that does not function properly. With DCM, both the upper and lower chambers of the heart become enlarged,...

Innovative And Safe Early Intervention For Arthritis In Young Dogs

Veterinary medicine is very unique in that we commonly see onset of arthritis in young dog patients due to inherited incongruities in joints, such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, or conformational orthopedic breed characteristics that lend themselves to stress on soft tissue supporting structures (such as Dachshund, English Bulldog, Welsh Corgi to name a few).  As a...

Why Stem Cell Therapy In Pets Is So Effective

Recall when you were a child or even in your teenage years.  After massive amounts of activity you were not sore and if you did get sore, the soreness did not last very long.  Trauma to the body did not hurt as much and when legitimate injuries occurred, they healed very quickly.  Fast forward to your present age and soreness following activity is a foregone conclusion,...

Don’t Blame Me For Your Fractious Pet!

I had a client last week that is perhaps the worst example of owner denial about the aggressive behavior of a pet that I have experienced in my 17 years of practice.  While it was the worst example, it most certainly was not an isolated experience where owners not only live in denial about their fractious, even dangerous pet, but somehow insinuate that it is somehow the...

The Number One Factor That Determines Successful Veterinary Medical Outcomes

This post’s featured image kind of gives away the suspense of this article, but it could not be more relevant to veterinarians.  We may have your pet in our exam room for perhaps 30 minutes, in the operating room for perhaps 90 minutes, or in the hospital perhaps for a few days.  However, the treatment and rehabilitation that must occur for a pet for make a full...

Is CBD Oil Really The Magical Elixir Of Health For Dogs & Cats It Is Purported To Be?

A recent poll determined that just under 70% of dog and cat owners hit the internet searches – usually Google – prior to bringing their pet to the veterinarian when he/she is experiencing signs of illness or injury.  They are instantly bombarded with massive amounts of information as to what condition may be affecting the pet and how it should be treated.  I am...

Talking About Pet Food These Days Is Starting To Feel Like Discussing Religion Or Politics

We have all heard that is is not a good idea to talks socially about religion or politics.  Both are very personal to people and can easily escalate into uncomfortable conversations to say the least.  What’s more, one rarely has real substantive discussions about religion or politics because more often than not, people’s opinions on these topics are based more...

How Did A Spay Become A Commodity Service???

The Webster’s definition of a commodity is: “A reasonably interchangeable good or material, bought and sold freely as an article of commerce….”  This definition indicates that commodities are shopped items open for trade at the best market driven price.  While in the strictest financial terms this refers to agricultural goods and natural resources,...

Special Considerations for Anesthesia in Cats

Cats are not little dogs.  They have unique physiological differences that warrant unique approaches to feline medicine and anesthesia is no exception.  While many of the principles of anesthesia are the same in cats, there are some special health and safety considerations to take into account. I once attended a lecture where the board certified anesthesiologist speaker...