Conditions

The Ticking Bomb

Ticks are external parasites that attach to the skin of a dog and then proceed to feed off of the dog’s blood. Not only are ticks uncomfortable for the dog, but they can also carry a number of diseases that can be passed on to the dog. Some of these diseases can be deadly if not caught and treated early…

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Dog CCL Injuries: Sandy’s Extracapsular Repair

by Luanne Sandy’s conservative management for her ACL injury had to be abandoned. While the brace was helping with her knee, it was causing problems with her ankle. The decision has been made and Sandy had her extracapsular surgery on Thursday. Despite Luanne’s worries, the surgery went well and Sandy is now at home recovering. Sadly, it was discovered that…

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Viral Infections: Cosmo’s Battle with Parvovirus

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is one of the big questions today. However, even the experts who believe that we are over-vaccinating our dogs agree that there are at least three infections for which vaccination is a must. These are rabies, parvovirus, and canine distemper. Canine parvovirus Canine parvovirus is an acute, highly contagious disease that is often…

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The Many Faces Of Arthritis: Viva Has Spondylosis

Spondylosis is a type of osteoarthritis that affects the spine. It is common in older dogs, although dogs with early stages of the disease will often show no symptoms. It is characteristic of abnormal bony growths, or osteophytes, around the joints between vertebrae. Osteophytes/bone spurs Osteophytes are bony growths that form in response to damage to a  joint. These are…

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Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Most dogs will suffer from arthritis at some point in their lives. What is commonly referred to simply as “arthritis” is the degenerative form of the disease, or osteoarthritis (OA), which is caused by wear and tear of the joint tissue, often as a result of injury (such as a torn ACL), anatomic abnormalities (such as hip dysplasia or luxating…

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