Real-life Stories

CCL Surgery Complications: My Love Is Sleeping At My Feet

CCL Surgery Complications: My Love Is Sleeping At My Feet

Any surgery can bring complications. CCL surgeries are no different. Every type comes with a list of potential complications; some more predictable and avoidable than others. This story was submitted by one of my readers, who wishes to remain anonymous. It is not fair that some dogs have been dealt such terrible cards. But love overcomes much! My love and…

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Canine Extracapsular Repair: Sandy’s Extracapsular Repair

Canine Extracapsular Repair: Sandy’s Extracapsular Repair

The extracapsular repair is an old technique but it can work and it is the least invasive surgical technique to date. It is not recommended for large dogs but it can be done successfully. It is, however, more vulnerable during the post-op recovery. Thank you, Luanne, for sharing Sandy’s story. Sandy’s story Sandy’s conservative management for her ACL injury had…

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Canine Viral Infections—Parvo: Cosmo’s Battle with Parvovirus

Canine Viral Infections—Parvo: Cosmo’s Battle with Parvovirus

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is one of the big questions. 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 deadly,…

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Canine Spondylosis: The Many Faces Of Arthritis—Viva’s Story

Canine Spondylosis: The Many Faces Of Arthritis—Viva’s Story

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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