Joint issues

Canine Hip And Elbow Dysplasia: Are They The Same Thing?

Canine Hip And Elbow Dysplasia: Are They The Same Thing?

Hip and elbow dysplasia are a common cause of lameness in dogs. They sound like they should be the same thing, just involving different legs. Are they, though? Definition The word dysplasia has a rather broad meaning. It is from Greek, and it stands for malformation. In the context of veterinary medicine, dysplasia means abnormal development or growth. Both hip…

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CCL Injury Conservative Management: Tucker’s Story

CCL Injury Conservative Management: Tucker’s Story

Is surgery the only option to treat your dog’s cruciate ligament tear? Are there non-surgical solutions to your dog’s knee injury? Thank you, Mandie, for sharing your conservative management experience and success the second time around. Tucker’s story Tucker is my (almost) 6-year-old American Bulldog. From our first meeting in the shelter, I should have known it would be a…

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Surviving The Post-Op: After Your Dog’s ACL/CCL Surgery

Surviving The Post-Op: After Your Dog’s ACL/CCL Surgery

How to make it through your dog’s surgery recovery —tips for surviving the post-op time. You’re probably all worried; I was too. Let me start with the good news. Based on my experience with Jasmine’s bi-lateral ACL surgeries, I truly believe that the post-op recovery is actually going to be much easier for your dog than it will be for…

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TightRope® CCL Fixation System: Dorie’s Knee Surgery

TightRope® CCL Fixation System: Dorie’s Knee Surgery

The TightRope surgery was developed as an upgrade to the lateral suture stabilization (LSS) for cruciate injuries in dogs. Is it a better technique with better results? Both techniques have their risks to reward ratio. While stronger than surgical suture, the perception is that the patented braided TightRope material is the main reason for potential complications. It has, however, worked…

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