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Dog Limping – How to Get Your Dog Back on His Feet

Article Found on VetStreet
A number of things –– infections, injuries, or arthritis –– can sideline your dog, leaving him with a limp. Here’s how to figure out what’s wrong and get him the help he needs.
If you see that your dog is having trouble walking –– even if it doesn’t seem like that big a deal –– you should make an appointment with your veterinarian, who can determine the problem and offer targeted recommendations to help put the spring back in your dog’s step. Read more

Elective Surgery: Should You Or Shouldn’t You?

Article by T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM | Found on PetMD
Just before noon one Saturday we were seeing the last of the morning’s appointments. No surgeries were scheduled on Saturdays because we all hoped to get outdoors and enjoy the weekend. Then the phone rang and everything changed. Read more

Anesthesia and Surgery: Four Senior Dog Success Stories

Article written by Dr. Phil Zeltzmann, DVM, DACVS, CVJ | Found on PetHealthNetwork

Kelly Serfas, a Certified Veterinary Technician in Bethlehem, PA, contributed to this article.
Two of the most frequent comments veterinarians hear about senior dogs who need surgery are:

  • “That’s a lot of money for a 12-year-old”
  • “I’m concerned about the risks of anesthesia

As I always say, “age is not a disease.” What matters is the overall health of the patient, not the age. There are 14-year-old dogs who are healthier than 8-year-olds. When properly done, the risk of anesthesia is not significantly greater in seniors.
Keep in mind, when a senior dog requires anesthesia, it’s not for the fun of it. It is for a good medical reason, such as cleaning dirty teeth, or fixing a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), or removing a tumor. In any of these situations, the reason we recommend anesthesia and surgery is to improve the dog’s quality of life. So, instead of focusing on the dog’s age, which is just a number, we should focus on the health of the patient and the risks involved. In addition, we need to discuss how to decrease or manage the risks. Read more

Top Veterinary Stories of 2014 - Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital

Top Veterinary Stories of 2014

By: Dr. Anna O’Brien
Happy 2015! I hope you and your animals all had a successful New Year’s Eve in whichever way you chose to celebrate it and that you are enjoying a restful start to the New Year.
I thought I’d take this opportunity to reflect on 2014 in terms of events relevant to the large animal veterinary field. This is what I’ve come up with: Read more