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Bloat: The Mother of All Emergencies

There are many injuries and physical disorders that represent life-threatening emergencies. There is only one condition so drastic that it overshadows them all in terms of rapidity of consequences and effort in emergency treatment. This is the gastric dilatation and volvulus– the bloat.

What is it and Why is it so Serious?

The normal stomach sits high in the abdomen and contains a small amount of gas, some mucus, and any food being digested. It undergoes a normal ... Read More

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery: Post-Operative Care
Back Legs

Phase One: the first six weeks after surgery

It is imperative that your dog have strictly limited activity during the first 6 weeks after surgery. This allows proper healing after surgery, and minimizes the stress on the other hind leg.

When your dog is unsupervised, he/she should be kept in a small, restricted area indoors such as a small room with a nonskid floor surface and without furniture he/she can jump on, or kept in a crate. He/she is not to roam free in the house, or run, jump or play. He/she can sit with you in other areas of the house under full supervision. However, it is very important that he/she not be able to run to the... Read More

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Dogs by Frank Utchen, DVM
Back Legs

So you think you’re the only one suffering from “weekend warrior” syndrome? That’s the classic case of the middle-aged athlete who exercises only on the weekends and pays the price with little (or big) injuries that wouldn’t have happened 15 or 20 year ago.  Well, your dog is no different, and the high incidence of knee ligament injuries in dogs is testament to that reality.  In fact, knee ligament injuries are the most common orthopedic problem in dogs, and this week’s column will explain why this is and how it is fixed.  In dogs, as opposed to people, the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) meet at a slight angle. Every time a dog takes a step the femur tends to slide backward slightly on the top of the tibia. This natural tendency... Read More

Heartworm Prevention by Frank Utchen, DVM

A Monhly Pill for Your Canine Could Prevent Heartache

Recently there was a report of a little dog named Callie. She was one of the hundreds of pets saved in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a sweet-natured mixed breed whose foster family fell for her so hard they were ready to offer her a permanent home. That never happened, because Callie died. 

What killed her wasn't anything related to the hurricane. She didn't die in an accident. She was needlessly killed by a disease that's easily prevented. She died because the people who once owned her didn't give her a monthly heartworm preventative tablet.  Callie died weeks after the hurricane, from complications of treatment for hea... Read More

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