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Spay Tattoos Are In The News

Spay Tattoos Are In The News

Tattoos have been in the news at MyPetsDoctor.com lately. A reader wrote in to complain that the doctor she took her female dog to for ovariohysterectomy surgery didn’t offer her the option to decline a tattoo indicating her dog had had surgery. Marie’s description: “A black crossed out female sign is revolting imagery. Who even […]

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Uroretrohydropropulsion In Dogs

Uroretrohydropropulsion In Dogs

Uroretrohydropropulsion. Now, that’s a mouthful, even for someone who works with medical terms every day. Let’s break it down. “Uro” refers to the urinary tract. “Retro” refers to something going backward. “Hydro” means water or another liquid will be used in the process. “Propulsion” refers to the movement of an object. Uroretrohydropropulsion is a technique […]

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Voiding Urohydropropulsion For Removal Of Urinary Stones In Dogs And Cats

Voiding Urohydropropulsion For Removal Of Urinary Stones In Dogs And Cats

Voiding urohydropropulsion. Wow! That’s a mouthful! Let’s break it down: “Uro” is a Latin prefix referring to the urinary tract. “Hydro” refers to water, or, more broadly, any liquid. “Propulsion,” from the Latin propellere, meaning “to propel,” “the act of driving forward.” Voiding urohydropropulsion, then, is the act of using a liquid to expel something […]

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Tattoo Saves Cat From Surgery

Tattoo Saves Cat From Surgery

Sweet little Spooky was saved from cryptorchidism surgery by this green tattoo. Spooky showed up at a client’s home a few weeks ago. They have two cats already, and no room indoors for him to be a pet, but they didn’t want nature to ravage him, either. We examined him and found his left ear partially missing. […]

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Cryptorchidism In Dogs And Cats

Cryptorchidism In Dogs And Cats

Cryptorchidism occurs when testicles fail to enter the scrotum and instead are retained in the abdomen. Equivalent terms are “retained testicle(s)” and “undescended testicle(s).” Crypto, from the Greek kryptos, means “hidden.” The Greek word orkhis means “testicle.” In mammalian embryos (people, dogs, cats, cattle, horses, etc.), gonads of both genders begin life immediately below each kidney. […]

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Local Anesthesia For Dog And Cat Growth Removal

Sheri writes: My cat has a cyst just under his left ear. It started out as a lump, and has grown to be a dangling sac. I want this thing gone. The veterinarian says it’s fine to stay, and the issue is that he can’t be put under because of his heart murmur. Is the […]

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Elliptical Or Fusiform Excision

“Doctor, I’m concerned. My pet had surgery today to remove a mass under the skin one inch in diameter, but his surgical incision is six inches long. Why is that?” The surgical technique for removing masses such as the one illustrated in the photograph at right is called excision. The term stems from the Latin […]

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What Kind Of Tumor Is It?

“What kind of tumor is it, Doctor?” This common question is difficult, often even impossible, to answer prior to testing. A “pre-test” administered by our pathology professor, Dr. Groth proved that merely looking at mass on a patient will rarely give us an accurate answer. Neither will a look at the mass after surgical removal. […]

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How Much Will That Cost?

Mandy from California writes with a question: “I believe my cat has a Cuterebra. Do you know how much the veterinarian will charge to have it removed?”It’s a common and reasonable question. Alas, it is a question without an answer. It’s a cousin to the question we got on the phone earlier today: “My dog […]

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