Orthopedics

Intervertebral Disk Disease In Dogs And Cats

Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) is a common condition in dogs and people, much less common in cats. As in people, the canine and feline disk (or disc) consists of an outer fibrous ring called the annulus fibrosus (annulus) and an inner, vanilla-pudding-like cushion called the nucleus pulposus (nucleus). The normal, everyday function of the spinal […]

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Canine Osteosarcoma By Breed

What are the chances of one family getting hit with osteosarcoma twice in less than a year? Pretty good if your dogs are of a certain age and certain breeds. Traditionally, we have placed St. Bernards, Rottweilers and Great Danes at the top of the list, while recognizing that all large breed dogs are at […]

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Causes Of Limping In Pets

What causes limping? Essentially limping, or irregularity in the gait, is caused by pain or a problem with conformation. If a pet is born with one leg shorter, or crookeder, than its counterpart on the same side or end, the gait will be unusual. Injuries can also cause abnormal shapes. A growth plate is the area […]

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How Dog and Cat Orthopedic Cases Are Worked Up

In an ongoing series on how different kinds of cases are worked up, today we will look at pet orthopaedic patients. Most veterinary orthopaedic cases present as dogs or cats that are limping. These patients are in pain, regardless of whether they exhibit their pain vocally or visually. Like their wild ancestors, pets instinctively hide […]

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