Surgery

Spayed? Or Not?

Missy writes with an interesting question:  I adopted an older cat who the previous owner told me is fixed, but she doesn’t have the tattoo. Is there anyway to ensure she is fixed and get the tattoo for her? To read about spay/neuter tattoos, click here.   Yes, Missy, you have several ways to solve […]

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Mass: To Remove Or Not To Remove?

Lisa writes: “My Husky has a cyst on his upper back that is slightly over an inch around and tall. It has not burst or drained. My veterinarian said to leave it alone or he could have surgery to remove it but that it would probably come back. Will it come back? I’d like to have […]

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A Dog With A Recurrent Auricular Hematoma

My 10-year-old Rambo has an ear haematoma about 2 cm size. This is the 3rd time he got one, in spite of drainage with a syringe every time.  Last time I gave him an antibiotic also. Can you please tell me conservative management this time with drug and please specify the dose of drugs? There […]

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Dogs With Cysts, Elizabethan Collars And Sutures

Melissa writes with some interesting questions:  “My 3 year old Siberian Husky has a sebaceous cyst (diagnosed by 2 different veterinarians).  It started off a pea size, about 6 months ago and grew to an inch wide, by an inch and a half tall.  It burst a week ago (what a mess!).  Now it is an […]

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Complications Of Auricular Hematoma Surgery

Sarah writes:  My 9 year old golden retriever just went through Auricular Hematoma surgery as described above, http://www.mypetsdoctor.com/auricular-hematoma-in-dog-cat, with the incision in the middle and the sutures throughout the whole ear. These were left in for a little over two weeks. This was an expensive surgery and we did all the things our veterinarian told […]

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Umbilical Hernias In Dogs And Cats

Umbilical hernia is an inheritable condition in dogs.  Insufficient research has been completed in cats to know whether inheritance is a factor. Sedona really knows how to take a nap! Just as in people, the umbilicus, or navel, serves as the attachment location for blood and waste products to be exchanged from the mother to […]

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Zepp Lateral Ear Canal Resection-Lucy’s Update

Recently we discussed Lucy, whose chronic ear problems required her to undergo a surgical procedure called Zepp Lateral Ear Resection.  We performed the procedure and it went uneventfully. The only down side is that, after the procedure, when we were easily able to access the horizontal ear canal, we found it to also be swollen closed. […]

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Auricular Hematoma In Dogs And Cats

Auricular hematoma: Let’s break down the words. Auricular is an adjective referring to the ear. “Hema” is a prefix referring to blood. “Toma” means swelling, and is the root for our word tumor. Auricular (or aural) hematoma occurs when blood collects between the skin layers and cartilage of the flap of the ear, known as […]

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Anesthesia in old dogs and cats

Anesthesia in old dogs and cats. If you want to scare a pet lover, tell him or her that you are going to need to perform surgery on their pet who is in his teens. For lay people, it’s still a pretty scary concept. However, in modern times it is nearly an everyday event. Of […]

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