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Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease in Dogs: What You Need to Know

A dog favoring its back leg

In response to a common search term on the Animal Medical Center website, this blog is devoted to cranial cruciate ligament disease (CCLD). The cranial cruciate ligament may not be familiar to many folks, but this ligament is analogous to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the human knee. Pretty much all of us know

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Arthritis: Not Just a Single Disease and Not Just a Single Joint

I examined the most handsome four year old Labrador with a blocky, square head the other day. Being a very athletic dog, he normally jumps up on the sofa in the waiting area. The other day, he needed help to jump up and couldn’t seem to get comfortable once he was on the sofa. Based

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Is My Pet Sick or Just Getting Older?

As our pets get older, we expect them to slow down as part of the aging process, but how much slowing down is too much? What signs should pet owners watch out for in their senior pets that may suggest there is more going on than simply normal aging? What qualifies a pet as a

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You Can Help Prevent Hip Dysplasia in your Dog

An x-ray showing hip dysplasia

Today, I received a call from a pet owner whose dog I had taken care of several years ago. I remember how heartbroken she was when I euthanized Stormy, her rescued Labrador. Stormy was not sick, his liver and kidneys were fine and he didn’t have cancer. But Stormy could no longer walk due to

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What’s On Your Veterinarian’s Mind?

A recent survey of both pet owners and veterinarians interrogated the pet health issues each group thought were most important. In this blog, I will write from the veterinarian’s point of view and in next week’s post, the issues from the pet owner’s perspective. Starting with an exam In an exam room with a pet

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