Tag Archives: Surgery

Fracture Repair in Dogs and Cats

before x-ray photo for broken bone, after x-ray photo of bone fixed with plate holding it

A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by a reporter about pet owner administered first aid for dogs and cats when an injury may have resulted in a fractured bone. The article has good information for pet owners to read now in preparation for a potential emergency in the future. This blog post will

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The Pen Cap May Be Mightier than the Sword…

But it can’t beat a bronchoscope! One thing I love about pets is their unpredictability. You just can never guess what they will do next. Here’s the story of Barcley, the French bulldog and the nearly fatal pen cap. The beginning seemed innocent enough: a dog playing with a bright blue highlighter pen. Suddenly, he

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Everything Old is New Again: Plague and Leprosy

An armadillo

Last week there were two very interesting stories in the news about the intersection between people and animals. Both reported on diseases we rarely hear about anymore: plague and leprosy. Leprosy is the older disease and has been reported since Biblical times. The first reported epidemic of plague occurred somewhat later, in the 6th or

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Recognizing Arthritis Pain in Your Cat

When working with the Animal Medical Center veterinarians participating in our post graduate training programs, I often say, “Cats are not little dogs.” What I really mean is, a particular disease in dogs does not appear the same as the disease does in cats. For example, dogs with heart disease typically have heart failure from

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How Do You Know if Your Dog is in Pain?

I get asked this question daily by at least one worried dog owner. Since dogs can’t talk, how do we identify a dog in pain? Dogs and Pain Sometimes identifying pain is easy. Dogs hit by a car or suffering from another traumatic injury are obviously painful. Here is a photograph of an Irish Setter,

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