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Double TPLO Surgery for Dogs

Apr, 08

How a fit, young Newfoundland injured both knees and had two TPLO surgeries at once - with great success. At just eight months old, Sirius, my Newfoundland, partially tore the cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) in her right knee. It was a shock to me, as she came from an excellent breeder, and because my partner and I had been very...

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Nerve Pain After Injury or Amputation

Apr, 06

Dogs with recent physical trauma or limb amputations can experience a variety of sensory abnormalities.   Dogs with neurological injuries can have partial sensory loss (unable to detect touch and feel) as well as odd sensations like burning and tingling (much like the “pins and needles” we get in our leg sometimes when we sit on it awkwardly for a while).  Some injuries can...

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Could My Pet Benefit From Rehabilitation?

Mar, 30

There are some obvious cases where rehabilitation can benefit animals including spinal injury, osteoarthritis, or cruciate ligament rupture. But small injuries can happen during normal life and dogs are generally quite stoic and are very good at hiding subtle injuries. If these injuries aren’t picked up on, then as the dog ages, they will adapt how they move and hold...

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Exercising Your Dog in a Small Space or Apartment

Mar, 29

How to Exercise Your Dog When You Live In an Apartment Living in an apartment or having limited space with no yard is not a barrier to giving your dog exercise. There are many ways to exercise your dog by getting out and about or providing activity indoors. Daily Walk The daily walk is crucial for all dogs, especially dogs...

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Luxating Patella in Dogs

Mar, 25

Patella luxation is a common problem, especially in small dogs, but it can cause issues in dogs of any size. Also referred to as slip knee, patella luxation can cause issues like cartilage damage, inflammation, pain, and even ligament tears. But by knowing how to recognize the signs of patella luxation in a dog and understanding what can be done...

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