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Luxating Patellas: Pathology and Treatment Options

Sep, 04

Patellar luxation (PL) is one of the most common hindlimb orthopedic pathologies seen in dogs and has been diagnosed in many other mammalian species as well. PL is the displacement of the patella out of the distal femoral patellar surface, or trochlea. The patella can displace, or luxate, medially or laterally. Patients with PL can present with varying degrees of...

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Big Dogs Face More Joint Problems If Neutered Early

Aug, 21

Heavier mixed-breed dogs have higher health risks if neutered or spayed early, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis. The study found mixed-breed dogs weighing more than 44 pounds as adults are at higher risk for one or more joint disorders if neutered before 1 year of age. Dogs weighing up to 43 pounds had no...

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Virtual Consults for Pets - Rehab, Conditioning, and Mobility Issues

Aug, 16

Since vet practices remain closed or have reduced hours, many of you are becoming familiar with telemedicine so that you can connect with your vet for a virtual appointment.  A Vital Vet Consult is different - it's a totally new concept in virtual consultation.  Here's how: You connect with experts from all over world without ever leaving your home - you do not...

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Cruciate Ligament Injury in Dogs

Jul, 22

Has your dog suddenly started limping on one of its back legs? There are many different reasons for limping in dogs. One of the most common causes of lameness is a ruptured cruciate ligament. What Is a Cruciate Ligament Injury? There are two cruciate ligaments in a dog's knee joint. The ligaments connect the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia...

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Benefits of Rehabilitation After Your Dog’s TPLO

May, 29

A knee surgery for your dog is a pretty penny, no doubt about it. (What is a TPLO?) And yet veterinarians agree that NOT doing surgery is a guarantee of ongoing arthritis problems, expenses and pain for your dog. Then why would you spend another pretty penny for rehabilitation?    Simple answer: Protect your TPLO surgery investment. Look at it...

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