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Category: Surgery

Cherry Eye in Dogs and Cats: Diagnosis and Treatment

Posted 09.11.19 by Drew McWatters, DVM

Unlike humans (who only have two), dogs and cats have three eyelids. The third eyelid, technically called the nictitans or nictating membrane, arises from the inner corner of the eye and covers the eye diagonally. It serves to act as another layer of protection if the upper and lower lids are unable to blink and to produce up to 30%...Read More

Ruptured Cranial Cruciate in Dogs (Torn ACL)

Posted 05.27.19 by Bart E. Madison, DVM

A ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), also known as a torn ACL, is one of the most common causes of acute and chronic hind limb lameness we see in clinic practice. The CCL in dogs, much like humans, is one of the major ligaments that connect the upper leg bone (the femur) to the lower leg bone (the tibia). Often,...Read More

When Should I Start Cleaning My Pet’s Teeth?

Posted 02.01.19 by Katie Morrill, DVM

Many pet owners understand that their pets will eventually start needing dental cleanings, but when is the right age to start? There is no easy answer! It depends on each individual animal. As a general rule, larger breed dogs keep their teeth cleaner longer, and small breed dogs (I’m looking at you, Yorkies and Chihuahuas!) start needing cleanings at a...Read More

6 Months or 6 Years: When and If to Spay or Neuter

Posted 10.02.18 by Drew McWatters, DVM

Veterinarians have traditionally recommended ubiquitous spaying and neutering dogs and have recommended doing it at no later than 6 months of age. This recommendation came from a desire to decrease the stray pet population and decrease the incidence of reproductive disease while at the same time decreasing anesthetic risks associated with anesthesia of young puppies. However, several recent studies have...Read More

Intervertebral Disc Disease: What is IVDD?

Posted 09.04.18 by Reagan Bugg, DVM

What is IVDD? Intervertebral disc disease is a common cause of spinal pain in the dog. Between each vertebrae is a intervertebral disc, which acts as a shock absorber. A normal disc is made from a hard, fibrous outside ring (annulus) and a soft gel like center (nucleus pulposus). There are two types of degenerative disc changes that can occur:...Read More

Veterinarian: What’s In The Name?

Posted 07.20.18 by Kassie Newton, DVM

DVM. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Veterinarian. Vet. All of these terms describe any of the doctors that your pet may see. But what does it actually take to get this title? How much do we really know? We thought we would outline a few fun facts for those who have someone interested in becoming a vet or things you may...Read More

The Big, Bad, Bloat!

Posted 05.25.18 by Christie Taylor, DVM

Bloat / Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) Of all veterinary medical emergencies, nothing strikes fear in the heart of veterinarian like a good GDV emergency. One of the internal medicine clinicians in my veterinary school loved to dramatically rush into the third-year surgery on-call room at 4:30 pm and announce, “There’s a GDV on the way!” and run away laughing...Read More

How Dedicated Ownership Impacts Patient Healing

Posted 10.03.17 by Melanie Barnett-Fisher, DVM

Titan is 3 year old Chihuahua that presented to The Pet Hospitals- Midtown after being attacked by a large breed dog.  The dog was aggressive and before anyone could intervene, Titan was suffering severe trauma to his neck.  When Titan presented to our hospital, he was found to have scleral hemorrhage in both eyes (ruptured blood vessels) and severe trauma...Read More

How Ginger’s Senior Exam Saved Her Life

Posted 08.31.17 by Drew McWatters, DVM

Ginger is a 9 year old spayed female German Short Haired Pointer who came to The Pet Hospitals- Germantown for a routine Senior Wellness Exam. Everything had been normal at her Annual Wellness Exam 6 months prior, but since she is older than 7 years old, her owners followed the recommended guidelines of biannual exams for dogs over 7. She...Read More

Holiday Dangers For Pets

Posted 12.20.16 by Drew McWatters, DVM

While the Holidays are the “most wonderful time of the year” for people, they can be a dangerous and stressful time for our pets. Here are some ways to keep your four legged family members safe during the holidays. 1) AVOID Holiday Food Items That Could Cause Problems For Your Pet: A general rule of thumb is to avoid feeding...Read More

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