Intervertebral Disc Disease in Dogs

IVDD (intervertebral disc disease) can be scary for both the dog and the owner. It is one of the most commonly seen neurologic disorders in dogs and, generally, requires treatment quickly. What is IVDD? In between the bones of the spine are a gelatinous substance that is surrounded by a thicker outer layer. This area is known as the intervertebral disc and is used as a shock absorber for the spine. When the disc herniates, it can cause two different types of damage to the spinal cord, concussion or compression. There are two types of IVDD, known as Hansen Type
Read More

The Benefits of a CT Scanner in Veterinary Medicine

Diagnostic imaging is an enormous asset to both human and veterinary medicine. Over the last fifty years, the advancements made in this area of medicine have helped medical professionals both diagnose and treat various conditions that may have been proven difficult before. With many of the services provided at our practice, a CT scanner is a vital component that allows us to provide advanced imaging and decide the best course of action in your pet’s treatment. An added benefit of our CT machine is that it doubles as a fluoroscopy machine. So, let’s discuss what it is that these machines
Read More

TPLO in Dogs for Torn Cruciate Ligament

One of the most common reasons that a dog takes a trip to our surgery department is for lameness or limping on one of their rear legs. While there are always other conditions or diseases to rule out, a torn CrCL (cranial cruciate ligament) is the most common cause.   The Anatomy of a Dog’s Knee The function of the cranial cruciate ligament in dogs is to prevent the tibia from shifting forward as the knee goes through a range of motion. The leg/knee will lose stability if the ligament tears or ruptures, allowing the bones to freely move back
Read More