Archives for Surgery

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
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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
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What Happens When My Pet Has Surgery At MVS? A Behind The Scenes Look At Our Surgery Department

The word “surgery” can be scary for any pet owner to hear. Will my pet be scared without me? Where will they stay overnight? Who is caring for them while they are under anesthesia for their surgery? These are all valid questions for any pet parent to ask. While there are different risk factors involved for different patients, it is always our goal to keep your pet calm and comfortable throughout the process. With that in mind, we thought we would provide you with some behind the scenes information that allows you see what happens when your pet is admitted
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