Most veterinarians who dedicate their practices to companion animals perform surgery at least a few times a week. Increasingly, however, our clients are clamoring for the highest quality care … which is where board-certified surgeons come in. But how do pet owners know which pet surgeries are best left to the credentialed specialists? Truth is,…

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A myelogram is an anatomical test, consisting of an X-ray examination of an animal’s spinal cord. This test is used to differentiate and locate several types of spinal cord injuries and disorders. Since the spinal cord cannot be seen with an ordinary x-ray, then a special dye is injected into the dural sac, which is…

mandible fractures in dogs Arkansas Veterinary Surgery Center

Fracture of the Mandible (Lower Jaw) in Dogs Fractures of the mandible (lower jaw) are usually the result of major trauma often with a motor vehicle, especially to the head, but can be caused by disease of the bone itself, dental disease, or sometimes by the veterinarian during extraction of diseased teeth. These fractures can…

What is hip dysplasia? The end result of hip dysplasia is hip arthritis, but the problem starts much earlier.  Hip dysplasia is an incurable developmental disorder.  While the exact mechanism is unknown, one theory suggests loose hips in young dogs change the maturation of the hip joint, resulting in abnormally formed hip joints, which later…

What is electrostimulation? Electrostimulation is using an electrical impulse to a nerve within a muscle to help decrease pain, increase muscle strength, or both. When delivered appropriately and with proper training, electrostimulation should be ONLY a positive experience, particularly in our pets who can’t understand why we would do something painful even if it was…

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Elbow Dysplasia in Dogs Elbow dysplasia is a condition caused by the abnormal growth of cells, tissue, or bone. The condition is characterized by a series of four developmental abnormalities that lead to malformation and degeneration of the elbow joint. It is the most common cause of elbow pain and lameness, and one of the…

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Dog ACL Injury is common and vary in degrees of seriousness. Read on to discover what your dog may require on the road to recovery from an ACL tear. As Wally can attest, dog ACL Injury is all too common. It’s a cold winter evening. My dogs go out for their last little romp before…

Intervertebral Disc Disease Arkansas Veterinary Surgery Center

What is intervertebral disc disease? Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is an age-related, degenerative disorder where the cushioning discs that lay between the vertebrae of the spinal column either burst or bulge into the spinal cord space, also referred to as a slipped disc or ruptured disc. When this occurs, the material inside the disc will…

Luxating Patella Surgery Greenwood AR

What is a luxating patella? A luxating patella, also known as a floating kneecap, is a condition in which the kneecap (patella) dislocates, or moves out of its normal groove. The result of a dislocated kneecap is an inability to extend the leg properly at the knee joint. Dogs who suffer from this problem often…

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What is the Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)  procedure? Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) is an orthopedic procedure to repair deficient cranial cruciate ligaments in dogs. It has also been used in cats.  This injury can occur at any age and in any breed, but most frequently occurs in middle aged, overweight, medium to large breed dogs. What are the indications…

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