Orthopedics

Practical Techniques From the NAVC Institute: Surgical Correction of Patellar Luxation in Cats

Caleb Hudson, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS Patellar luxation is a relatively uncommon cause of hindlimb lameness in cats. Many clinically normal cats have mild femoropatellar joint laxity, and during orthopedic examination patellar subluxation or even low-grade luxation can often be induced.1 It is important to differentiate these clinically insignificant cases of patellar laxity from cases in …

Recovery & Rehab | Orthopedic Follow-Up Evaluations | Identifying Complications

Duane A. Robinson, DVM, PhD Complications can occur during the recovery period following an orthopedic procedure. The author discusses bone healing; delayed unions, nonunions, and malunions; osteomyelitis and infection; bone implant construct failures; and fracture disease in this comprehensive article. Orthopedic procedures, whether performed on an elective or urgent/emergent basis, are common in small animal …

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Infectious Respiratory & Canine Cranial Cruciate Diseases

The following statistics were extracted from data collected from the medical records of nearly 2.2 million dogs and 460,000 cats cared for in more than 800 Banfield Pet Hospitals (banfield.com) in 2012. Note that diagnosis was made based on the attending clinician’s judgment. INFECTIOUS RESPIRATORY DISEASE…BY THE NUMBERS Of all pets presented to Banfield Pet …

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Platelet Rich Plasma: Its Place in Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair

Ashkan Hakhamian, DVM, and Alan J. Schulman, DVM, Diplomate ACVS Over the last few years, a variety of adjunct therapies have become more common in veterinary medicine. The drive for these treatments stems from: Medical professionals seeking more advanced therapies for their patients Pet owners seeking additional therapies for classically “single treatment” diseases or conditions. …

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