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A Practitioner’s Guide to Fracture Management, Part 2: Selection of Fixation Technique & External Coaptation

Meredith Kapler, DVM North Carolina State University David Dycus, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal) Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group, Annapolis Junction, Maryland Fractures occur commonly in both dogs and cats and, therefore, are frequently seen in general practice. It is important for veterinarians to understand: Fracture biomechanics, classification, and diagnosis Selection of correct …

Prevalence of Bone Fractures in Dogs & Cats

In each issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice, Pet Health by the Numbers correlates article topics with statistics provided by Banfield Pet Hospital (banfield.com). These statistics are extracted from data collected from the medical records of nearly 2.4 million dogs and 480,000 cats presented to more than 890 Banfield Pet Hospitals in 2014. Learn more about …

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 …

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 …

Canine Cranial Cruciate Disease: An Evidence-Based Look at Current Treatment Modalities

James K. Roush, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Kansas State University This is the second article in a 2-part series on canine cranial cruciate rupture. The first article—Canine Cranial Cruciate Disease: Updating Our Knowledge about Pathogenesis and Diagnosis—was published in the July/August 2013 issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice. Canine cranial cruciate ligament rupture (CrCLR) has long …

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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