Saturday, February 04, 2012

Orthopedic Issues

Dyslplasia is most often a genetic defect passed on from the parents or from somewhere along the dog's lineage.

Dysplasia can be very debilitating, and in the past was a death sentence to the dog that had it. Now, thanks to medical breakthroughs, hip replacement or other surgeries can be performed to provide the dog with pain-free movement, but those surgeries do come with a hefty price and a long recovery time.

Some common myths about dysplasia:

dysplasia is caused by arthritis.

FALSE: dysplasia often causes arthritis

It will go away or get better on its own.

FALSE: it will only get worse if not treated.

Dysplasia is a death sentence.

FALSE: it can be treated successfully through surgery.

Dysplasia only happens in the hips.

FALSE, elbows and other joints can by dysplasic.


Using Carts to help dogs with leg, hip, spine issues heal:



Elbow Dysplasia


Hip Dysplasia

Knee Injury


Musculoskeletal System

Pain Management and Rehab

Patellar Luxation

Swimming Puppy Syndrome

Total Hip Replacement



Wobbler Syndrome

Support Groups

Wobblers Syndrom Support Group

TPO Support Group

Hip Dysplasia Support Group


Basal Cell Tumors and Basal Cell Carcinomas

Benign, Nonvirus-associated Papillomatous Lesions

Bladder Cancer

Brain Tumors



Mammary Carcinoma

Mast Cell Tumors

Melanoma (skin cancer)


Perianal Adenomas

Skin Cancer

Squamous Cell Carcinomas

Support Groups

Eye Disorders

Issues with the eye can be as simple as a scratch on the cornea, or an underlying symptom of another disease. For instance, cataracts can be a sign of old age, but in younger dogs it could signal the onset of diabetes. There is also some speculation that Cushings disease may cause SARDS. Make sure that you not just treat the symptoms, but get to the bottom of what may be causing the issue.

As with other issues, if you have a specialist available to you after your vet's initial diagnosis, its best to get the opinion of a vet that specializes in that issue. Like most general practitioners, they see the more common problems and may not know the special tests or treatments available for eye issues. What could look like one thing to a general practitioner, may mean a totally different diagnosis and treatment to a specialist.

We also recommend teaching hospitals as an excellent resource. Its a common misconception that students treat the animals seen at teaching hospitals and that IS NOT THE CASE. In most cases, you'll be seen by top specialists at a lower cost than by seeing a specialist that has established their own practice. You will also have access to the state of the art facilities and diagnostic equipment found at teaching hospitals. Another benefit is that students will get to learn from your pet and go on to help others with the knowledge they've gained from your experience.

Blind Dogs Support Group


Cherry Eye

Chronic Immune Mediated Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (CIKS)

Chronic Superficial Keratitis (Pannus)

Corneal Dystrophy

Corneal Ulcers


Dry Eye (Karatoconunctivitis sicca)




Horner’s Syndrome

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS)

Lens Luxation


Progressive Retinal Atropy (PRA)

Retinal Dysplasia

Runny Eyes

Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration syndrome (SARDs)

SARDS Support Group

Ulcerative Corneal Disease

Uveitis - Inflammation of the Eye