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Fig 2: Right sided hip dislocation in a dog with hip dysplasia

Hip Dislocation in Dogs

The hip joint is made up of a ‘ball’ (the femoral head) and its respective ‘socket’ (the acetabulum). The ball and socket configuration allows a wide range of free movement during normal activity. Hip dislocation in dogs occurs when the femoral head loses its close association with the acetabulum. It can dislocate in a range […]

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Ear Surgery in Dogs

Can ear surgery help your dog’s ear problems? Ear problems are common in dogs with certain breeds such as spaniels being particularly prone to them. The majority of ear problems can be treated medically using various medications either as tablets or ear drops. However, in some cases problems are recurrent or do not resolve. In […]

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Biopsy Procedures Explained

What is a Biopsy and Why Does My Pet Need One? A biopsy is when a small sample of a tissue, most often a lump or growth, is taken for analysis to determine what it is. Unfortunately it is impossible to tell what a lump is just by looking at it or feeling it. There […]

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Patellar Luxation in Dogs

To understand why patellar luxation in dogs occurs, and how it can be treated, it is helpful to understand a little anatomy. The quadriceps muscle is the large muscle at the front of the thigh and is responsible for extending the stifle (knee) joint. The patella (kneecap) is a bone that is attached to the […]

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Surgical Treatment of Brachycephalic Upper Airway Obstructive Syndrome (BUAOS) Part 2

In his last article, surgery expert Aidan McAlinden explained the indications for surgery in dogs with ‘Brachycephalic Upper Airway Obstructive Syndrome’. In this article he describes the surgical procedures used to correct the defects and what happens after surgery. What does the surgery involve? The patient has an endotracheal tube placed into their trachea and […]

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