common serious knee injury in dogs is rupture of the cranial cruciate
ligament (CCL), also frequently called the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). This injury can occur at any
age and in any breed, but most frequently occurring in middle aged
overweight dogs. The clinical signs of an ACL injury are either a complete
non-weight bearing lameness in the case of a complete ACL tear or an
intermittent persistent limp that will not completely resolve in the case
of a partial ACL tear. Complete or partial tears cause varying degrees of
degenerative arthritis because of knee instability. Concurrent with ACL
tears, meniscus tears may also occur. The meniscus is a cartilage cushion
between the two bones of the knee.
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Spay and Neuter
Ovariohysterectomy is the medical term for spaying a
female dog, cat or rabbit. It is commonly called a ďSpayĒ and consists of
the surgical removal of both the ovaries and uterus. Both are removed
because if the ovaries are not removed, the heat periods still will occur
even though pregnancy is impossible. Though this surgery is routinely
preformed, it is a major abdominal surgery requiring general anesthesia
and sterile operating technique. The surgery usually is done between 6 and
9 months of age. Prevention of pregnancy and curtailing heat cycles is the
main reason for Spaying, but the procedure is often necessary in treating
severe uterine infections and ovarian and uterine tumors.
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more about Spaying and Neutering Dogs and
Scratching with the front claws is a normal
instinctive behavior for cats. They do this to remove the worn, old pieces
of the nail to keep them sharp. Unfortunately, this can pose a problem
when indoor cats choose their owners' furniture or curtains on which to
sharpen their claws. Regularly trimming the nails can often diminish the
destruction caused by your cat's scratching. However, owners often choose
declawing as a means to end destructive scratching in the home Proponents
say that declawing has no more negative effects than does any other
surgical procedure, and that by ridding unwanted behavior, it could
increase the chances for a cat to enjoy a safe, permanent indoor home.
Declawing or Onychectomy is a surgical procedure performed while the cat
is under general anesthesia.
Usually, only the catís front claws are
removed since the rear claws are rarely used for scratching. Since the use
of general anesthesia is required, blood work may be recommended prior to
surgery. Hospitalization for one or two days is necessary after surgery.
It's best to declaw cats at a young age because they tend to recover more
quickly and adapt more easily to the loss of their claws.
like other surgical procedures, declawed cats require special care
immediately after the surgery. Pain medications are administered for three
to five days after surgery. Although difficult to do, owners need to
restrict their cat's activity, especially jumping, for several days. Until
healing is complete, the cat should be kept indoors, and shredded
newspaper or non-granular litter should be used. Most cats will walk
fairly well within two to three days, although the feet will be tender for
about a week or two after surgery. The cat should be seen by a
veterinarian if any of these signs occur: swelling, discharge from the
toes, loss of appetite or some other change in the cat's health or
behavior. It is normal for a cat to initially limp or favor a paw
following surgery. However, make sure to contact your petís doctor if this
behavior stops and then resumes again. Be aware of bleeding, although some
spotting after surgery may occur and is normal, if bleeding persists, the
cat should be rechecked by the doctor.
Most declawed cats will
resume normal activities, including performing scratching motions. With
rear claws intact, cats can still climb small trees, hunt and even defend
themselves when necessary.
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