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Common Soft Tissue Surgeries in Pets: Indications and Results

Pet soft tissue surgery involves a surgical procedure that manipulates or alters its soft tissues. Soft tissues are the body tissues that do not entail bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, skin, or other connective tissues. Common soft tissue surgeries in pets vary. They depend on the type of condition and pet getting treated.

How to Care for Your Dog After Orthopedic Surgery

Your vet at Van Lue Veterinary Surgical will likely recommend that you limit your pet’s activities. They should not suddenly stretch or jump as this could lead to complications. For successful healing, your vet may recommend simple exercises and therapies you can have your dog do at home.

Pet Conditions Commonly Treated with Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is a type of minimally-invasive surgery. Instead of creating a large incision, the internal procedure is carried out through several very small incisions into the area. One of these is used to insert the laparoscope – a long, thin tube with a light and camera at the end. This is used to feed back a real-time image of the inside of your pet. A different incision is created as an access point for tiny surgical instruments to carry out the necessary treatment.

When to Get a Mass Removed from your Dog

Just like humans, dogs can develop lumps, bumps, and growths anywhere on their body. While it’s normal to feel concerned, the reality is that the majority of masses that occur on our pets are either perfectly harmless or can be easily treated. So, how do you know when you should get a mass removed from your dog? Let’s find out.

When Should a Dog’s Leg Be Amputated?

Choosing to get your pet’s leg amputated is one of the most drastic decisions about their life that you will ever make, and unsurprisingly, it’s not one to be taken lightly. Nevertheless, there are circumstances in which removing a limb is the best way to preserve an animal’s health, quality of life, and in some cases, could even save their life.

Minimally Invasive Surgery: What It Is & When It’s Right for Your Pet

Animals can be just as likely to need surgery as us. This could be for an elective procedure, such as spaying or neutering, to treat an ongoing health problem, or in the case of an emergency. However, where possible, an increasing number of veterinarians are now offering minimally invasive surgery.

Diagnosing & Treating Bone Tumors in Cats & Dogs

Bone tumors are common in cats and dogs. The most common type of bone tumor that affects around 85 percent of cats and dogs is called osteosarcoma. 'Osteo' means bone, and 'sarcoma' means cancer.

Degenerative Disc Disease in Dogs

Is your dog reluctant to move, even to get up to play? Degenerative disc disease in dogs causes dogs to experience pain in their spine and become hesitant to move. Your dog may laze around for a couple of days to allow the body to solve the issue, usually without you knowing that there was a problem. If you think your dog is having spinal problems, have him or her checked by a vet to rule out degenerative disc disease.

Surgery for Oral Tumors in Pets | Pet tumors

Your animal companion’s oral cavity is a common place for cystic structures and benign or malignant masses to grow. The key to treating these lumps is early detection and intervention. The best therapy for oral tumors in pets is an aggressive surgical incision. Here’s what you can expect from the operation.

Surgery for Canine Hip Dysplasia

Canine hip dysplasia is a genetic condition that affects the development of the hips of primarily medium and large breed dogs, although any size can be affected. It occurs when the developing hip joints don’t fit together as they should, such as if the socket is too shallow or the ball element of the joint hasn’t formed properly. Hip dysplasia can be very painful and debilitating for those dogs who suffer from it. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help. If your dog has severe hip dysplasia, surgery may be the recommended to help improve their quality of life.

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