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When Does Your Pet Need Orthopedic Surgery? Signs and Symptoms to Watch For

When it comes to the health and well-being of your beloved pet, understanding what constitutes a serious medical condition can be critical. Pet orthopedic surgery is an area of veterinary medicine that you may need to become familiar with, especially if you have an active or aging pet. Orthopedic surgery involves the bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles that facilitate movement.


Limb Salvage vs. Amputation: Making the Decision for Your Pet

Orthopedic surgery is a branch of veterinary medicine that focuses on the skeletal system of pets. It includes procedures aimed at correcting problems affecting bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and other components of the skeletal system. Orthopedic surgery can be necessary due to injuries, congenital disorders, age-related degeneration, and a host of other reasons.


How to Properly Prepare Your Pet for Surgery

Surgical procedures are often scary and stressful, especially when you do not understand the procedure or the expected outcome. In pet surgery, your pet is in a better position because it does not know what will happen. 


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.


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