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What Would *YOU* Do?

“What would you do if you were in my shoes?” If that’s not the most common question we hear in veterinary medicine, it’s a close second. Sometimes it we’re asked when a cat with kidney disease reaching the end of quality of life. Other times we’re asked when the dog looks as though it has [...]

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Advancements in Medical Technology – Digital Dental Radiography

The diagnostic and therapeutic advances in veterinary medicine over the last 10 to 20 years have been amazing. For example, Dr. Gates never dreamed when he started the Cuyahoga Falls Veterinary Clinic in 1981 that he’d be able to pull a foreign body out of a dog’s stomach with an endoscope. Dental radiography, specifically digital [...]

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Cats Swallow The Darndest Things

You know how most cats won’t take a pill even if you bury it in fillet mignon? And what’s up with cats who turn their nose up to variety after variety of premium cat foods? Some of these feline princes and princesses act like they own the world when it comes to the food they [...]

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A Look Back To 2013, The Interesting And The Rare

One of the reasons we like veterinary medicine is because no two days are the same. We see rare and interesting cases and presentations every day and we have to be on our toes all the time. Here are some of the more unusual cases from 2013, and for more, visit our Flickr Set. Dentigerous [...]

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Laser Declaw: The Gold Standard for Surgical Technique

Nearly four years ago I wrote a post entitled “Laser Declaw: The Best Comfort For Your Kitty.” Since that time, the post has been read by internet searchers from all over the state, the country and in several part of the world. We’ve had feline owners come to us from many miles away so that [...]

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Dislocating Kneecap, a.k.a. Medial Patellar Luxation

Sometimes we’re presented with a dog that is kicking his leg out in an odd way when running. Sometimes we’ll see a dog that walks normally for the most part, but will occasionally hold up a back leg for a step or two, extend it backward, and then resume normal walking. Both of these scenarios [...]

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Case Of The Month: Splenectomy

(The names involved have been changed to protect identities, the medical details have not been changed.) If you only remember one idea after reading this post, make sure it is this: performing a thorough physical examination and establishing a minimum database is of utmost importance. It starts with a patient of ours, Nanook, a senior [...]

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Case Of The Month: Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy (FHO)

In this version of Case Of The Month, I want to touch on a surgical procedure called a Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy, or FHO for sort. When a dog experiences debilitating hip dysplasia, a particular growth deficiency of the hip joint, or suffers a significant injury to their hip (particularly the head of the [...]

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Frequently Googled Questions, Pt. 2

Join us for Part Two of Frequently Googled Questions

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Lower Canine (304/404) Extraction – for DVMs

Extraction of a lower canine tooth is something that requires care and patience. In this post, we want to share an extraction technique that has helped us improved the quality of dental care that we provide for our patients in need. This post is written specifically to our DVM-friends. We weren’t taught this technique as students, and we’re not sure how many DVMs are familiar with it. Hopefully you will be able to incorporate this into your dental practice and have it give you confidence before taking on the dreaded lower canine extraction.

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