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When Should I Look Into Total Hip Replacement For My Dog or Cat?

If you have any concerns about your companion having hip problems; ask a veterinary surgeon when you should start considering Total Hip Replacement (THR)surgery for your fur baby, the sooner you get started – the better!  Hip dysplasia is a condition that is characterized by abnormal joint laxity in which the head of the femur does not fit tightly within...

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What to Expect Before & After Canine THR Surgery

The objective of canine total hip replacement (THR) is to establish a pain-free joint with normal biomechanical function in medium, large, and giant breed dogs. When highly qualified surgeons perform this procedure, all potential risks are minimized, ensuring your pet’s complete recovery. To determine if your pet is a suitable candidate for total hip replacement, please discuss...

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Protect Your Pets This Holiday Season

With the holiday season in full swing, many people may be scrambling to finalize plans for the weekend ahead while double-checking their various lists, including the following list of veterinarian-provided tips for protecting your pets during the holiday season. Beware of Holiday Foods As you prepare your holiday feasts and sweets, remember not to share any...

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Ask the Veterinary Surgeon: What is Secondary Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA), also referred to as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), is defined as the progressive deterioration of the cartilage surrounding the joints. The American College of Veterinary Surgeons characterizes it as a loss of joint cartilage, thickening of the joint capsule, and the development of bone spurs (osteophytes). That can result in inflammation, discomfort, and decreased...

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Will My Pet Need a Total Hip Replacement?

Treatment for hip dysplasia depends on the condition’s severity and your pet’s overall health. Typically, conservative treatment options such as pain management and exercise modifications are attempted before a board-certified veterinary surgeon will recommend a total hip replacement (THR), particularly for dogs and cats with mild HD whose symptoms have not progressed to the extent they...

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What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon?

Treating moderate to severe hip dysplasia – a painful condition characterized by abnormal joint laxity of the hip joint – surgically is best managed by a board-certified veterinary surgeon like Global Veterinary Specialists founder Dr. William Liska. A board-certified veterinary surgeon has completed additional years of training, successfully meeting the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) specific...

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Treatment Options for Canine Hip Dysplasia

There are several treatment options for canine hip dysplasia, both non-surgical and surgical, depending on the condition’s severity and your dog’s health. Conservative medical management and surgery, with total hip replacement (THR) providing the most effective relief, are two standard treatment options. Combining these options with exercise restrictions, physical therapy, and other lifestyle modifications are often...

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