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The Leg Bone’s Connected to the Knee Bone? Explaining the TPLO in Dogs

tploAs orthopedic injuries in pets go, perhaps none is quite as common as the cranial cruciate ligament rupture in dogs. This frequently diagnosed condition results in a painful, unstable knee, and often surgical correction is needed for patient comfort and function.

Even though cruciate ligament disease is not a fun thing to deal with, you can rest assured that your veterinary surgeons at Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center are well equipped to manage it. Read on to learn about canine cruciate ligament disease and the amazing surgical procedure known as tibial leveling plateau osteotomy (TPLO) that can be performed to fix it. The TPLO in dogs is the surgery of choice for many of our patients, and truly is an amazing procedure.

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Doom and Gloom or Spooky Fun? Halloween Pet Safety Makes all the Difference

pet costumesHalloween is supposed to be scary, but when pets are placed in harm’s way, it’s more frightening than witches and zombies. When you consider the 12% spike in calls to pet poison hotlines on (and around) Halloween, keeping pets safe is a major priority. However, Halloween pet safety goes far beyond the consumption of treats; preventing life-threatening situations is a must.

Chocolate

One of the most common causes of pet poisoning is chocolate. The darker it is, the worse it is for your pet. Responsible for vomiting, diarrhea, and excitability, chocolate can lead to major cardiac problems, seizures, and even death. Toxicity can last for up to 3 days and requires emergency supportive care.

Xylitol

Sugar-free candies and baked goods are very popular, but their main ingredient, Xylitol, is highly toxic to pets. Rapid hypoglycemia and liver damage are the results of Xylitol-related poisonings. Please be sure to keep your pet away from this harmful, yet common, ingredient.

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After Pet Surgery, Supportive Care Tactics Comfort and Sustain

Carefully preparing for pet surgery is certainly helpful for a successful procedure, but taking special care of a pet’s needs afterwards is equally important. Of course, bathing, fasting, washing the bedding, and preparing your pet’s recovery space are all central to the task at hand. However, managing a pet’s pain and/or knowing how to resist pleas to move around or play are both extremely critical for a positive convalescence.

The Scene at Home

If this is not an emergency procedure, and your pet’s surgery has been scheduled for some time, it’s recommended that a space at home be carefully thought out and prepared. Whether it’s simply your pet’s crate outfitted with extra comfy and clean bedding or a bed enclosed with gates or screens, your pet will need a place that confines movement but enables easy access to the yard/litter box, food, and water.

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At Your Service! The Incredible World of Service Dogs

service dogsAt Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center, we think canine companions are pretty amazing in general, but we are particularly wowed by the range of services some dogs can perform. From K-9 cops to ADA recognized support dogs, the services offered by dogs is astounding.

Dogs have always been man’s best friend, and for good reason. They have provided security, watched over livestock, and alerted us to danger for thousands of years. And while all of these wonder dogs are working dogs, service dogs are a breed of their own.

Read on to find out why!

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Keep Cool, Stay Safe: Preventing Heatstroke in Pets

heat and petsEvery summer veterinary clinics and animal hospitals experience a surge of patients suffering from heatstroke and other heat-related emergencies. Many pets die or experience severe and lasting consequences as a result of overheating. Although it sounds scary, a little planning and preparation are all it takes to prevent heatstroke in pets.

Heatstroke in Pets

Not only do dogs and cats start out at a higher body temperature than humans, they aren’t able to cool themselves as efficiently. Their primary sources of heat release, panting and sweat glands in the paws, are not terribly effective, and in a short time a pet’s internal temperature can rise enough to cause permanent damage to the brain, kidneys, and gastrointestinal system.

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Ahead of the Game: Summer Pet Safety Tips

summer pet safetyFor many pet owners, summer means spending time outdoors with our four-legged friends. Summer also means warmer weather and exposure to a variety of risks, which can take their toll on our pets if we aren’t careful to pay attention to summer pet safety.

Dehydration & Heat Stroke

Because our pets’ bodies aren’t as good at temperature regulation as ours, it’s important that we protect them from heat-related emergencies during the warmer months. Controlling their exposure to the heat and sun, and preventing dehydration, are the key elements of summer pet safety.

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“I’m so grateful for Rossmoye ER. My dogs are frequent flyers here, and thankfully each of their visits have been for less serious issues. Knowing rossmoyne is 10 minutes away, I never hesitate to pile my mischievous furbabes in the car and take them to get checked out. I always think to myself “well, it’s probably nothing...but what if it is serious and I did nothing to help them?” I hope our visits to Rossmoyne are always for my peace of mind. But I know that regardless of the severity or reasons for our visits, my pups will always get great care here. Thank you for all that you do!”
Erika Brunelle
Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center