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Why Choose MMP Over TPLO for Cranial Cruciate Ligament Tear Of The Dog Knee

The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is the major stabilizing ligament that lies deep within the canine knee joint.  Rupture or tear of this ligament is a very common injury in the hind legs of dogs.  Rupture of the CCL causes a forward thrust, also known as a sheer force, of the tibia when the dog is in motion or even just weight bearing.  The image below illustrates the nature and consequence of rupture of the CCL.

Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) tear of the dog knee


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Why yearly heartworm screening when my dog is given heartworm prevention year round? (and other commonly posed heartworm prevention questions)

This is a question that is commonly posed to me in clinical practice, and to be fair, a fair one.  If you are giving your dog year round heartworm prevention, why do we still ask you to have your dog get a heartworm test once a year to renew the heartworm prevention prescription?  If you live in an area where the mosquito vector responsible for transmission of the disease is seasonal, why the recommendation for year round heartworm prevention?  Why treat at all if you live in a region with no mosquitoes? Below are the answers to these questions.


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The 4 Most Important Health Concerns in Dogs

Dogs are susceptible to any number of diseases, many of which they share in common with humans.  While a lot of these diseases have their roots in genetic inheritance as the result of inbreeding, unethical breeding, and in some cases just bad luck, the 4 health concerns below are the most prevalent and preventable areas of disease in canines.


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Why Do Thunderstorms Cause So Much Fear And Anxiety In Some Dogs?

Countless dog owners deal with the often heartbreaking circumstance of their beloved dog experiencing sheer panic during thunderstorms that tend to occur in late summer.  Here in my home state of Florida, dogs prone to thunderstorm anxiety suffer on a near daily basis from July through October.  I have an 11 year old yellow Labrador who began experiencing thunderstorm anxiety as he neared 2 years of age so I deal with this issue not just as a veterinarian but also as a dog parent who loves his dog dearly.


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Beware Of Increased Heartworm Risk To Dogs After Hurricane Irma & Other Major Storms

Heartworm disease is a worm parasite that infects the heart and lungs of dogs. The disease has devastating consequences for positive dogs as the worm damages heart and lungs tissues leaving the infected dog prone to clots, inflammatory lung and heart disease, and eventually heart failure.  The disease is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito when it feeds on a canine host.

Related: Heartworm Disease In Dogs & Cats


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Top This! 5 Healthy Dog Food Toppers

Not everyone has time to cook meals for their dog, but with a little effort, you could try adding some healthy toppers to their dry food that you already give them! Here are the top 5 foods we suggest to give a try:

 


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Can Your Pet Get the Flu? What You Need to Know About CIV

The recent outbreak of canine influenza virus (CIV) in the Midwestern region of the United States has affected more than 1,000 dogs. Should you be worried?

As with all infectious and parasitic disease trends, our doctors have been closely following this issue and its possible indications for our clients and patients.


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