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November 23, 2018 adminUncategorized0

Commonly affected breeds – Pug / French Bull Dog/ Boxers/ English Bull dog/ Pekingese/ Boston terrier

Symptoms- increased huffing and puffing (noisy breathing), some dogs will retch and gags – these symptoms get worse with exercise and hot weather. Exercise intolerance, cyanosis (blue gums due to lack of oxygen) and occasional collapse.

Treatments-

  1. Widening nostrils – wedge shape of tissues will be removed from Alar folds to increase the size of the nostrils
Before the surgeryAfter the surgery
 
  1. Resecting soft palate – too long soft palate is trimmed to the appropriate length so that it would not interfere with breathing

  1. Other procedures -Resecting everted laryngeal saccules

 

Each individual patient is different and one or more of the above procedures will be required. This assessment is usually done at the time of surgery while he/she is under general anaesthesia.

Outcome – Most dogs shows a dramatic improvement in their breathing and quality of life following surgery within a week. Dogs have the surgery before 2 years of age, before developing secondary airway changes have a much better outcome.


Post-operative care-
Almost all dogs could go home on the same day after full recovery from the anaesthesia. Small amount of blood around the mouth and nose could be visible during first 24 hours after the surgery. Plastic collar (Elizabethan collar) will be placed around his/her neck to prevent self-trauma to the sutures in the nostrils. Suture removal is not usually required as they are dissolving sutures and normal activities may resume after 10 days.

If you have more questions and need a cost estimate, please call us on 59115070 to organise a free surgical consultation.



November 14, 2018 adminUncategorized0

Cruciate ligament (ACL/cranial cruciate ligament)  ruptures are a common cause of hind leg lameness in dogs, this condition can be quite painful and exacerbate the symptoms of osteoarthritis in affected joints. There are main two types of surgery currently being practiced in veterinary clinics around the world.

Extra capsular repair –This involves a placement of strong suture materials around the joint to replace the functions of the ACL, this method is less invasive and more appropriate for smaller dogs (less than 15kg). Most dogs will start to weight bear within 2 weeks after the procedure and be able to resume normal activities after 4-6 months.

Geometric modifying procedures – this procedure changes the angle of the knee in a way that eliminates the function of the cruciate ligament, this method involves cutting the bone and placing implants to stabilize the knee joint. TTA and TPLO are the most commonly performed geometric modifying procedures, most dogs will start to weight bear within 3 days and have better mobility than before the surgery within 2 weeks. Post-operative X rays will be taken after 8 weeks to make sure bone is healed. Normal activities may be resumed after 3 months.


 

At the avenue veterinary clinic, we are offering both extracapsular and TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) procedures. These procedures are completed within a day and the Avenue Veterinary Clinic prides itself on providing a high level of care and pain relief, this includes local anaesthetic blocks, intravenous opioids and anti-inflammatory pain relief being given at different stages of the procedure.

If you would like a free surgical consultation with one of our vets about the options available for your pet as well as any concerns you may have, please call 59115070. We are also able to provide a over the phone price estimation if requested.



At The Avenue Vet we believe early socialization for your new puppy is very important as it will set your puppy on the right path to being a happy and well behaved member of the family.Between the ages of eight and sixteen weeks your puppy’s mind is growing and developing, this is the perfect age for them to experience meeting new people, how to play and socialise with other dogs, different sounds and places. Puppy school is the perfect environment for them to learn as they will be in a safe and controlled environment.
Our puppy classes are a great way to learn about your new puppy and how to care for them, as well as teach them basic commands such as sit, drop, stay come and how to walk on a lead. We will also teach you the skills to tackle any undesired behaviors such as urinating inside,mouthing and chewing.
Classes are run over a 4 week period we ask for $89.00 to secure your place in the class.
Please call us or come in to discuss signing you and your puppy up to our next class.

 


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