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NorthStar VETS Cool Case Shorty

They decided that this would be a good thing for Shorty to receive so they can decrease the likelihood of another episode of disc herniation. They drove up from North Carolina on the morning of their scheduled procedure (approximately an 8-9 hour drive). PLDA is a minimally invasive preventative procedure that decreases the likelihood of disc herniation in chondrodystrophic dogs from 25 percent down to less than 10 percent. Continue reading

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Ask the NorthStar VETS Vet: Avoiding back problems in Dachshunds

“Back problems” in Dachshunds can be more accurately described as “spinal problems.” While the most common site for a dachshund to develop a spinal problem is in the back or thoracolumbar spine, they can also suffer from problems in the neck, or cervical spine. To clarify further, when we talk about spinal problems in Dachshunds, we are almost always talking about issues associated with intervertebral disc disease. This is a condition in which an intervertebral disc is protruding to some degree, or completely prolapsing, causing some level of compression of the spinal cord, and resulting in pain and/or neurologic dysfunction. Dachshunds are frequently associated with this disease and are likely more susceptible to it than any other breed. Continue reading

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