A kick in the head can cause serious neurological issues. Luckily for one canine, what could have been a permanently paralyzing event was avoided. Neurologists from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine performed spinal cord surgery on a four year old, female border collie suspected of being kicked in the head by a deer. On May 2, UC Davis announced the success of the surgery and physical therapy; the patient is now ambulatory.
The patient was small: a one-year-old female Burmese cat named Vanilla Bean. The diagnosis was big: a rare congenital heart defect found in children. The solution was unusual: a human cardiology team who guided the veterinary surgeon through a delicate surgery rarely performed on cats due to their size. The University of California at Davis (UC Davis) announced the success of the surgery on May 14.
The first canine patient to undergo pacemaker surgery did so in 1968, according to MSPCA-Angell, an international animal protection organization. Luckily, it wasn’t 10 years earlier. (In 1958, the first human patient had 26 different pacemakers in her lifetime!) Rocket, a 10-year-old Boston terrier, was one of the latest recipients, thanks to the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, who performed the surgery on August 18.
A cleft palate, common in purebred dogs and cats, creates difficulties in eating and drinking, according to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. This was true as well for a 22-week old mixed breed Pit bull/bull dog named Mr. Moo born with the deformity and then some—no soft palate at all. But thanks to a unique partnership between Michigan State University Veterinary Medical Center and a pediatric plastic surgeon, Mr. Moo got help.
The bald eagle has a wingspan of about six and a half feet and can live 20 to 30 years, according to the National Wildlife Federation. In the wild, bald eagles face multiple threats, including, at least for one bald eagle, human predators. Luckily for this one, there was help. On May 5, an injured female bald eagle from southern Illinois successfully underwent reconstructive wing surgery at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital and its Wildlife Medical Clinic. The wing had healed improperly on its own after being fractured by a gunshot.
New Implanted Prosthetic Limb Surgery Gives Orthopedic Surgeons Options
It started with some research on how to correct eyelid agenesis, a congenital defect that causes patients to be born without upper eyelids. Then came practice on cadaver cats, followed by the real thing: the delicate surgery. This month, the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) reported the success of the corrective surgery, not only for its veterinary ophthalmology team but also for a 9-month-old female domestic shorthair cat named Billie.
Pulmonic stenosis can impact canine breeds with relatively broad, short skulls, such as bulldogs, terriers, Samoyeds, and Labrador retrievers, according to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Luckily for one patient, there was help. A team from The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (UF) successfully performed a surgery normally performed on young human patients with pulmonic stenosis on a two-year-old male Havanese, UF announced on May 25.
Veterinary students who play video games might actually be setting themselves up for better performances during laparoscopic surgery, says a new study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Injectable Bone-Repair Solution Studied as Alternative to Surgery