11 11, 2019

Retained Deciduous Teeth

2020-04-28T19:36:38-07:00November 11th, 2019|Dogs|

It is not uncommon for us to encounter dogs with retained baby teeth. If they are still present at 6 months of age when your pet is spayed or neutered, we will remove them. This dog is 8 months old and has a retained deciduous (D) tooth behind its erupting adult lower right canine (C) tooth. It is interfering with the eruption process of the normal canine tooth and will be removed The instrument used to remove this tooth is called an elevator. The tooth is gently removed by rotating the elevator around the base of the tooth where it

11 11, 2019

Hip Dislocation

2020-04-28T19:20:24-07:00November 11th, 2019|Dogs|

On occasion a dog or cat will dislocate its hip. This page shows the treatment of a poodle mix that fell while running, and is now completely lame on its rear leg. Diagnosis The diagnosis in this case is made with x-rays after an initial examination. The exam gave us clues that the pain was caused by a dislocation. When we gently extended the rear legs (depending on the type of dislocation) the dislocated leg appeared shorter than the normal leg. This x-ray is of a dog with a dislocated hip. The ball of the left femur is completely out

11 11, 2019

Neuter – Canine Laser

2020-04-28T19:33:20-07:00November 11th, 2019|Dogs|

Long Beach Animal Hospital offers canine laser neuter services for dog owners in Southern CA   One of the most common surgical procedures we perform is a dog neuter, know medically as an orchectomy. It is performed for several reasons: It minimizes roaming It minimizes aggressive behavior It prevents male dogs from impregnating females It prevents most prostate problems This is what the prostate gland looks during ultrasound  At the Long Beach Animal Hospital use of the laster is mandatory for all neuters. In this page we will first show you the surgery using the laser, then the traditional way this

11 11, 2019

Parvo Virus

2020-04-28T19:33:55-07:00November 11th, 2019|Dogs|

Disease associated with the canine parvovirus started appearing around 1978. It is postulated that this virus is a mutation of the feline distemper virus. Since so few dogs had developed natural antibodies in the late 1970's, a large number of dogs died from this disease. In some cases, the virus affected the heart, and caused death within a few hours. We can still remember people coming into our clinic in droves to get their dogs vaccinated. There was no parvo vaccine for dogs then, since we did not even know what parvo was. The vaccine we gave initially was the

11 11, 2019

Dog and Cat Arthritis

2020-05-01T08:40:27-07:00November 11th, 2019|Cats, Dogs|

One of the most insidious diseases we encounter in canines and felines is arthritis. We even see it in birds, reptiles, and pocket pets like rabbits and guinea pigs. It was not long ago that pets were euthanized because they seemed "old" based on their symptoms of poor appetite, decreased activity, and lethargy. In reality they were not “old”, they had arthritis, and acted like they were old because they were painful. Today we can treat their arthritis and give them a new lease on life and lead a great quality of life for many more years. All animals get