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  • Kennel Cough – Facts and Common Misconceptions

    July 12, 2016

    It seems like almost daily at the clinic, I see a dog with “kennel cough.” Kennel cough is a term that generates so much confusion because it sounds ONE disease with ONE cause – which is NOT the case. The problem is that upper respiratory infections in dogs are COMMON and can be caused by […]

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  • JPS – Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis

    February 2, 2016

      With the development of PennHIP radiographs or xrays, it is now possible to evaluate a puppy’s risk of developing arthritis from hip dysplasia as early as 4 months!  This helps breeders choose dogs for their breeding stock much earlier than before.  Additionally, it helps us identify dogs with hip dysplasia during their growing phase, […]

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  • Hip Dysplasia – PennHIP and OFA Radiographs

    January 26, 2016

      Hip dysplasia is the abnormal growth or development of the hip joint.  We see this condition somewhat commonly in dogs, and it can be frustrating to treat.  Once a dog develops arthritis from hip dysplasia, medical treatment can help, but is expensive and lifelong.  Hip replacement surgery can be very helpful, but is only […]

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  • Canine Influenza in Montana!

    January 15, 2016

    Our clinic has been flooded with calls today!  For the first time, Canine Influenza has been diagnosed in Montana. (January 12 Helena article here).   We hope our information below helps pet owners better understand the virus and aids in prevention! History: Canine Influenza was first diagnosed in dogs in the USA in 2004 – during […]

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  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury and Repair

    April 6, 2015

    Overview/Terminology Cruciate ligament injury is the most common stifle/knee injury we see at Best Friends Animal Hospital. The cranial cruciate ligament (or CCL, see Figure 1) is one of the most important stabilizers inside the knee (also called ‘stifle’) joint. In humans the CCL is called the anterior cruciate ligament (or ACL). The meniscus (see […]

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  • We now offer Acupuncture!

    April 6, 2015

    We are very excited to expand our services to include acupuncture! Acupuncture can be a useful adjunct therapy for a wide variety of medical conditions. It can be used to improve pain control for arthritis and a variety of orthopedic and neurologic problems. It can even be used to help improve internal organ function. Dr. […]

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  • Cairo – Portrait of a Canine Blood Donor

    April 6, 2015

    You may wonder, “Do you do blood transfusions in dogs?” Or you may be part of a much smaller population who has heard the words, “Your dog needs a blood transfusion.” When may a dog need a transfusion? There are several conditions where we may recommend a life-saving blood transfusion. The most common cases we […]

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  • Excellent Reference Website for Breeding Purebred Dogs

    April 6, 2015

    Thinking about breeding your purebred dog or looking to purchase a quality purebred dog? The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) is an excellent resource for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy, sound dogs! The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by […]

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  • Canine Parvovirus

    April 6, 2015

      What is Canine Parvovirus? Canine parvovirus is one of the most serious illnesses your puppy may face! If untreated, it is almost always fatal, but it can be prevented with vaccination and by limiting exposure. Parvoviruses are a group of viruses that affect almost all mammalian species. They are non-enveloped which means they persist […]

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  • Dental Care Doesn’t End in February!

    April 6, 2015

      This year’s February Pet Dental Health month was filled with great patients and enhanced by our new digital dental equipment. Above is a close-up of the great images generated by our new digital dental system. Below is a picture of Lorenzo, CVT performing a dental cleaning while Dr. Smith reviews the patient’s dental radiographs […]

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