Surgery and Orthopedics

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30 08, 2014

Shearing Injuries in Dogs, Healing with a Skin Graft

Buddy is a yellow Labrador that was hit by a mail delivery truck and sustained severe shearing injuries to both pelvic limbs.  His soft tissue deficit was protected after light wound debridement with application of sterile AMD gauze applications until a confluent bed of healthy granulation tissue was present. At that time, a full thickness [...]

20 06, 2013

About VRCC: Colorado’s Specialty Veterinary Hospital & 24 Hour Emergency Care

At VRCC (Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado) we are dedicated to providing the best healthcare available for your pets. VRCC is Colorado’s largest veterinary hospital that is home to some of the world’s leading veterinary specialists.  Our facility is comprised of 8 specialty departments including: Cardiology, Dermatology/Allergy, Emergency & Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Oncology/Radiation [...]

30 05, 2013

Top 5 shoulder injuries in dogs this summer

At VRCC, summer offers up a season of different injuries for the emergency and surgical veterinarians to evaluate. June, July and August are prime time for outdoor activities with man’s best friend and there are five main activities that veterinarians at VRCC see that may cause painful shoulder injuries in your dog. In canines, the [...]

14 03, 2011

After the Vet Visit: The At Home Care Instructions

Imagine with's 2 am and you  just got home from an emergency visit to the veterinary hospital.  "Lucky", your 2 year old black lab, was running in the yard and cut a tendon in his leg on the lawn edging.  You make it back home with his fresh bandage, e-collar, and a bag with [...]

25 01, 2011

Hit By A Car

It's scary when it happens.  Your pet darts into the road at the wrong time and gets tangled with an oncoming car.  But what do you do next?  How should the pet be handled? Should you take him directly to the vet?  What if he has an open wound? Or, what if he doesn't look [...]

5 07, 2010

Big Dog vs. Little Dog

There seems to be an epidemic of large egos in the dog world lately.  We've seen a lot of big dog vs. little dog staking territory conflicts.  Most of the time the big dog wins, but occasionally a particularly feisty little dog inflicts great damage to a larger canine. Several types of wounds can be [...]

25 01, 2010

All Sewn Up

Animals eat the strangest things. I was perusing the patient board in the Critical Care Unit Sunday night and was surprised to read "FB needle". Fortunately I knew the code and realized that "Ozzy" had eaten a needle. What?!? I went to find "Ozzy" in his cage and found an adorable orange colored domestic short [...]

25 05, 2009

My Dog (or Cat) Ate My….

Did you know? Animals "eat" the strangest things. We've seen it all in our ER. From fishing line and hook, to golf balls, nylons, rocks, sticks, bones, batteries, underwear, string, toys, a knife, and even a GI Joe action figure. Dogs and cats are much like toddlers in their curiosity and desire to put everything [...]

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