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Small-Breed Puppy Genetic Predispositions


What is cryptorchidism? Cryptorchidism is the medical term that refers to the failure of one or both testes (testicles) to descend into the scrotum. If the testicles aren’t in the scrotum, where are they? In most cases of cryptorchidism, testicle is retained in the inguinal canal or in the abdomen.…

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Luxating Patella (Knee Cap)

What is a luxating patella? The patella, or “kneecap,” is normally located in a groove on the end of the femur, or thighbone. “Term luxating means ‘out of place’.” The term luxating means “out of place” or “dislocated”. Therefore, a luxating patella is a kneecap that moves out of its…

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Degenerative Disc Disease

What is a disc, and what is its purpose? The spinal cord is one of the most important and sensitive organ systems in the body. If it is damaged, the nerve cells do not regenerate but are replaced with fibrous or scar tissue. Spinal cord injuries usually result in permanent,…

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Cruciate Ligament Rupture in Dogs

What and where are the cruciate ligaments? The word¬†cruciate¬†means “to cross over” or “form a cross.” The cruciate ligaments are two bands of fibrous tissue located within each knee joint. They join the femur and tibia (the bones above and below the knee joint) together so that the knee works…

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