The cranial cruciate ligament is an important ligament in the knee. It stabilizes the knee and provides the pivot point for proper knee movement. Rupture of the ligament is a common injury in dogs causing rear leg lameness. Athletic and overweight dogs are at higher risk. When the ligament is ruptured, the knee becomes unstable. This leads to pain and inflammation in the knee and will eventually lead to arthritis of the knee. Specialty surgery should be performed to re-stabilize the knee.
Patellar Luxation is a dislocation of the kneecap (patella). The kneecap may dislocate toward the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) of the leg, or may move in both directions. It may result from injury or congenital (present at birth). Both legs maybe affected. Symptoms of Patellar Luxation include pain and limping. Treatment often includes surgical repair.
Dr. Seneczko has performed these procedures for 20 years with excellent results. Please contact us if you have any questions or you require a consultation concerning this procedure.
Cherry Eye Repair
The gland of the third eyelid lies within the substance of the third eyelid and occasionally protrudes over the free edge of the third eyelid. As a result, the exposed, sensitive tissue becomes very irritated and inflamed, causing considerable discomfort. The reddened, swollen tissue resembles a cherry; hence the common name of this condition. Since this glad produces up to 30% of the tear film, specialty surgery removal is not advised. A surgical procedure to return the glad to its normal position is the treatment of choice.
Entropion is a rolling inward of the eyelids. It may cause the eyelashes to rub against the sensitive front layer of the eyeball (cornea) and is often uncomfortable or painful. It can also cause serious eye damage. Surgical correction of the inward roll is the treatment of choice.
Ectropion is the turning out (eversion) of the eyelid. This repair can cause irritation because it exposes the sensitive inner lining of the eyelids and eyeball to irritants. It also allows drying of the eyeball due to increased tear evaporation. It may also prevent efficient spreading of the tears during the blink reflex. Causes include inherited factors, birth defects and injuries. Surgical correction of the eversion is the treatment of choice.
At Genoa Animal Hospital, we offer a new procedure that can significantly help in the treatment of ear infections. Otoscopy, or as we commonly refer to it as “ scope cleaning”, is a procedure that can significantly help in the treatment of ear infections. A scope cleaning involves passing a fiberoptic scope down the ear canal allowing deep cleaning of the canal all the way to the ear drum
Otoscopic exam must be done under a small amount of sedation because of the close proximity to the ear drum.
This is typically an outpatient procedure. The procedures are performed in the morning and patients can usually go home in the afternoon. A doctor consultation and home care instructions are scheduled at pickup.
How is this procedure done?
A fiberoptic otoscope is placed in the ear canal and a cleaning tube is guided by the scope to thoroughly clean the canal all the way down to the ear drum. Sedation is required because of the depth of the cleaning.
Why is it better to clean the ears with the otoscope?
Without the scope, the ear canal cannot be cleaned all the way to the ear drum. Only by using the scope can the whole ear canal be flushed cleaned.
Why is such a thorough cleaning important?
Any debris that is left when manually cleaning can serve as the source for continuing or repeat ear infections. By using the scope, this source can be removed, potentially reducing the risk for repeat infections.
Other specialty surgery:
- Palate repair
- Stenotic nares
- Perineal urethrostomy for male cat urinary obsrtuctions.
- Ear canal resections
- Eyelid tumor removal and reconstruction
- Bladder stone removal
- Intestinal foreign body removal
- Gastropexy for the treatment and prevention of “bloat” in large breed dogs
- Fracture repairs