Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists » labrador https://bevsvt.com Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:58:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.19 Today My Dog Had Surgeryhttps://bevsvt.com/2015/today-my-dog-had-surgery/ https://bevsvt.com/2015/today-my-dog-had-surgery/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:38:20 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1870 Yesterday, my rambunctious, three year old yellow lab mix Addison underwent a bilateral elbow arthroscopy procedure. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure orthopedic surgeons use to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint. Addie was experiencing intermittent lameness that became more severe after exercise. Upon physical exam and joint palpation with Dr. Garrett Levin, DACVS it was suggested to move forward with radiographs and a CT scan to determine if there was elbow dysplasia and bone abnormalities. The CT report confirmed elbow dysplasia and elbow arthroscopy was performed on both elbow joints. A fragmented medial coronoid process was removed from both elbows which is like having a rock in your shoe! Addie is doing great the day after surgery, she is comfortable and walking well. She will continue to be on exercise restriction for 8 weeks and is looking forward to the 4 week mark so she can get in the pool for some exercise! 


Even though I see animals undergo procedures everyday I was still a nervous dog mom throughout the procedure. Being a ‘client’ for a day helped remind me what it’s like to be on the other side, which is sometimes easy to forget because treatments and procedures become so routine. As always, I was amazed at the level of support and compassion given to me by my co-workers. We are all animal lovers and pet parents so even though much of what we see is routine, we can always empathize with the stress of having a sick pet. I am fortunate that Addison will make a full recovery (she is contently munching on a bone in the office right now) and has many hikes, walks and runs ahead of her.

Whitney Durivage, hospital manager at BEVS


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Mala Boo’s Storyhttps://bevsvt.com/2015/mala-boos-story/ https://bevsvt.com/2015/mala-boos-story/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:52:58 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1669 Mala Boo is a beautiful, adventurous 8 year old Labrador. One day last October after returning from a  hike she began showing signs of neck pain. The neck pain became more severe and progressed to tetraparesis (unable to walk and very little movement of her 4 limbs). At BEVS she underwent a neurologic examination and CT scan showing a slipped disc (intervertebral disc disease), compressing the spinal cord at C5-C6 on her neck. Mala Boo’s amazing family decided to go through with surgery knowing a long road and tough recovery was ahead of them. The same day as the exam and CT, Mala Boo underwent a ventral slot (bone tunnel made on the spinal canal floor to retrieve the disc material compressing the spinal cord). Mala Boo was kept sedated and received different types of pain medication to control what we call wind up pain – a pain that persists even after the insult has been removed.

One of the most extraordinary moments in my career occurred 2 days post surgery while the owners were visiting.  Mala  Boo was still very painful and unable to move. We were going over all of the options and that prognosis can be good but recovery is long and difficult. At that moment, Mala moved her front limb for the first time since she became tetraparetic, and reached for her owner. At that moment, they said, we are going to continue, Mala deserves that support. After that, slow improvements could be observed daily. Mala would be able to hold her head up for few minutes which progressed to her moving her legs more vigorously and wagging her tail. Five days after surgery, Mala was discharged from the hospital, still unable to walk and on several pain medications. Mala’s mom Micheline cared for Mala every day, giving her pain medications, doing her home exercises, expressing her bladder and carrying her outside. Again, Mala showed daily improvements and 2 weeks after surgery, she was be able to stand with very little support and did not show any more signs of pain. The Vanovac family continued her exercises at home, holding her up for balancing exercises, doing range of motion, stimulating Mala to move with treats – luckily Mala Boo loves her treats! Five weeks after surgery, Mala could walk on her own and was enjoying the snow outside. What initially was a slow walk with some paw placing mistakes, gradually became a normal walk and finally Mala Boo (and her family) got her life back. Mala Book and her family have many more hikes ahead of them.

Written by: Dr. Helia Zamprogno, PhD, Practice Limited to Surgery


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