acute abdominal distention

Winston’s Acute Abdominal Distention

Meet Winston, an 11-year old black Dachshund. He presented to Miami Veterinary Specialists last Friday with an acute abdominal distention (enlarged belly). Abdominal distention occurs in dogs when gases or fluids accumulate and cause an abnormal expansion of the stomach. According to his owners, he was perfectly fine on Thursday night before going to sleep.


Dachshund Spinal Neurosurgery

Happy Friday! Everyone meet Dutchess, a fearless 6-year old Dachshund. For the last few months she had been suffering from hind limb ataxia. Hind limb ataxia is a condition relating to a sensory dysfunction which produces loss of coordination of the limbs. In most cases, neurosurgery is required to correct this. 
Dutchess appeared to be very weak and was brought in by her parents to see Dr.

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)

Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are one of the most common orthopedic injuries in the dog. The anterior (or front) ligament is one of two major stabilizers of the knee joint. The posterior ligament is rarely injured. The ACL prevents the tibia from thrusting forward during the weightbearing phase together with the hamstrings and quadriceps muscles.

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Hercules & MDC Veterinary Technician Program

Happy Friday! What goes around truly does come back around. Meet Hercules, a 120-pound American Bulldog. He was taking a ride with his owner when he became fixated on the motorcycle in front of him. He began to bark at the motorcycle while at a red light when he collapsed.
Hercules’ owners knew exactly where to go.

Ready for Football

Are Your ‘Fan”imals Ready for Football?

With the NFL and college football seasons now in full swing, it’s time to enjoy tailgating, get-togethers and grilling.  If your pet is an avid fan too and likes to be part of the action, it’s important not to give in to the temptation of throwing your pet something off the table or grill that was intended for human consumption,

Elbow Incongruity

Elbow Incongruity

Edy is a playful 8-month old Jack Russell Terrier. She came to Miami Veterinary Specialists for a veterinary surgery consultation for forelimb lameness due to elbow incongruity. Elbow incongruity occurs when the radius and the ulna (two different bones in the forelimb) do not grow at the same speed rate which eventually causes future abnormalities and joint problems.

Power of Pets

The Healing Power of Pets

You might be familiar with pet therapy programs at medical institutions, in which trained animals are brought in by owner-volunteers to cheer up hospital patients, but there’s now an increasing trend of patients getting visits from their very own pets.

A successful example of this program is taking place at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. 

Animals Have a Place in the Classroom

Animals Have a Place in the Classroom

In today’s high-tech world where many experiences are now virtual, some teachers and organizations are making an extra effort to ensure that their students have real interactions with animals in the classroom.

Most kids know how to play computer games by the time they enter first grade, but the only pet they might have had was online. 

Ovarian Tumor

Feline Ovarian Tumor

Kiki is an adorable black and white 8-year old cat. She was referred to us by her primary care veterinarian. Her owners explained that she was being very lethargic and even lost her appetite. This prompted them to visit their family veterinarian. During her physical examination, her doctor found a mid-abdominal mass for which she was referred to Miami Veterinary Specialists for a closer look.

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Cost-Saving Tips for Caring Pet Owners

The American Veterinary Medical Association posted some valuable tips for caring pet owners and we’d like to share some of them here with you.

While everyone likes to save money, it’s important to remember how critical it is to provide regular, ongoing healthcare for your pet and that an investment in preventive healthcare can actually reduce your long-term pet healthcare costs.