Board-certified surgeons are trained in all aspects of surgery, including soft tissue (abdominal, thoracic, oncologic, reconstructive), orthopedic and neurologic procedures. Our surgeons have on-site access to the most advanced diagnostic equipment, including digital radiography, CT scanning, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). CARE surgeons are part of a team of doctors committed to providing the best possible care for your pet. The surgery department works collaboratively with our internists, oncologists and other specialists as needed to ensure the best comprehensive medical and surgical care for your pet.
After an initial evaluation, your CARE surgeon recommends diagnostics and reviews available treatment options. Whenever possible, our surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques, including arthroscopy (joints), laparoscopy (abdomen) and thoracoscopy (chest). These techniques are not only less invasive, but result in less post-operative pain and often shorter hospitalization times. Along with the most advanced surgical care, our surgeons maintain a strong focus on pain management to ensure your pet’s comfort and reduce stress levels during treatment.
In cases where surgery is not recommended, surgeons assist in managing acute and chronic issues in conjunction with your family veterinarian.
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Fig, Half Sack & Tucker: The once-limping littermates
CARE Charlotte is celebrating its 7th anniversary by sharing seven stories of thriving patients. Today’s story is the final and biggest one. Fig, Half Sack, and Tucker are 2-year-old siblings who shared the same problem: an angular limb deformity. Drs. Laura Dvorak, Elizabeth Thompson, and Amber Gunstra performed the surgical corrections separately.
First, dear reader, let’s tackle burning questions you may have:
- An angular limb deformity (ALD) is a condition in which a limb is not straight (excludes fractures). Left untreated the abnormal positing causes joint pain and limping. ALD is most commonly diagnosed in dogs and relatively uncommon in cats.
- None of the owners knew each other before coming to CARE. They are members of a rescue group on Facebook and connected there first. They’re friends now, thanks to the doggos and the good doctors at CARE.
- Entirely by chance, each dog ended up with a different surgeon.
Fig was the first to show up at CARE. She would limp after playing even just a little bit. Dr. Gunstra found the angular limb deformity through an exam and extensive testing. The delicate surgery was scheduled and successful!
Owner Christi Medrano shared an update about Fig in the Facebook group. Her posts caught the attention of Michelle Bell, Half Sack’s mom, and Jessica Davy, Tucker’s owner.
Half Sack’s injury was only in one limb, the same as Fig’s. Dr. Thompson performed the second surgery. Another success! While the other pet owners who lived near CARE, Half Sack’s family lived 90 minutes away. The distance and a longer-than-expected recovery challenged the family. Still, Michelle says it was worth every minute of the many drives, and they would 100% use CARE again. “Everyone from the front desk to the doctor is caring and loving,” she says. “They make you feel so welcome. Even the folks who walk the dogs outside would say hi to Half Sack as we waited in the parking lot.”
Unlike the other two, Tucker had to have both of his forelimbs corrected. Tucker’s surgery was more complicated but a total success!
All three dogs are doing dandy these days and sometimes have playdates with each other.
- Fig is a major snuggle bug and loves to romp with her siblings.
- Half Sack is amazing and runs like the wind.
- Tucker is full of personality, super-playful, and loves baseball.
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