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Dr. Stephen Birchard
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Dr. Birchard is a board certified Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.
Dr. Birchard is a board certified Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.

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How To Safely Place a Chest Tube in Dogs and Cats
Indications Thoracic drain tubes are indicated for animals with disorders of the thoracic cavity  that cause accumulation of air or fluid in the pleural space. Some examples are: pneumothorax due to trauma or spontaneous causes such as emphysematous bullae,...
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Should We Spay Dogs When Removing Mammary Tumors? This study answers that question.
V.M. Kristiansen, A. Nødtvedt, A.M. Breen, et. al. Effect of ovariohysterectomy at the time of tumor removal in dogs with benign mammary tumors and hyperplastic lesions: A randomized controlled clinical trial  J Vet Intern Med 2013;27:935–942  Summary The a...
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Surgical Removal of Screw Tail in Bulldogs
Case Report Tank is a 7 year old male castrated English bulldog that presented for chronic skin fold dermatitis secondary to screw tail conformation.(Fig.1)  Fig. 1: Tank, a 7 year old male castrated English Bulldog The dog was showing signs of pruritis and...
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Acute Traumatic Abdominal Hernia in Dogs and Cats: Key Point: Always do a complete abdominal exploratory!
Case Report Cass is a 2 year old spayed female who presented to the emergency service after been bitten by another dog. She had no pertinent history of other health problems. On physical examination Cass had a palpable soft tissue subcutaneous swelling on t...
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When Is Umbilical Hernia in Dogs An Emergency Operation? Here's a Great Example
Case Report A 7-year-old spayed female mixed breed dog named Lola presented with acute vomiting and rapid enlargement of a mass over her umbilicus.(Fig.1)  Fig. 1: Lola, a 7 year old female spayed dog The owners reported that she had a hernia there since bi...
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