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"Ears and Rears", a common entry made by our technician or receptionist into the patient file pertaining to purpose of visit for that day.  In many cases, the problems came in two's, implying pet problems with both ears and rear end, but in other times, we had a problem in just one of the two areas.  Ear and anal gland problems are very common in companion animal veterinary practice, each having their own distinct underlying causes and frustrations.  Although there is no remedy or 'cure all' that will totally eliminate these complaints, with more understanding, we can implement changes and even dietary or supplement regimens to produce easier management.

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Our canine companions are not immune to joint concerns, but like us, they often live with day to day discomfort and pain.  They want to go, jump, play, but are limited in what they can do. The hips and even back are main sources of problems, creating moderate pain, limited range of motion and creating a modest dependence on pharmaceutical medications just to keep them moving.  Their problems are very similar to ours, as humans. We have choices and options which may provide a higher level of quality of life.  All we have to do is understand the process and see the possibilities.

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Lameness and discomfort are very common in our canine companions, especially as they get older, but cruciate ligament injuries often top the list.  Cruciate injuries are not specific to the older dog, but more common in any aged pet, especially if they are large breed and active.  Given the high prevalence of these types of injuries, the expense and hassle behind cage resting, we have to dig deeper to determine possible contributors and supplementation that can be implemented to improve the odds of a full recovery.

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