Elbow Study

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elbowElbow dysplasia is a common source of front leg lameness in large breed dogs like Labrador Retreivers. The condition is difficult to diagnose with routine radiographs and can result in permanent arthritis and lifelong lameness if not diagnosed early in a dogs life. Common not only in family pets, service dogs and police dogs face the same risks if early diagnosis is not made resulting in early retirement from service after time consuming and costly training. Using 3-D technology to facilitate early detection, specialists at LIVS not only were the first to describe this condition in dogs, but now have pioneered new methods of routine diagnosis for all dogs affected.



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Thermography is a method of measuring surface temperature, in medicine, it is known as “Medical Infrared Imaging”. It is non invasive, inexpensive and has been proven effective as a screening tool for various conditions.  With recent advances in technology, much attention is being directed at this novel technology because of its ability to detect alterations in physiology years before traditional methods can detect abnormalities in tissue in the form of tumors. Specialists at LIVS have been at the forefront of the development of this technology as a screening tool for conditions such as cancer, intervertebral disk disease, arthritis, Chiari-Like Malformation and cruciate ligament disease.


Seizures and Deep Brain Stimulation

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dawn13Epilepsy is a very common and serious disorder of dogs and people. Despite the introduction of several new and effective anticonvulsant drugs for people within the last 10-15 years, there are still limited options for treating refractory epilepsy in dogs, and many epileptic dogs are euthanized because of uncontrolled seizures combined with adverse drug side effects. A surgically implantable device that applies high frequency electrical stimulation to deep brain structures (deep brain stimulation, or DBS) has demonstrated efficacy in human epilepsy, but has not been investigated in dogs. Dr. Curtis Dewey and colleagues have developed a DBS unit specifically for use in dogs with uncontrolled epilepsy offering a safe treatment option for this very debilitating condition.


Advances in Neuroimaging

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neuroimagingIn a recent study identifying the top 30 innovations based on frequency of appearance in articles published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine, surveyed physicians ranked both CT scanning and MRI at the top of the list. This study validates what many physicians and veterinarians perceive: CT and MRI provide an essential non invasive window into the body offering images that are indispensable elements to patient care. Because of the increase in demand for CT and MRI in human medicine, equipment manufacturers have developed additional innovations, making systems even more efficient, more precise, and frequently more expensive. This industry pressure has resulted in advances in imaging technology never before attainable in veterinary medicine, as newly acquired technology becomes within the economic reach of veterinary medical centers.

Thermography or Medical Infrared Imaging has a long history, however, recent advances in camera technology and computer power have resulted in a “revisiting” of the utility of this near forgotten technology. This renewed interest in thermography is best evidenced by a recent literature search of the term thermography which yielded over 6,000 hits with over 700 in the clinical medicine arena. This review of the recent advances in MRI, CT, and Thermography will acquaint the reader with advances in technology that are now available and with what is on the horizon.


World Trade Center K9 Rescue

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wtcRescue efforts during the World Trade Center attacks were massive in scope and beyond the training paradigm of most of the agencies involved. Canine rescue teams from around the country converged at ground zero resulting in a large number of  police dogs and no medical infrastructure available to provide support. Observations of those who responded in the initial days of the rescue efforts and provided veterinary care until governmental agencies could arrive are detailed as well as lessons learned.



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Chiari malformation is a condition where the skull is misshaped or simply too small causing increased pressure on the brain. Sadly, this malformation affects over three hundred thousand children and thousands of puppies every year. Patients experiencing extreme pain, neurologic weakness, difficulty learning, and seizures struggle every day. Because it afflicts puppies, their treatment is a natural model for the human condition.

The Chiari malformation in humans and the Chiari-like malformation in dogs (CLM), formerly known as Caudal Occipital Malformation Syndrome (COMS), is a condition in which part of the brain, the cerebellum, descends out of the skull through the opening at its base, called the foramen magnum, crowding the spinal cord. It is considered to be a developmental abnormality and is commonly confused with many other conditions in children and dogs.

At the New York Veterinary Foundation, we are not only making a difference in the lives of animals... we’re also making a difference in the lives of people, funding education programs that shed light on the causes and treatment of this painful disease that affects both children and dogs.


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