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The medical records of 156 dogs with degenerative lumbosacral stenosis (DLS) that underwent decompressive surgery were reviewed for signalment, history, clinical signs, imaging and surgical findings. The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) was most commonly affected (40/156, 25.6%). Pelvic limb lameness, caudal lumbar pain and pain evoked by lumbosacral pressure were the most frequent clinical findings.

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J. S. Weese

Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Surgical site infections are an inherent risk in orthopaedic surgery and many of the infections that develop are likely to be non-preventable. However, a variety of measures can be undertaken to reduce the risk and impact of surgical site infections.

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J. S. Weese

Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Surgical site infections caused by bacteria that are resistant to multiple classes of antimicrobials are an important and increasing problem in veterinary medicine.

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G. D. Shelton
Department of Pathology, University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA

It is likely that most neuromuscular diseases that are described in humans will have a counterpart in our companion animals. With the advent of molecular genetics and the completion of the canine and feline genomes, an ever expanding number of DNA-based tests should become available for the diagnosis of muscle and peripheral nerve diseases.

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