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A DVM Newsmagazine question for veterinarians.
"I refer disc disease dogs that need surgery, all hip replacements and glaucoma patients. The practice sees a lot of dogs with bad hips and performs cruciates but not total hip replacements. It's better to refer patients that need MRIs. We have a choice; 20 years ago we did not."
– Dr. Traci Duncanson
Sanford Animal Hospital, Cameron, N.C.
"I refer cruciate repairs to a local board-certified doctor. He uses the TPLO method that I think is most effective."
– Dr. Nancy Fox
Rockville Road Animal Hospital
"I most commonly refer dogs with dermatology problems related to allergies. These cases are referred because the pet's problems will be able to get a more complete workup."
– Dr. Molly Flaherty
Barrington Animal Hospital
"We refer all oncology cases to local specialists. Oncologists have state-of-the-art techniques and equipment that can better serve those specific cases."
– Dr. Carol Popolow
Croton Animal Hospital
Croton on Hudson, N.Y.