New surgery on Minnesota service dog a success

5:49 PM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Doctors at the University of Minnesota say a surgery that was performed for the first time in the state was a success.

Doctors with the U of M's College of Veterinary Medicine Thursday performed a non-invasive laser surgery on a puppy.

The surgery, called an ectopic ureter, fixed a constant leaking of urine from the dog, who is a service dog-in-training.

Doctors tell KARE 11 the surgery is relatively new in the United States and has never been performed in Minnesota.

"The University of Minnesota really prides itself on trying to find the newest, most innovative ways of trying to solve problems for all species," said Dr. Lindsay Merkel, with the U of M.

The procedure replaced what would have been a very invasive surgery. There is hope the surgery will also allow the dog to continue training as a service animal.

The doctors who performed Thursday's surgery say they hope it can be used in more cases across the country.

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