Active dogs can injure themselves to the point where they require orthopedic surgery to repair their bones, tendons or ligaments. Anterior Cruciate Ligament rupture is a common injury of the knee joint that can happen in a matter of seconds if your dog twists the wrong way while running. These types of injuries unfortunately do not heal with time. They require surgical repair which can be costly and inconvenient. In the past we would refer orthopedic surgery cases to a specialty hospital where board-certified surgeons were able to operate. We are lucky enough to have a few options within an hour of travel time but that still meant transferring our clients and patients over to a completely new hospital that they were not familiar with. That was the old way of doing things...
Now, if your dog ever faces an injury that needs the specialized care of an orthopedic surgeon, we can perform the surgery right here in-clinic, and you and your pet will still get the care of a board certified veterinarian. By utilizing CAVS services, your pet's surgery can take place in the clinic they are used to, with the people they have come to know.
Dr. Slawienski is a native of Buffalo, New York. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1992. He completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at West Los Angeles Animal Hospital and trained as a resident in veterinary surgeon at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1999.
Dr. Mike practiced at Associated Veterinary Specialists in St. Louis before moving to Ohio with his family in 2004. He has provided soft tissue, neurologic and orthopedic specialty surgeries for patients of veterinary hospitals in Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas since that time. Dr. Mike is an avid homebrewer and as a BJCP certified judge has judged beer competitions nationally and abroad. Dr. Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and three wonderful young children. Dr. Slawienski has a sweet one-eyed pug named Boty and a very mischievous cat named Shadow.