Articles by Dr. John A. Bukowski, DVM, and Dr. Susan E. Aiello, DVM

Dr. John A. Bukowski, DVM, and Dr. Susan E. Aiello, DVM are veterinarians and contributing writers to the Merck Veterinary Manual. The included articles were originally published with the permission of WebVet. That website doesn't exist since and I am honored to preserve the articles on my blog.
A Primer on Oral Tumors in Dogs: Is the Lump in My Dog’s Mouth Benign or Cancerous?

A Primer on Oral Tumors in Dogs: Is the Lump in My Dog’s Mouth Benign or Cancerous?

Oral tumors are common in dogs and range from benign masses such as viral papillomas to aggressive malignant tumors.  Malignant oral tumors frequently recur and spread to other parts of the body, even with aggressive therapy. Types of oral tumors Benign papillomas are pink swellings on the gums or other parts of the mouth and have a “wart-like” appearance.  Most…

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A Primer on False Pregnancy in Dogs

A Primer on False Pregnancy in Dogs

False pregnancy is a common problem in dogs.  During the estrus or “heat” cycle: in an intact female dog estrogen levels increase the vulva swells and produces a bloody or straw-colored discharge The hormone changes ensure willingness to accept a male for breeding.  Toward the end of the heat cycle, progesterone levels increase, preparing the uterus for an anticipated pregnancy.…

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