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 Coccidia Infection: Does My Dog Have Coccidiosis?

A Primer On Coccidia Infection: Does My Dog Have Coccidiosis?

Coccidiosis is an infection of the intestinal tract in dogs. Coccidia are single-cell parasites—protozoa.   At least four different “species” of coccidia can infect dogs. In most cases, the infected dogs show no apparent symptoms. However, if your dog gets sick, they most likely contracted Isospora canis. Coccidia life-cycle Dogs contract the parasite by contact with contaminated poop containing immature forms…

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A Primer On Mast Cell Tumors

A Primer On Mast Cell Tumors

Mast cells are inflammatory cells that originate in the bone marrow and circulate in many body tissues. They are important in allergic responses, tissue growth, wound healing, and nonallergic skin diseases. Mast cell tumors are more common in dogs than in cats.  They are most common in boxers, bull terriers, Boston terriers, Labrador retrievers, shar peis, golden retrievers, schnauzers and cocker…

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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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