Articles by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM

For over 15 years, Dr. Jennifer has been writing and editing content related to veterinary medicine, pets, and the human-animal bond as well as providing consulting services to businesses in the pet care industry. Clients have included petMD, Chewy, Colorado State University, PennFoster College, Pet360 Media, Pet Life Today, The Spruce Pets, PetCoach, VetDepot, Veterinary Team Brief, Kroger Pet Insurance, veterinary practitioners, independent writers, and many more. Dr. Jennifer is also the author of Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-Veterinarian. Learn more about Dr Jennifer
Common Limping Misdiagnoses in Dogs

Common Limping Misdiagnoses in Dogs

In my last post, I talked about difficulties diagnosing dermatological and hormonal diseases in dogs.  Now, let’s take a look at conditions affecting the bones and other parts of the musculoskeletal system. Limping If a dog has a painful musculoskeletal condition, he will usually favor his affected leg. However, if multiple legs are affected, limping may not be so obvious.…

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Common Dog Misdiagnoses: Skin Issues

Common Dog Misdiagnoses: Skin Issues

Veterinary (and human) medicine is at least as much of an art as it is a science.  What does this mean for dog owners? You should consider any diagnosis that your dog receives to be a “work in progress.” No vet would intentionally misdiagnose a dog. However, certain diseases are notoriously difficult to pin down. If your dog is not…

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The Function of Cortisol: What Happens In A Dog’s Body When It Goes Awry?

The Function of Cortisol: What Happens In A Dog’s Body When It Goes Awry?

Cortisol is a vital hormone from the glucocorticoid family of steroid hormones. Cortisol is primarily produced by a dog’s adrenal glands. In health, cortisol plays a critical role in the dog’s ability to cope with stress. It stimulates glucose production and the breakdown of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to provide fuel for the body. Cortisol also suppresses the immune system.…

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