Misdiagnoses

Euthyroid Sick Syndrome in Dogs: When Is Hypothyroidism not Hypothyroidism?

Euthyroid Sick Syndrome in Dogs: When Is Hypothyroidism not Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is one of the most common endocrine (hormonal) diseases I see in dogs. It occurs most frequently in middle-aged (4-10 years old) medium to large-breed dogs. Vulnerable breeds include: Doberman Pinschers Golden Retrievers Irish Setters Miniature Schnauzers Dachshunds Cocker Spaniels and Airedale Terriers Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland secretes less thyroid hormone than normal. Common causes include: inflammation…

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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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