Misdiagnoses

Veterinary Cock-Ups: On Vets, Competence, Attention, Trust, and Misdiagnoses: Cookie’s Lumpectomy–The Unpublished Bit

Veterinary Cock-Ups: On Vets, Competence, Attention, Trust, and Misdiagnoses: Cookie’s Lumpectomy–The Unpublished Bit

What do you do when a veterinarian diagnoses a lump that doesn’t exist and misses one that is actually there? Veterinary cock-ups happen. There are poor outcomes due to things one cannot predict, there are mistakes, and then there is just not paying attention. When I wrote the article about Cookie’s lumpectomy, I left out some stuff because it was…

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Canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Jasmine’s IBD—Undiagnosed For Five Years

Canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Jasmine’s IBD—Undiagnosed For Five Years

Inflammatory bowel disease is a syndrome caused by an immune reaction to chronic irritation of the GI tract. The cause is poorly understood but the result is immune cells infiltrating the tissues of the gastrointestinal tissues. The common theorized causes are chronic parasites, bacterial infections, or food allergies. Symptoms can vary in severity but commonly consist of chronic vomiting, diarrhea…

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Complicated Diagnosis in a Dog: Holly And Her Illness

Complicated Diagnosis in a Dog: Holly And Her Illness

Illness can get complicated and diagnosis such cases is a process. Sometimes your veterinarian tries a treatment, and it might work even though it is unclear what’s wrong. And sometimes, the immune system and the body’s healing potential end up having to do the job. Sometimes you don’t know. All is well that ends well. Thank you, Julia Davis, for…

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Chronic Bronchitis in a Dog: What Started as Undiagnosed Kennel Cough—Kolchak’s Story

Chronic Bronchitis in a Dog: What Started as Undiagnosed Kennel Cough—Kolchak’s Story

Infectious bronchitis, Kennel Cough, can sometimes progress to life-threatening bronchopneumonia or chronic bronchitis. A dog sick with Kennel Cough may or may not need medical treatment depending on how hard the infection hits them. And sometimes things can get complicated. Thank you, Jodi Chick, for sharing Kol’s story. Kolchak’s story Looking back, I wish I had just trusted my gut.…

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