Real-life Stories

Lost Mobility in a Dog: Diagnostic Tests Are Only As Good As Their Interpretation—R.G.’s Hind End Lameness

Lost Mobility in a Dog: Diagnostic Tests Are Only As Good As Their Interpretation—R.G.’s Hind End Lameness

How often do you think veterinarians misdiagnose their patients? Diagnosis is a process, and sometimes it is not easy to peel the onion. However, sometimes a bad diagnosis is just that—a bad diagnosis due to a cock-up. The most common veterinary mistakes involve: surgical mistakes drug-related mistakes diagnostic errors Both graduate vets and experienced practitioners can cock-up the diagnosis, whether…

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Canine Leg Swelling: Jasmine’s Mysterious Swelling And Another Experience With Telemedicine

Canine Leg Swelling: Jasmine’s Mysterious Swelling And Another Experience With Telemedicine

Peripheral edema can be the result of allergies, immune, or heart issues. Localized or single-limb edema may result from injury, such as from a car accident, burns, obstruction in an artery (due to a blood clot), contact with toxic agents, such as a snake bite or bee sting, abnormal tissue growth (known as neoplasia) in the lymphatic tissues of the body, or high pressure in…

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My Dog Vomited … Why Examine Your Dog’s Vomit?

My Dog Vomited … Why Examine Your Dog’s Vomit?

I get that nobody likes playing with puke. But if your dog does throw up, examining what came out can be quite useful. And for a fresh real-life example? Cookie’s leg had been sore off and on (more on that later), and our vet recommended giving Tylenol for the time being. I was not thrilled with the idea, but yesterday…

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Dog Fecal Transplantation: Solution for Penny’s Chronic Diarrhea and Weight Loss

Dog Fecal Transplantation: Solution for Penny’s Chronic Diarrhea and Weight Loss

Severe or chronic GI disease can be challenging to treat. Dogs with severe chronic problems without a clear cause often don’t respond to treatment. The underlying factors can be genetic, environmental, immune, or involve the state of intestinal bacteria. In fact, the disruption in intestinal microbiota appears to be the key. Probiotic therapy can prove helpful. However, there is a…

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