Jake’s Laryngeal Paralysis

Jake’s Laryngeal Paralysis

Jake is a senior Labrador Retriever, and his story starts with an emergency veterinary visit. Jake was rushed to the clinic blue and suffocating. Jake has laryngeal paralysis–these days recategorized as geriatric onset laryngeal paralysis polyneuropathy (GOLPP). It was thought that laryngeal paralysis was just that–paralysis of the voice box (larynx). The larynx is the organ that controls the airflow…

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What Would You Do if It Was Your Dog: Allie’s Muscle Wasting

What Would You Do if It Was Your Dog: Allie’s Muscle Wasting

Allie MalteseSeniorspayed female Allie was as sweet as a Maltese can be. A beautiful, loving little girl. On the surface, Allie seemed perfectly fine. Her appetite was good, she wasn’t losing weight. While her weight remained stable, Allie kept wasting before her mom’s eyes. Allie was losing muscle mass and she was losing hair. When Allie was brought to see…

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Symptoms: Recognition, Acknowledgement, And Denial

Symptoms: Recognition, Acknowledgement, And Denial

a symptom n. an abnormality caused by a disease that is observable in a sick animal. ~Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet-speak Deciphered for the Non-veterinarian The above definition points out two important things. A symptom is an abnormality, and it can be observed. Note: Technically–as it was pointed out to me by my book editor–the more accurate term is signs,…

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Phoenix’s Lethargy and Loss of Appetite

Phoenix’s Lethargy and Loss of Appetite

How seriously do you take your dog’s loss of appetite and lethargy? How does it fit with your dog’s normal? How does it fit in the big picture? Would your point of view on the same set of symptoms change if your dog was a middle-aged intact female who just recently finished her heat cycle? What difference does that make?…

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Have You Heard about Kinesiology/Physio Taping for Dogs?

Have You Heard about Kinesiology/Physio Taping for Dogs?

I came across the term of kinesiology taping once–there isn’t much talk about it. Is it a new technique, a well-kept secret, or something not worth mentioning? When I first read about physio taping for dogs, it didn’t strike my curiosity–I couldn’t say why not. I am always interested in alternative approaches and techniques. Perhaps it sounded kind of obscure.…

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Zaida’s Potty Accidents

Zaida’s Potty Accidents

A house-broken dog won’t start urinating in the house without a good reason. Any change in your dog’s behavior or habits is an essential piece of information. What are your dog’s urinary accidents telling you? Zaida is a perfectly well house-trained girl. When her parents found urine puddles in the kitchen, they were puzzled. They were trying to figure it…

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