Veterinary Care Decisions: The Other Side Of The Coin – The Cost Of Defensive Medicine

Veterinary Care Decisions: The Other Side Of The Coin – The Cost Of Defensive Medicine

You may have heard the phrase “defensive medicine” used during the recent health care debate in the United States.  Defensive medicine describes the situation where a doctor decides a patient’s care not simply based on what is best for that patient but also considers a perceived need to cover his or her white-coated backside in case things don’t go well.…

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Bloody Vomit in a Dog: Susie’s Severe Stomach Upset

Bloody Vomit in a Dog: Susie’s Severe Stomach Upset

When your dog falls severely ill, foaming at their mouth and vomiting, it is an emergency. It becomes even more concerning when you see blood in your dog’s vomit. Many potential causes can lead to blood in your dog’s puke, such as: trauma heatstroke stomach ulcers inflammation within the GI tract infections poisoning clotting disorders liver failure Associated symptoms might…

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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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