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 makes a decision regarding a patient’s care not simply based on what is best for that patient but also taking into consideration a perceived need to cover his or her white-coated backside in…

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Tibetan Terrier Balance Issues: Winston Starts Staggering and Walking in Circles

Tibetan Terrier Balance Issues: Winston Starts Staggering and Walking in Circles

What do you do if your dog starts stumbling and walking in circles? Walking in circles alone can have various reasons—anxiety, pain, neurological issues or vestibular disease. Circling together with stumbling and eye movement narrows it down to an issue with the balance center. Winston’s story Winston was a senior Tibetan Terrier in generally good health. As Winston reached eighteen…

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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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