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Diagnosis Of Growths Requires Pathologist Input

Diagnosis Of Growths Requires Pathologist Input

Regular readers will recall our Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine junior class story in which our Pathology professor gave us quite a fright by hitting us with a pop quiz on the very first day of class. No notice. No reading assignment. No preparation. (Click here to read the story.) The gist of his […]

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Feline Oropharyngeal Inflammation

Feline Oropharyngeal Inflammation

In the practice of medicine, names change constantly.  Diseases, body parts, organisms.  Usually it is a result of new information research has made available. Such is the case with Feline Oropharyngeal Inflammation, which takes the place of Feline Stomatitis, Gingivostomatitis, Plasma Cell Gingivitis, Faucitis and Pharyngitis. There are even subcategories for use when specific areas […]

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Cryptorchidism In Dogs And Cats

Cryptorchidism In Dogs And Cats

Cryptorchidism occurs when testicles fail to enter the scrotum and instead are retained in the abdomen. Equivalent terms are “retained testicle(s)” and “undescended testicle(s).” Crypto, from the Greek kryptos, means “hidden.” The Greek word orkhis means “testicle.” In mammalian embryos (people, dogs, cats, cattle, horses, etc.), gonads of both genders begin life immediately below each kidney. […]

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Fine Needle Aspirate Technique In Veterinary Practice

Fine needle aspirate (FNA) is a procedure akin to biopsy. It is a form of cytology. It is a relatively non-invasive, nearly painless way to have a look into a mass in an effort to determine the character of the mass. Notice that we said “in an effort.” FNA is not foolproof. There are several […]

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Local Anesthesia For Dog And Cat Growth Removal

Sheri writes: My cat has a cyst just under his left ear. It started out as a lump, and has grown to be a dangling sac. I want this thing gone. The veterinarian says it’s fine to stay, and the issue is that he can’t be put under because of his heart murmur. Is the […]

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What Kind Of Tumor Is It?

“What kind of tumor is it, Doctor?” This common question is difficult, often even impossible, to answer prior to testing. A “pre-test” administered by our pathology professor, Dr. Groth proved that merely looking at mass on a patient will rarely give us an accurate answer. Neither will a look at the mass after surgical removal. […]

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My Heroes In Veterinary Medicine 4

Dr. Ralph Henderson, Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was an inspiration to me from the first time I met him. With Dr. Henderson, everything had to be just so, just right, exact. As it was with Dr. Johnson. As it was with Dr. Huddleston. Are you seeing a […]

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Canine Mastitis

Canine mastitis is an infrequent clinical presentation for veterinarians. Most cases present during the time of milk production after puppies’ birth. Cases may also occur when pseudopregnancy occurs in dogs. Of special interest to our patient today is the fact that Great Danes are overrepresented in cases of canine mammary duct ectasia.  Some researchers believe that […]

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