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Canine Cutaneous Lymphoma

Canine Cutaneous Lymphoma

Cutaneous lymphoma is another round cell tumor of dogs. While lymphoma is a common cancer in dogs, the cutaneous form is actually quite rare, accounting for only about five percent of all canine lymphoma cases. Two forms of canine cutaneous lymphoma exist: epitheliotropic and nonepitheliotropic. In humans the epitheliotropic form is also called mycosis fungoides […]

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Universal Blood Test

Universal Blood Test

As much as we would like to have a test that could be run on a single drop of blood, answer every medical question that could possibly arise, and cost less than ten dollars, we’re not there yet. Or, anywhere close. The most common panel of screening lab tests for general, overall health status includes: […]

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Hypercalcemia Of Malignancy

Hypercalcemia Of Malignancy

Recently we discussed primary hyperparathyroidism (click here to read that post) in dogs and its effect on calcium management in the bloodstream. However, hypercalcemia in dogs is more likely to occur in neoplasia (cancer) located in non-parathyroid sites in the body. It is then termed hypercalcemia of malignancy and/or pseudohyperparathyroidism. The three most common types […]

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Anal Sac Tumors

Anal Sac Tumors

Anal sac tumors are insidious. Buried in the tissue between the internal and external anal sphincters, they are often not detected until they are large. By then, they have often metastasized. For anal sac masses detected small, speed is essential, as these carcinomas spread early and aggressively. Primary tumors tend to grow slowly, so metastasis […]

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Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

Cancer. Whether human or animal it is one of the most dreaded diseases known. Dr. Rodney Page hopes to put a dent in cancer, at least in dog cancer. He is the lead investigator at the prestigious Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center (FACC), Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and […]

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Old Dogs Need Regular Doctor Visits

Old Dogs Need Regular Doctor Visits

“Dr. Randolph, I appreciate that you send me reminders for Daisy, but she’s an old dog and that’s why I don’t bring her in to the clinic any more.” This is actually a common sentiment, despite the poor logic. Think in terms of your elderly parents or grandparents. Read (click) here to understand just how […]

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Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Diseases And Treatments

Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Diseases And Treatments

In the August, 2012, edition of Today’s Veterinary Practice Dr. Claire R. Sharp, BSc, BVMS (Hons), MS, CMAVA, Diplomate ACVECC, Assistant professor and small animal medicine and critical care at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine,  published an incredibly comprehensive review of feline upper respiratory tract (URT) diseases.  While her article was intended for […]

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Second-Hand Smoke Is Bad For Your Pets, Too

Second-Hand Smoke Is Bad For Your Pets, Too

You know the dangers of smoking, chewing tobacco and dipping snuff. Did you know that tobacco is dangerous for your pet, too? The damage that second-hand smoke does to both pets and people is well-documented. Cats subjected to second-hand cigarette smoke are more than twice as likely to develop a cancer of the white blood […]

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Histiocytoma In Dogs

Histiocytoma is the term given to a type of benign growth of young dogs. Histiocytomas are in a category of tumors called “round cell tumors.” Round cell tumors can range from benign to highly malignant and include mast cell tumors, plasmacytomas, transmissible venereal tumors and lymphoma. One of the helpful features of round cell tumors […]

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