Convenia

Tentative Or Working Diagnosis

Every once in a while we see a patient who is simply hard to work with. Notice I said “patient,” as opposed to “client.” While we do sometimes see people (clients) who are difficult, it’s pretty rare. Between dogs and cats it is more common to see a hard-to-handle cat than a dog, simply because […]

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Dental Care Can Be Complicated

When we first met Richie he had one tooth that we knew was bad and several that were covered in calculus. “Covered in calculus” turned out to be a key phrase because there was gum disease and tooth damage we couldn’t see under the calculus that covered the adjacent tooth. In the second picture you see […]

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Atopy Or Atopic Dermatitis In Dogs

Atopy Or Atopic Dermatitis In Dogs

Atopy, Atopic Dermatitis, (previously also called Allergic Inhalant Dermatitis) is a condition affecting 10% of dogs. Atopy is very much like hayfever in people. Both species inhale pollen, dust, molds, house dust mites or other allergens, then have an allergic reaction. The difference is what dermatologists call the “shock organ,” or reactive part of the […]

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Doctors’ Extra-Label Use Of Medication

Today’s post is a followup to a previous post you may also wish to read, on Workups Of Dog Urinary Tract Infections. Reader Meghan writes: My 15lb female non-spayed Westie/Pomeranian mix had a UTI in April. She was treated with an injection and then given 2 weeks of oral Rx. The UTI went away about 10 […]

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Workups Of Dog Urinary Tract Infections

Reader Meghan writes: My 15lb female non-spayed Westie/Pomeranian mix had a UTI in April. She was treated with an injection and then given 2 weeks of oral Rx. The UTI went away about 10 days after the medicine was finished. However, she now has a UTI again. This time, the veterinarian gave her Convenia. I’m noticing […]

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Dissolving Urinary Tract Stones With Diet In Dogs And Cats

Urinary bladder stones in dogs and cats can present substantial challenges to a veterinarian. The most common problem occurs when we see a patient with recurrent urinary tract infections that seem to clear up, then relapse. Further investigation often uncovers bladder stones, also known as calculi (the singular is calculus), we can’t palpate (feel). Then […]

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Juvenile Pyoderma In Puppies

Juvenile pyoderma, known colloquially as puppy pyoderma, is a condition of young dogs characterized by pustules of infection, most notably on the hairless surface of the lower abdomen. Cousin Ian helps out on Remington’s visit. Pyoderma: the Latin prefix “pyo” means “pus,” and “derma” refers to the skin. Cute little Remington, who goes by “Remi” […]

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Treatment Of Cuterebra Larva Infestation In Cats And Dogs

 Cuterebra.  Pronounce it CUTE-uh-REE-bruh. They are anything but cute. Cuterebra is a bee-like fly which lays her eggs in places where target mammals will come in contact with them. Such locations as the orifices of bird and squirrel nests, burrows and animal paths are favorites. Eggs may be laid on stones or vegetation. The fly’s […]

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Neither Age Nor Kidney Failure A Factor In Anesthesia

“Dr. Randolph, is she just too old to have surgery?” Thirty years ago this client’s statement would have applied to any pet over six years of age. Twenty years ago that age limitation might have been set at age ten. For the last ten years age, alone, is not a consideration for which patients we […]

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