Internal Medicine

History-Taking At The Veterinarian’s Office

History-Taking At The Veterinarian’s Office

I once accompanied my father to an emergency room visit for chest pain. I paid special attention to his answers to the staff’s questions so I could fill in if he left anything out. The first person to quiz him was a receptionist. He answered all of the questions patiently and correctly. After being escorted […]

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Old Cats Need Regular Doctor Visits

Old Cats Need Regular Doctor Visits

“Dr. Randolph, I appreciate that you send me reminders for Daisy, but she’s an old cat 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 here to understand just how appropriate […]

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Chocolate And Caffeine Toxicity In Dogs And Cats

Chocolate And Caffeine Toxicity In Dogs And Cats

Chocolate. To a chocoholic like me, there is no such thing as too much. For our pets, on the other hand, even a little can be too much. Caffeine, the magic substance that gets our day going in the morning, is concentrated in some food products. Its cousin, theobromine, is also present in chocolate. Caffeine […]

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CPR For Animals

CPR For Animals

Have you seen the new CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) techniques for people? If not, click here and watch an informative video. It is interesting to know that many of the parameters discussed in that video apply to CPR in animals. For example, one of the “new” recommendations calls for breathing assistance to be eliminated in the […]

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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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Hypothyroidism In Dogs

Hypothyroidism In Dogs

Hypothyroidismis a common endocrinopathy (hormone-related condition) of dogs. The word is believed to have been coined around the turn of the 20th century. Its Greek prefix, hypo- means “below,” the root is thyroid, referring to the glands in the neck that produce thyroid hormone, and ism means “a system of.” Sometimes changes such as lethargy […]

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Mitral Valve Heart Disease In Dogs

Mitral Valve Heart Disease In Dogs

Heart murmurs come in all sizes, sounds and locations. Because mammalian hearts have four chambers and four valves, it is possible to have a defect and thus a murmur in any of those four valves. In addition, heart murmurs occuring as congenital (present at birth) abnormalities such as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and Tetralogy of […]

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Hyperlipidemia In Dogs

Hyperlipidemia In Dogs

Hyperlipidemiais a common problem in dogs, an infrequent problem in cats. “Hyper” is a Greek prefix meaning over, above, beyond, to excess. “Lipid” refers to fats. It comes from the Greek word lipos, meaning fat or grease. Lipid was coined in 1923 by a Frenchman. “Emia” is a medical suffix indicating “condition of the blood,” […]

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Vaccinate for Canine Influenza

Vaccinate for Canine Influenza

  Canine influenza (CI), also known as dog flu, has now been laboratory-confirmed in 39 states. Keep in mind that doesn’t mean there have been no cases in the other 11 American states.  Rather, perhaps cases occurred, and either were categorized as some other upper respiratory tract infection, or CI was suspected but samples were not sent to […]

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