Fetal Count Radiography In Dogs And Cats

Fetal Count Radiography In Dogs And Cats

Fetal Count Radiography is a commonly-performed procedure that allows both veterinarian and pet owner to know how many puppies or kittens are expected in a pregnancy, whether planned or accidental. The X-rays are usually taken late in a pregnancy, after bones in the offspring are sufficiently developed to easily show on the film’s image. The […]

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The Saga Of The 28-Hour Semester

The Saga Of The 28-Hour Semester

A couple of MyPetsDoctor.com readers expressed curiosity about an aspect of last week’s salute of Dr. Leon Turner: the 28-hour semester. Both expressed astonishment that it was possible. One took it as evidence of my dedication to the profession. Actually, it wasn’t quite as hard as it sounds. It was much more about being highly […]

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My Heroes In Veterinary Medicine

My Heroes In Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Leon Turner is in the spotlight of an ongoing series about people who have been heroes to me in veterinary medicine. I began the educational process toward being a veterinarian while I was still teaching microwave communications electronics in the United States Air Force, taking freshman courses offered by Jefferson Davis Junior College and […]

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Zinc Toxicosis In Pets

Zinc Toxicosis In Pets

Zinc. You can’t live without it. And, neither can your pets. Like so many things, though, more is not better. Overdosing on zinc can be fatal. Zinc is an essential metallic micronutrient, meaning our bodies’ requirement for it is extremely small. Zinc is a necessary element in more than 200 enzymes. SOURCES OF ZINC TOXICOSIS […]

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Skin Scraping In Veterinary Dermatology

Skin Scraping In Veterinary Dermatology

“Deeeeep and wide, Deeeeep and wide, there’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.” I never fail to think of that church song from my childhood when it’s time to perform a skin scraping on a patient. I have the late Dr. Matt Wiggins, our Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine dermatology professor to thank for […]

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Human AIDS Vaccine From A Cat Disease

Human AIDS Vaccine From A Cat Disease

Will cats provide the answer to a vaccine for HIV/AIDS? Janet Yamamoto, PhD, professor of retroviral immunology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, discovered FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) in 1986 when she was a researcher at the University of California, Davis. Her study was published in The Journal of Virology September, 2013. […]

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Acromegaly In Cats

Acromegaly In Cats

Acromegaly may be the cause of your diabetic cat having poorly-regulated blood sugar. Acromegaly is defined as an excess production of growth hormone. Growth hormone (GH) is one of many steroid hormones produced by the body. GH is synthesized in the pituitary gland, inside the brain. Acromegaly occurs when a functional, non-cancerous (benign) tumor in […]

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NO Hill’s Pet Nutrition Recall

NO Hill’s Pet Nutrition Recall

There is a rumor floating around that Hill’s Pet Nutrition Metabolic diet is the subject of a recall. I have spoken to Hill’s headquarters in Kansas, and they assure me that there is no recall. We were confident that there wasn’t, anyway, because, as an authorized Hill’s Pet Nutrition retailer, we would have been notified […]

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Coprophagy

Coprophagy

The eating of stool is called coprophagy. Gross to think that he might have kissed you after eating that, isn’t it? “Pica” is defined in Dorland’s Medical Dictionary as “a craving for unnatural articles of food; a depraved appetite as seen in hysteria, pregnancy and malnourished children.” Therefore, according to this medical definition, the old […]

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