chemistry profile

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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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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Proteins on the Chemistry Profile

In performing a Chemistry Profile, a group of results relates to the proteins in the bloodstream. First is “total protein.” This result has significance because the total amount of protein of all kinds in the bloodstream is important in the regulatory processes of a number of functions. One is controlling the balance of fluid movement […]

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Prevent Holiday Gastrointestinal Illness In Dogs And Cats

Thanksgiving Day is rapidly approaching. Thursday night, Friday and through the holiday weekend veterinarians will be treating cases of acute gastrointestinal (GI) inflammation and pancreatitis all over the country. Indeed, all over the world in areas where Thanksgiving is celebrated. Why? Because pet owners will be feeding leftover people food to them, thinking it is […]

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Preparing Your Pet For Laboratory Tests

Preparing your pet for laboratory testing varies according to the type of test being performed. The two most-commonly performed tests, fecal flotation and heartworm test require no preparation at all. However, to save your pet from the discomfort of staff having to obtain a stool specimen with a rectal probe, bring in about a tablespoon […]

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Seizures In Dogs And Cats

Seizures In Dogs And Cats

One of the most terrifying maladies a pet owner can face with his four-legged friend is a seizure. Even the mildest forms, in which a pet simply stares off into space disconnected from the world, can be terrifying. When seizures reach the most dramatic stage, the grand mal seizure, the helpless onlooker is terrified. Let’s […]

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Heartworms Are Treatable Even In Old Dogs

A diagnosis of heartworms is not a death sentence, even in a somewhat older dog. Precious “Sweetie” came to see us this week, her first doctor’s visit in her 8-year lifespan. Not surprisingly, having never been on a heartworm preventive and living in a swamp-surrounded, mosquito-laden area of a southern state, her test came back […]

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Debridement Of Canine And Feline Corneal Ulcers

This is Sara. Well, more specifically, this is Sara’s right eye. Sara’s first visit with this eye problem was about a week ago, and she presented with a history of squinting and protecting the eye. We examined Sara thoroughly, and found no other physical problems on the body, so we turned our focus to the […]

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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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