Category: General Health

Revisiting Spaying and Neutering Dogs & Cats

Overview The subject of whether and when to spay or neuter our dog and cat companions is decades old, and the dilemma and controversy has not subsided despite intensive medical, scientific and social study. The list of just some of the relevant references at the end of this article attests to the breadth and scope…

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Curcumin: Why it is the spiciest topic these days

Curcumin is a phytochemical (also known as phytonutrient) which is present in turmeric, a plant that is a member of the ginger family, originated in Southeast Asia and commonly used in curry. The word “phytochemical” is an umbrella term (meaning chemicals from plants) that encompasses several classes or subcategories such as polyphenols and allyl sulfides…

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Immune-Mediated Hematologic Disease and Bone Marrow Failure

For causes, symptoms and diagnosis, please visit Part 1 of this series, “Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia and Companion Animals.” Background Immune-mediated hematologic disease is being reported with increasing frequency in animals and humans. In the dog, this syndrome is often associated with bone marrow failure. Affected animals usually have one or more of the following signs: autoagglutinating…

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Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia and Companion Animals

Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) or Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA) is a devastating condition that requires emergency care and possibly hospitalization. Mortality rates are difficult to determine but are estimated at 28%-70%. This blog post is meant to not only bring awareness to IMHA, but also to remind you to prepare for such a crisis with…

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Understanding Your Pet’s Blood, Tissue & Urine Laboratory Results

Blood and urine tests help determine causes of illness accurately, safely, and quickly allow us to monitor the progress of case management and medical treatments. This guide can help you understand your pet’s laboratory diagnostic test results. Proper communication with your veterinarian is essential regarding interpretation of any lab results. Normal reference laboratory ranges are…

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Animal Wellness Examinations and Health Screening Profiles

Background Laboratory diagnostic tests play an important role along with a thorough physical examination and patient history in the overall evaluation of both human and animal patients. For more than 60 years, human healthcare has benefited from detecting various chronic diseases before clinical symptoms appeared. Numerous clinical studies have identified the most useful diagnostic parameters…

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Bones

While a level of caution is necessary regarding bones, several reports have overstated the issue by saying that all recreational bones are bad for dogs. I agree that pieces of bones can chip off when chewed, can also chip a dog’s tooth…..as well as causing choking if lodged sideways. The benefits, though, are tooth cleaning,…

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