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Top 10 Facts on Thyroid Disorders

1. All animals are not the same: young have higher thyroid levels old have lower levels small and toy dog breeds gave higher levels large and giant dog breeds have lower levels sighthound breeds have lower levels 2. Most common endocrine disorder of dogs 3. Most common endocrine disorder older cats after diabetes 4. Thyroid…

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Vestibular Dysfunctions in Dogs and Cats

Head tilt? Walking in circles? Your companion dog or cat is likely trying to regain his sense of balance or his spatial orientation is off. The cause is more than likely a vestibular dysfunction. Most often it is an inner ear infection, but several other diseases and conditions can cause vestibular problems. Classification The two…

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Laryngeal Paralysis in Dogs

Wheezing? Raspy? Rattling noise? Panting more heavily than usual? Loud panting? Pitch or volume changes to your dog’s bark? Oftentimes, we attribute these stridor and other sounds to old age, allergies, or heat. It could be one of these conditions. The problem is we may become accustomed to the slow progression of changes that actually…

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Managing Tracheal Collapse in Dogs

If you google “tracheal collapse vs. reverse sneezing in dogs”, you will see thousands of videos demonstrating the coughing difference between the two conditions. Truth be told, I only saw two videos that clearly distinguished the two – and I’m a vet! The problems are: both conditions can produce slightly different but similar coughing sounds;…

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The Tissue -Pathies of Hypothyroidism and the Controversy

Hypothyroidism can be an effect of, or impetus for, several secondary diseases and dysfunctions. Whether or not hypothyroidism is the singular cause or due to multiple factors depends on the dysfunction in question.  To complicate matters, not all hypothyroid patients develop these secondary diseases and most if not all of these conditions can occur without the presence of thyroid dysfunction.…

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Alopecia X in Dogs

Alopecia X is possibly one of the biggest mysteries in veterinary research medicine these days. We have an idea of what is going on, but continue to circle the wagons around the exact cause or causes.  In fact, I do not want to broach the numerous descriptive names, history of the research, or the current research being conducted,…

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The Use and Abuse of Probiotics

Yes; I love probiotics! My co-author, Diana Laverdure, and I consider them to be a functional superfood. As many of you know, probiotics are microorganisms, or “good” bacteria that provide beneficial effects to humans and animals, including preventing the overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut, improving gastrointestinal health, and delaying or preventing the onset of food sensitivities. Recent…

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