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Vaccine Issues & WSAVA Guidelines 2015-2017

Dr. Jean Dodds recently gave two invited lectures on vaccine issues and guidelines for veterinarians in Israel. She would like to thank BioGal Galed Laboratories and the Israel Veterinary Medical Association for the opportunity and the wonderful time! The following is a summary of the discussion. Update on Vaccine Issues & Guidelines (2015-2017) World Small…

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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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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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Is it Acid Reflux or Indigestion?

I remember 30 years ago we all used the word “indigestion” to refer to heartburn or stomach pain. With the advent of scientific research, we coined the phrase “acid reflux” and quickly people were using it interchangeably with “indigestion”. While the first line of treatment options for both conditions is the same – dietary or lifestyle changes, antacids or…

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Case Study on Endocrine Disorders

“Jade” T, a Portuguese Water Dog (PWD), first experienced health problems at 5 months of age. She had developed the atypical form of Addison’s disease, an inherited autoimmune disorder known to occur in this breed, and caused by progressive immunologic destruction of the adrenal glands. At the same time she experienced inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)…

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Dr. Schultz on Lyme Vaccine

It is not a scientifically based recommendation to suggest that all dogs in low-risk exposure states be vaccinated with Lyme Vaccine. There may be select areas in the state, “hot spots” where infection is very high and vaccination would be indicated, but dogs in most parts of the state would probably not receive benefit and…

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Avoid unnecessary vaccines with titer tests (Part III)

In my last two posts, I discussed the potential side-effects (vaccinosis) of over-vaccinating our pets, and the difference between MLV (modified live) and killed vaccines. I cautioned that dogs and cats with immune-mediated diseases are especially vulnerable to vaccinosis, since over-vaccination places additional stress on their already compromised immune systems and has been linked to…

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