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Acral Lick Granulomas in Dogs

Acral Lick Granulomas in Dogs

Acral lick granulomas – which are also known as acral lick dermatitis – are skin lesions that are typically found on a dog’s lower limb or flank and are caused by excessive licking. Acral lick granulomas are reddened, thickened, scarred and irritated skin. The constant licking causes the wound to become infected with bacteria. What’s…

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Medicinal Mushrooms for Pets

Mushrooms are fascinating fungi. Think about it: certain mushrooms are the only straight, out of the ground fungi we and our companion pets can eat. Indeed, they are a member of only a handful of fungi like yeast that can be found in foods or are used to make foods such as cheese and bread. Mushrooms, though, are more…

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Diagnosing Atypical Cushing’s Disease/Syndrome in Dogs

    Background Canine hyperadrenocorticism (HAC; Cushing’s disease or syndrome) is a relatively common endocrinopathy in middle aged dogs, especially females. However, to confirm a suspected clinical diagnosis, adrenal function testing should be performed only in dogs with clinical and/or biochemical evidence of HAC, and not in dogs with non-adrenal related disease, as results are…

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Medicinally Active Native Plants: The use of cannabis for pets

Did you know that approximately 40% of the United States pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plants? Many rainforest and other native plants have potent and useful medicinal properties, and some are controversial, misunderstood or abused. Good examples are heroin, an illegal drug, and Vicodin, a commonly prescribed pain reliever. Both are derivatives of opium. Opium…

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Changes Sought to Rabies Vaccination Laws Based on Scientific Research

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) became the first national veterinary organization to support efforts by Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) to improve rabies testing with a modified screening test to determine if veterinary patients need to receive rabies booster vaccinations to maintain protective immunity. The AHVMA and its members have long expressed…

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Valley Fever and Dogs

On Monday, May 13, 2013, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition aired a very informative segment entitled, “Cases Of Mysterious Valley Fever Rise In American Southwest”. Valley Fever (aka San Joaquin Valley Fever and coccidioidomycosis) is spread by tiny spores that live in the soil and when they are disturbed, they can be inhaled into the…

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