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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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Skin Mites, Mange and the Immunity of Dogs and Cats

One afternoon, Roberta and her dog, Robert, met Samantha and her dog, Samson. During doggie greeting time, Samantha casually mentions that Samson has mange. Roberta reacts quickly by pulling Robert away from Samson. Samantha leaps into defensive mother loving mode and starts hugging Samson. Roberta is in shock. What Roberta does not realize is that Samson has demodectic mange,…

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Treating “Fading Puppy Syndrome” or Orphaned Pups with Fresh-Frozen Plasma

  Recently, we have been discussing canine emergency care situations that require blood transfusions. Did you know that you can also give orphaned puppies fresh-frozen plasma (FFP)? Bulldog breeder, Sora Ngo, made a wonderful instruction video on how to tube feed puppies with fresh-frozen plasma, which she obtained from Hemopet. Hemopet offers 12 mL tubes…

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Know Your Bordetella Vaccine

Many boarding facilities and doggy daycares require your companion dog to have the Bordetella vaccine every six months or annually. This requirement may be due to laws (regional, local, or state), the facility’s insurance purposes, or the belief of those responsible. The shortened interval is because the duration of vaccinated immunity to Bordetella bronchiseptica lasts for only 6…

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Immune Disorders and Vaccines

In the immunology community, we often toss out words that may cause confusion or appear contradictory. So, I felt that a definitional reference guide applicable to humans, dogs, cats and horses (actually, all species) may be useful. Immune Competence Immunity covers a spectrum from underactive to overactive. Immune competent or immunocompetent is the term referring to the state…

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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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