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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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Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis in Dogs

Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis (IMPA) is a relatively easy disease to understand, but what causes it can be confusing and affects the selection of treatment options. What is IMPA? Immune-mediated (aka autoimmune) conditions occur when the immune system is overactive and attacks the body in various ways. Hyperactive may be a more appropriate term because one part…

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Cancer Immunotherapy for Dogs

In my article about allergen-specific immunotherapies, I talked whereby the goal is for the body to reach a higher level of tolerance to an offending environmental agent such as pollen. On the other side, cancer immunotherapies are more about destroying. Immuno-oncology research has focused around training the body to find and fight cancer cells or…

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Hairballs: Chronic Conditions and Prevention

Pet caregivers seem to have become accustomed to thinking that hairballs are the status quo for cats. It is true that many cats spend several hours per day grooming themselves and that can lead to a build-up of indigestible keratin (the insoluble protein in hair).  Veterinarians may only become concerned when the situation is a…

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Purebred Vs. Mixed Breed Dog Health

In June 2013, the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association published a study called “Prevalence of inherited disorders among mixed-breed and purebred dogs: 27,254 cases (1995–2010)” that was compiled by The University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UC Davis). The researchers searched all of UC Davis’ medical records for confirmed diagnoses of inheritable diseases…

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Thanksgiving Tips for Pets

With the Thanksgiving hustle and bustle just a few days away, I wish you a healthy and happy time with friends and family. The last thing you need is to stress over your pet and the bounty of food around, so I thought providing a few general tips and reminders would be useful. Friends &…

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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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