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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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Immune-Mediated Hematologic Disease and Bone Marrow Failure

For causes, symptoms and diagnosis, please visit Part 1 of this series, “Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia and Companion Animals.” Background Immune-mediated hematologic disease is being reported with increasing frequency in animals and humans. In the dog, this syndrome is often associated with bone marrow failure. Affected animals usually have one or more of the following signs: autoagglutinating…

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Dogs with Hypothyroidism and Cruciferous Vegetables

I am frequently asked about feeding green leafy vegetables to dogs – especially dogs with hypothyroidism. The concern is generally related to the goitrogenic properties in these foods. Goitrogen refers to a substance that may cause the thyroid gland to enlarge (like goiter) and may impede its ability to function properly. Cruciferous vegetables meet the…

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Essentials for Diagnosing Thyroid Disorders in Dogs #2

#2 Basal thyroid levels are NOT the same for dogs of varying ages and breed types · Puppies have higher basal thyroid levels than adults · Geriatrics have lower basal thyroid levels than adults · Large / giant breeds have lower basal thyroid levels · Sight hounds as a group have much lower basal thyroid…

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Essentials for Diagnosing Thyroid Disorders in Dogs #1

Total T4 alone is often misleading · Overdiagnoses hypothyroidism in the presence of non-thyroidal illness or use of certain drugs · Underdiagnoses hyperthyroidism in cats or from thyroxine overdosage · Inaccurately assesses adequacy of thyroxine therapy · Fails to detect autoimmune thyroiditis · Minimal testing is T4 + free T4, except thyroiditis will still not…

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Is kelp the cure-all for thyroid conditions in dogs?

Too often I encounter well-meaning pet caregivers that immediately supplement a dog’s diet with kelp (a rich source of iodine) based on assumptions of observed symptoms of thyroid dysfunction. Iodine is essential for the production of thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Diagnosing iodine deficiencies is tricky, though. In fact, iodine deficiency diagnoses are generally left…

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New Automated Technology Introduced to Hemopet Hemolife Diagnostics Division

Hemopet has just installed a state-of-the-art robotic immunoanalyser for use in its specialty laboratory diagnostics program. This instrument will enable the Hemolife Laboratory staff to perform the salivary-based Nutriscan food intolerance testing on dogs and cats, and the thyroglobulin autoantibody (TgAA) assay for the Thyroid Profile 5 and Thyroid Profile 5 PLUS. Other collaborative clinical…

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