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News: JoAnna Lou
A Lucky Pup Gets Four New Legs [Video]
New prosthetics give dogs a normal life
Dogs are amazing creatures who are able to live in the moment and adapt to anything that comes their way. I've met dogs missing one or two legs who barely seem to notice that they are different from the other pups. We definitely have a lot to learn from the canine mindset! Recently a Red Heeler named Naki'o became the first dog to be fitted with a complete set of bionic legs. The prosthetics...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Pain Patches
What are they and when are they used?
For dogs with short or long-term pain, pain patches can provide a real benefit, including avoiding the need to repeatedly give medication to a reluctant patient! The patch was developed for humans and delivers fentanyl, a narcotic or morphine-like drug. Veterinarians prescribe these patches as an “extralabel” pain medication. This means that the patch can be used safely by the veterinary...
Wellness: Health Care
Unforeseen Outcome
Observation, touch and intuition make up a diagnostic trifecta
Ordinarily, I’ll take serendipity over failure to make a difficult diagnosis every time. The trouble is, in my world, not every diagnosis is desirable, and serendipitous isn’t always the same as positive. I’ll call him Murphy: a rambunctious two-year-old Golden Retriever who bounced into my examination room, all billowing feathers, Hollywood smile and a nose searching for a friendly hand. “So...
News: JoAnna Lou
Studying Kids and Pet Allergies
Exposure to dogs can be beneficial for developing immune systems
I don’t currently have kids, but one of my fears is that my future children may become allergic to my dogs. Fortunately, a new study found that having pets in the house could potentially lessen the risk of developing allergies. The study, led by Ganesa Wegienka, MS, PhD, of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Henry Ford Hospital, set out to answer one of the most popular questions...
Wellness: Health Care
Vet Advice: Dry Eye
Diagnosing and dealing with a common canine ailment
Burwell, Vet Advice for Dry Eye
My first patient of the day is a soft, five-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Chelsea. She peers suspiciously at me through half-open eyelids as her family describes the goopy eye discharge that goes away with topical medication but recurs as soon as treatment is discontinued.Chelsea’s not interested in playing ball as much as before, and spends most of her time curled up in her bed...
News: Karen B. London
Retirement Funds for Pet Care
IRS denies request
Tank was diagnosed with cancer. When his guardian, Victor Mills, attempted to withdraw money from his retirement plan to pay for treatment, the request was denied. Withdrawals for certain types of emergencies are allowed, but the American Bulldog’s cancer was not considered a qualified “unforeseeable emergency.” Mills says he told his plan administrator that it made no sense that he could...
Wellness: Health Care
Should you treat your dog with stem cell therapy?
Second Opinion
Imagine yourself in a veterinary surgeon’s examination room, bracing for the details of wound care, pain management and an exhaustive (and alarming) list of potential post-operative complications, when the doctor surprises you with an announcement: “With luck, we can avoid surgery altogether.” Can this be true? Did you and your dog show up at the wrong appointment? Most of us who wield a...
News: Guest Posts
Controversial Suit Over Heartgard Plus
Whistleblower questioned product claims, fired
In response to a 2009 class action lawsuit against Merial, Ltd., over the effectiveness of its popular heartworm preventative, Heartgard Plus, Kari Blaho-Owens, Ph.D., claims her employer asked her to destroy a document pertaining to the lawsuit and to stop analysis of data from an internal investigation that she suspected was inaccurate. In her own lawsuit against Merial, Blaho-Owens says...
News: Karen B. London
Causes of Death Vary by Breed
What’s your dog’s risk?
Most dog guardians have some idea what to look for in terms of health issues based on the breed of their dog. Those who have Pugs and Bulldogs know that respiratory problems may crop up, while those with Dachshunds and Bassett Hounds are aware that their dogs are more likely than many other breeds to have back issues. A recent study of almost 75,000 dogs over a period of 20 years delved deeper...
Wellness: Health Care
Should a Dog Get a Gastropexy to Prevent Bloat?
A Vet's Perspective
Part of the appeal of veterinary surgery is the reward of achieving a “before and after” moment for a sick animal. It might be the Dachshund with intervertebral disk disease transformed from dragging a paralyzed hind-end to being able to trot over to greet me. Or the Labrador with laryngeal paralysis who is no longer desperate for air and able to breathe comfortably on a hot summer day....

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