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Canine Eyes & Their Disorders
Keys to preserving your dog’s vision
No matter how large or small, how brave or fearful, how bold or gentle, your dog is at heart a hunter. Dogs descend from wolves, consummate predators of animals as large as bison, and their eyes reflect this ancestry, as well as thousands of years of breeding by humans. In fact, some eye problems in dogs are the result of breeding them for specific traits, such as a flat face.   How Dogs See...
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In the ER: Treating a Dog's Gunshot Wounds
Make My Day: What would you do?
Many emergency veterinarians enjoy the challenge of gunshot wound cases, especially when we have a good outcome. It’s not very often, however, that a dog comes into our ER in critical condition from a gunshot wound, and survives, and the dog’s owner ends up dead from the very same thing. That is exactly what happened on the afternoon of November 2, 2003. Mojo was a three-year old Miniature...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Saving at the Pharmacy
Pets are considered family with Walgreen’s Prescription Savings Club.
Recently I discovered that I could buy a generic version of Tapazole, my cat’s thyroid medication, through Walgreens’ Prescription Savings Club for a fraction of the branded version’s price.  Through their savings club, Walgreens offers 400 generic medications priced at $12 for a 90-day supply. Membership is open to all those in the United States and Puerto Rico who are not enrolled in a...
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Dogs Aren’t Little People
Remember, ibuprofen is OK for us, not for our dogs.
Last week my nephew called. He was dog-sitting our cousin's dog, Chester, and he was concerned about Chester’s stiff back legs. I suggested half an aspirin, and then I said, “Not Advil. That’s not good for dogs.” I said it. I felt it was true, but like a lot of do’s and dont’s, I couldn’t bet my life on it. Lucky for my nephew, Chester and yours truly, I remembered correctly, as this recent,...
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Listen To Your Dog
A non-doglover heeds Malti-Poo’s warning.
My editor sent me a story a few weeks back about a woman who says a dog saved her from a life-threatening brain injury. I added the story to my virtual "To Read" folder and only got to it yesterday, when it hit me like a ton of bricks. The short version: A nurse in Missouri was fighting off what she thought was a severe migraine headache when a colleague’s Maltese-Poodle mix (for whom she had no...
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Good News for Cavaliers
Top heart disease in dogs may not be an inevitable result of aging.
A discovery by a cardiac surgeon at Colorado State University refutes the accepted wisdom that mitral valve disease, the top heart disease in dogs, is an inevitable result of aging in pets. Dr. Chris Orton and his research team believe serotonin is driving the disease in dogs and humans. “Serotonin is made in the brain and in cells in the gut. We previously thought that those were the only...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Animal Health Is A Booming Business
Pharmaceutical companies vie for a piece of the growing animal health industry.
For years animal health was a mere afterthought to pharmaceutical companies. Now with slowing growth in the human health field, and the proliferation of generic drugs, these companies are looking to animal health to diversify. The sector’s predictable cash flow, high margins and brand loyalty have made animal health a much more stable business than human pharmaceuticals.  Merck and Pfizer’s...
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Spay/Neuter in Costa Rica
CSU students and veterinarians provide much-needed, free surgery.
The photos and the report are in from a January spay/neuter mission to Costa Rica. Early this year, 30 Colorado State University students helped spay and neuter more than 240 animals for free during a makeshift clinic in a school gymnasium in San Isidro.   “Students and veterinarians used baby cribs and school desks as surgery tables and soccer goalie boxes as IV carts. To reach the free clinic,...
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Thank Your Vet
Do you have the best veterinarian in the country?
I love my vet. She’s smart, approachable, kind and thorough. She never seems rushed, even when the waiting room is full, and she listens carefully to all our stories and nagging concerns. But most of all, I appreciate her hands-on talents with my vet-phobic dogs. You don’t have to be a certified behaviorist to recognize that Lulu and Renzo want to be anywhere but the examination room (tucked...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
First Canine Influenza Vaccine
U.S. Department of Agriculture approves protection against the contagious virus.
Lately the flu, specifically the swine variety, has been on everyone’s minds. While the H1N1 swine flu doesn’t pose much of a threat to our pets, there is a risk of contracting the H3N8 dog flu, a highly contagious respiratory illness. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it had approved the first vaccine for the canine influenza. The vaccine does not always prevent...

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