Clinical Medicine

canine lung cancer

Dogs With Lung Cancer Might Benefit From Treatment With Human Breast Cancer Drug

Like many women who develop a particular type of breast cancer, the same gene — HER2 — also appears to be the cause of lung cancer in many dogs. Researchers found that neratinib — a drug that has successfully been used to battle human breast cancer — might also work for many of the nearly 40,000 dogs in the US that annually develop the most common type of canine lung cancer, known as CPAC.

pets and accidental ingestion of marijuana

What Do Veterinarians Need to Know About Pets and Pot?

Veterinarians should be prepared to treat pets that have ingested marijuana as more states move to legalize or decriminalize marijuana use. They should also be prepared for questions about the therapeutic benefits of CBD and cannabis.

Essentials

Roundworms in Dogs

Our 3-part series examines how to treat and prevent transmission of roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. In Part 1, the author discusses roundworms, including the life cycle of these parasites (they look like strands of cooked spaghetti, live in the dog‘s intestines, and pretty much just swim in the dog‘s partially digested food) and how to prevent their transmission.

Clinical Insights

Grapiprant for Control of Osteoarthritis Pain in Dogs

For centuries, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been used for pain control. However, their use has been associated with potentially life-threatening adverse drug events. Grapiprant is a novel drug for treatment of osteoarthritic pain in dogs. Approved in 2016, it is a non-cyclooxygenase (COX)-inhibiting NSAID.

Features

Diagnosing and Managing Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is a general term used to describe conditions affecting the bladder or urethra of cats; it is not a syndrome or specific diagnosis. It has been reported that between 4.5% and 8% of cats presenting to veterinary practices or teaching hospitals have FLUTD.

Features

Canine Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis: Meeting the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges

Immune-mediated polyarthritis (IMPA) is an important condition to recognize in dogs. Treatment of IMPA is significantly different than treatment of many other conditions that may present with similar clinical signs, and protocols may vary between patients. Therefore, making an accurate diagnosis is critical. This article identifies some of the key considerations for establishing the diagnosis and making appropriate treatment plans for dogs with IMPA.

trap-neuter-release for feral cats

Study: Sterilization Is Best for Controlling Feral Cats

“Sadly, many communities still opt to do nothing to control populations of community cats or use outdated, ineffective methods — such as sporadic trapping and removal,” says one of the study’s coauthors. “This research confirms high-intensity TNR is the most effective, humane way to stabilize a population of community cats and, over time, reduce them.”

Essentials

Nutrition and Diabetes Mellitus

An essential part of therapy for diabetes mellitus (DM) is nutrition, which can greatly affect the way dogs and cats with diabetes live. For dogs with DM, it is more important that they eat regularly than be strictly limited to certain foods. For cats with DM, diet is much more important and can significantly affect DM control. After the initial diagnosis, consider all the factors before prescribing a diet regimen.

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