For the past several years, scientists at Mars Petcare have been working on developing predictive diagnostic tools using its vast repository of anonymized pet medical records and machine learning. RenalTech, which can predict chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats 2 years prior to the patient showing any signs or symptoms of the disease, is the first one to be released.
Uncovering the Cause of Fever in Cats
The normal body temperature range in cats is 38.1°C to 39.2°C (100.5°F–102.5°F). Fever of unknown origin (FUO) in cats is classified as a temperature higher than 39.7°C (103.5°F) measured at least 4 times in a 2-week period without an identified cause.
An Uncontrolled Diabetic Dog
Six months before presentation, Buster was presented to his primary veterinarian for polyuria, polydipsia, and weight loss. Physical examination and complete blood count (CBC) were unremarkable, while the serum biochemical profile demonstrated: mildly increased alkaline phosphatase (ALP)…
Uncovering the Cause of Fever in Dogs
When describing FUO in dogs, fever is usually defined as greater than 103.5°F to 104°F (39.7–40°C), with no duration of fever specified. In animals, the path to revealing the cause of persistent fever can be lengthy and expensive but, in most patients, an etiology can be eventually identified.
Weakness & Collapse in a Beagle
Ann Della Maggiore, DVM, and Richard Nelson, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM Blue, a 10-year-old spayed female beagle, presented to the University of California William Prichard Veterinary Teaching Hospital to be evaluated for a 4-month history of episodic weakness and collapse. HISTORY The owner noted that Blue was lethargic and experiencing short episodes of weakness and collapse. …
Early Diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs & Cats: Use of Serum Creatinine & Symmetric Dimethylarginine
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common cause of decreased quality of life as well as death in dogs and cats. The prevalence of CKD has been estimated to be 0.5% to 1% in dogs and 1% to 3% in cats,1,2 but it increases with age, especially in cats. An estimated 30% to 50% of cats 15 years of age or older have CKD.
Canine Caval Syndrome Series, Part 2: A Practical Approach to Diagnosing Caval Syndrome
Stephen L. Jones, DVM Lakeside Animal Hospital, Moncks Corner, South Carolina The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well as highlight current topics …
Canine Pituitary Dependent Hyperadrenocorticism Series, Part 2: Diagnostic Approach
Canine pituitary dependent hyperadrenocorticism (PDH), also known as Cushing’s disease, is a common endocrine disorder in older dogs. This disorder is caused by a pituitary adenoma (PA) that secretes inappropriate amounts of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which results in bilateral adrenal hyperplasia and disorderly and excessive production of cortisol by the adrenal gland.
Senior Cat with Front Paw Swelling & Pain
Stephanie Apple, DVM Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Sandra Diaz, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVD Ohio State University A 15-year-old castrated male domestic shorthair cat presented with a 2-month history of progressive lameness, swelling, and pain in its right front paw. HISTORY The patient was an indoor only cat. No other animals in the household were …