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Treating Periodontal Disease in General Practice

The keys to treating and controlling periodontal disease in companion animals and humans are the same: removal and prevention of accumulated plaque. Bacterial plaque and its inflammatory byproducts are the instigating agents of periodontal disease in the form of gingivitis; however, the body’s individual response determines the progression of disease.

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Current Concepts in Periodontal Disease

Of the most common health problems of companion animals throughout their life, dental disease stands out as the number 1 concern. Sadly, many owners and veterinarians still misunderstand the significant effects of periodontal disease, believing them to be limited to bad breath and tooth loss. This lack of understanding, combined with improper or outdated diagnostic methods, can lead to delayed therapy at best and misdiagnosis at worst. Intervention by veterinarians and educated owners is the only solution to improving health and alleviating distress in these patients.

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Chronic Pancreatitis in Cats

Pancreatitis is common among cats, although its exact incidence is unknown. The disease can take several forms—acute, chronic, and acute on chronic (an episode of acute pancreatitis in a patient with chronic pancreatitis)—and differentiating among the forms clinically and making an antemortem diagnosis in cats remain challenging.

leptospirosis dog

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Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of Leptospirosis in Dogs

Leptospirosis is an emerging zoonotic disease found throughout most of the United States. Leptospirosis affects many organ systems and varies in severity; clinical signs range from none or mild and self-limiting to severe with acute kidney injury, hepatopathy, and/or vasculitis. Fortunately, the prognosis for most patients is favorable with appropriate medical care.

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Hypervitaminosis A in Reptiles

In reptiles, the clinical signs of hypervitaminosis A are typically manifested in the skin. Reptiles with chronic hypervitaminosis A require long-term support and wound management as well as routine check-ups.

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