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Vaccinating Dogs Against Lyme Disease: Two Points of View

The decision on whether to vaccinate dogs against Lyme disease remains an ongoing debate. Two veterinarians present differing viewpoints.

Despite availability of a consensus statement and up-to-date canine vaccination guidelines (see Lyme Disease Vaccination Guidelines), the decision whether or not to vaccinate dogs against Lyme disease remains an ongoing debate among many veterinary professionals.

Assessing Chronic Pain In Dogs

Finding precise, reliable, and accurate measures of chronic pain in animals is a difficult effort. However, much research has gone into developing measurement methods to evaluate chronic pain in dogs (and, more recently, cats); this article reviews the pain scales currently available.

  One thing clinicians and investigators can agree upon is that finding valid, precise, reliable, and accurate measures of chronic pain in animals is a very tall order indeed. However, the effort is important—if we are to effectively manage patients with chronic pain, we have to be able to assess it, which also allows us …

Parasite Protocols: Canine Protozoa

Recommendations from the Companion Animal Parasite Council Susan E. Little, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVM, and Emilio DeBess, DVM, MPVM This new column explores the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control of parasitic infections based on CAPC’s detailed recommendations. First up for discussion are canine protozoan parasites. The mission of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is …

My 6-Step Plan for Diagnosing & Managing the Pruritic Dog

Paul Bloom, DVM, Diplomate ACVD & ABVP (Canine & Feline Practice) Read Dr. Paul Bloom’s 6-step plan for tackling pruritus in your canine patients. This article includes a list of questions to ask the owner during the history and physical examination; tips on how the answers, as well as clinical signs and diagnostic results, help …

Clinical Approach to the Canine Red Eye

Elizabeth Barfield Laminack, DVM; Kathern Myrna, DVM, MS; and Phillip Anthony Moore, DVM, Diplomate ACVO The acute red eye is a common clinical challenge for general practitioners. Redness is the hallmark of ocular inflammation but a nonspecific sign related to a number of underlying diseases. Proper evaluation depends on effective and efficient diagnosis in order …

Canine Tooth Fracture

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC A picture is worth 1000 words, and the challenge is to determine what type of tooth fracture is shown in this article as well as the appropriate therapeutic action. Tooth fractures are very common in dogs. The most commonly fractured teeth are the canines and carnassials (maxillary fourth …

Dog as a Second Language: A Primer for Humans

While humans recognize overt happiness or fear in their canine companions, dogs use a more subtle language to communicate with other dogs and us. By watching, we can become more fluent in their rich vocabulary.

Taboo is a small, male Chihuahua mix, with an unknown background, recently adopted from a rescue group. His new owners are generally pleased with his behavior except for one thing: when Taboo is out in the fenced yard and called, he runs toward his owners but quickly slows to a walk, then stops. If they …

Canine Chronic Bronchitis

Canine Chronic Bronchitis: A Review and Update

Cough is a common clinical sign in dogs, and there are many possible causes. Identification and therapy of the specific cause is more likely to result in an amelioration of clinical signs than nonspecific supportive care.