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.
Osteoarthritis Staging Tool for Dogs Now Available
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of chronic pain in dogs. The COAST staging tool is expected to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of dogs with OA.
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 …
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Sepsis, Part 1: Recognition and Diagnosis
Animals with evidence of a widespread systemic inflammatory condition should never be ignored; the deleterious consequences of excessive inflammation may include organ injury and death. Recognition and diagnosis of these emergent patients is the focus of Part 1 of this article series.
Heartworm Diagnostics: What Do the Latest American Heartworm Society Canine Guidelines Tell Us?
Wallace E. Graham, DVM 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 related to heartworm research and findings in veterinary medicine. Standards of practice in …
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approach: Dogs Infected with Bordetella bronchiseptica and Canine Influenza Virus (H3N8)
Severe cases of kennel cough are highly contagious and can result in life-threatening respiratory compromise. This article provides detailed discussion, from risk factors to treatment of this disease complex, including managing critically ill dogs.
The Practitioner’s Acid–Base Primer: Differential Diagnoses & Treatment
Lori S. Waddell, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC The first article of this 2-part series, Obtaining & Interpreting Blood Gases (May/June 2013), addressed techniques for obtaining blood gases and interpretation; this article further investigates metabolic and respiratory disturbances, including therapeutic measures for both. This article is the second in the 2-part series: The Practitioner’s Acid–Base Primer. The …
Lymphoma in Ferrets: A Diagnostic Challenge
Natalie Antinoff, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Ferret lymphosarcoma can occur anywhere in the body and clinical presentation and diagnostic results may vary, leading to incorrect diagnosis. A detailed review of the diagnostic approach to this common ferret disease is presented as well as the current challenges with regard to staging and grading for treatment …
Cytology of Neoplasia: An Essential Component of Diagnosis
Anne Barger, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVP Cytology is a quick, easy, and inexpensive diagnostic tool. It is commonly used for the diagnosis of neoplastic processes. Cytology has several benefits: The risks of fine-needle aspiration are minimal Anesthesia or sedation is often not required Aspirated tissue does not require any processing—results can be obtained more quickly …