Whipworms in Dogs
In this last article of our 3-part “unholy trinity” series, we will discuss whipworms. Although whipworms receive the least “respect” of the common gastrointestinal nematodes of dogs, there is a very good chance that you will diagnose them.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Ocular Proptosis
Proptosis, or traumatic forward displacement of the globe out of the orbit, is a serious ocular emergency that requires immediate attention to minimize discomfort and damage to the eye.
Diagnosing Acute Pancreatitis in Dogs
Pancreatitis causes significant illness in dogs and is considered to be the most common disease of the exocrine pancreas. The diagnosis of acute pancreatitis can be difficult because clinical signs and results of diagnostic testing are often nonspecific. This article addresses the diagnostic approach to patients with signs suggestive of pancreatitis.
Diving In: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Veterinary Medicine
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the therapeutic administration of oxygen administered at a pressure that exceeds that at sea level.This article provides a brief overview of the mechanism of action, veterinary applications and evidence, and general treatment mechanics associated with HBOT administration.
Oral Cyclosporine Use in Dogs
Cyclosporine is a potent immunosuppressive agent that has treatment applications in both veterinary and human medicine. Oral cyclosporine is currently being used to treat a spectrum of inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases in dogs, including but not limited to atopic dermatitis, autoimmune skin disorders, perianal fistula, inflammatory bowel disease, granulomatous meningoencephalitis, and immune-mediated blood disorders.
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 This lack of understanding, combined with improper or outdated diagnostic methods, can lead to delayed therapy at best and misdiagnosis at worst.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.
Effects of Diets, Treats, and Additives on Periodontal Disease
The gold standard for preventing periodontal disease is professionally cleaned teeth, but there are some foods, treats, and additives that can help reduce plaque and calculus buildup.
Tooth Extraction Complications in Dogs and Cats
One of the most commonly performed oral surgery procedures in general practice is exodontia, or tooth extraction.Completing extractions in a consistent, orderly manner will decrease the incidence of complications.
Hookworms in Dogs
Hookworms is the common name for a group of strongylid parasites that affect dogs and live in the small intestine. Although there are several species, this article will focus on Ancylostoma caninum. As with other parasites, if we understand their life cycle, we can better treat and prevent their transmission.