November 24, 2011 • 12:10 am
A low-dose ivermectin therapy in dogs with no sensitivity to the drug, in combination with the antibiotic doxycycline, can be an extremely effective, inexpensive option for treating heartworm infection.
It was recently discovered that another organism called Wolbachia lives inside heartworms. Doxycycline, a member of the tetracycline antibiotic group, kills Wolbachia. It also simultaneously weakens the heartworms and sterilizes them so they cannot reproduce.
Read more at Mercola: Heartworm Drug Shortage Prompts Use of Cheaper, Safer Therapy
Filed under: Heartworm
November 22, 2011 • 4:29 am
Idexx Reference Laboratories introduced a new canine distemper virus test today that can differentiate infected dogs from those vaccinated for the disease.
The test est measures the quantitative load of virus in a canine to determine whether the animal has been recently vaccinated for CDV or is infected with the virus.
Read more at Veterinary Practice News: Idexx Launches New Canine Distemper Test
Filed under: Distemper, Distemper Test
November 19, 2011 • 9:59 pm
This article has quite exhaustive information about fleas.
Read more at CAPC: Current Advice on Parasite Control: Ectoparasites/Fleas
Filed under: Ectoparasites, Fleas
November 16, 2011 • 4:11 am
Gray coloration to your dog’s pupils? While cataracts are certainly a possibility, it is quite likely that you’re dealing with lenticular (or nuclear) sclerosis instead.
Read more at FullyVetted: Is it a Cataract or Lenticular Sclerosis?
Filed under: Cataract, Eye disorders, Lenticular Sclerosis
November 13, 2011 • 11:51 pm
It’s unfortunately true that a growing body of research is pointing to early sterilization as the common denominator for development of several debilitating and life-threatening canine diseases.
Some studies show that premature spay/neuter increases the risk of the following diseases:
- cardiac tumors, hemangiosarcoma (HAS)
- bone cancer
- prostate cancer
- abnormal bone growth and development
- ACL ruptures
- hip dysplasia
- and other
Read full article at Mercola.com: Don’t Neuter Your Dog YET – Read This Life-Saving Information First!
Filed under: Spay/neuter
November 11, 2011 • 5:52 am
Many of the symptoms of the disease are the same for both people and dogs. Unfortunately, many Bartonellosis symptoms are also seen in a wide variety of more common and better understood diseases.
- Severe pain
- Acne on the upper face and forehead
- Folliculitis on the upper arms
- Red stretch marks
Read more at Mercola.com: Bartonellosis: An Emerging Disease You Should Know About
Filed under: Bartonella infection, Bartonellosis
November 6, 2011 • 7:54 pm
Tracheal collapse is a chronic, progressive disease of the trachea, or windpipe.
The trachea is a flexible tube and, similar to a vacuum cleaner hose, it has small rings of cartilage that help keep the airway open when the dog is breathing, moving, or coughing. The rings of cartilage are C-shaped, with the open part of the C facing upward. Between the two ends of the C is a long band of tissue- the dorsal membrane- that runs the length of the airway. In some dogs, the C-shaped cartilage becomes weak and begins to flatten out.
Read more about diagnosis and treatment at The American College of Veterinary Surgeons: Tracheal Collapse
Filed under: Tracheal collapse
November 6, 2011 • 3:34 am
A bump under or on the skin can be insignificant, life-threatening, or anything in between.
A lump on the skin surface could be a benign tumour, a malignant cancer, a wart, a tick, a polyp or even a cyst. A swelling under the skin might be a malignant growth, but it could also be an abscess or a benign mass (such as a fatty tumour).
Read more at Dogs in Canada: Lumps and bumps
Filed under: Lumps, Skin diseases, Tumors
November 4, 2011 • 10:31 pm
Special consideration is required to design a plan for administering anesthesia during short-duration procedures (<15 minutes). As with any anesthetic event, the patient should be evaluated to determine whether anesthesia is appropriate.
- Propofol +/- Sedative +/- Analgesia
- Dexmedetomidine & Ketamine +/- Opioid
Read more at Clinician’s Brief: Anesthetic Options for Short-Duration Procedures
Filed under: Anesthesia
November 4, 2011 • 10:18 pm
A novel new study at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) is investigating the impact of intra-arterial injection of adipose derived stem cells on chronic kidney disease in cats and protein-losing nephropathy in dogs.
The canine study will look at protein-losing nephropathy (glomerulonephritis).
Read more at dvm360: AMC stem cell study to investigate intra-arterial injection for kidney disease
Filed under: Kidney disease, Stem cell therapy