ear infections

Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats

May 17, 2017

Yesterday I saw one of my favorite patients, a cute, red poodle named Charlie. As a baby, his bone marrow shut down for some unknown reason but ultimately recovered. Last summer and fall, he had a much more mundane problem: recurrent ear infections. Because of his chronic ear infections which would clear up with drops … Continue reading Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats

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What is Diarrhea?

May 3, 2017

At first glance, this may seem like a silly question because, well, doesn’t everyone know what diarrhea is? Au contraire. Among the pet families I see, the definition of diarrhea seems to be a bit “loose.” Doctor Definition I got out my 15 pound textbook of internal medicine to copy a scientific definition. Diarrhea is … Continue reading What is Diarrhea?

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Melanoma Monday for Dogs

April 26, 2017

May is a busy month, cancer-wise. May has been designated as Skin Cancer Awareness Month and, more specifically, the first Monday in May is Melanoma Monday. Skin cancer is much less common in pets than in people, in part because most pets avoid tanning booths and prefer not to sunbathe. But dogs do develop malignant … Continue reading Melanoma Monday for Dogs

Everyday Medicine: The Highs and Lows of Blood Sugar

April 19, 2017

Everyday Medicine is an intermittent series of blog posts highlighting tests, treatments and procedures commonly used at AMC. Some past examples of this type of blog post include “Vital Signs” or “Pulse Oximetry.” Today’s blog post will discuss blood glucose, colloquially referred to as blood sugar. A Delicate Sugar Balance The body’s main source of energy is … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: The Highs and Lows of Blood Sugar

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Get Your Dog a Heartworm Test This Spring

April 12, 2017

Here in the Northeastern United States, warmer weather means mosquitoes. The buzz around mosquitoes occurs because mosquitoes transmit heartworms. Dogs become infected with heartworms when an infected mosquito bites a dog. Heartworm larvae migrate through the skin homing in on the blood vessels of the lungs. Here the heartworms mature and reproduce, clogging pulmonary vessels … Continue reading Get Your Dog a Heartworm Test This Spring

Splenectomy in Dogs

March 29, 2017

A Facebook post on the Animal Medical Center’s wall congratulating Dutch for being the first dog to complete a clinical trial protocol for hemangiosarcoma at AMC generated this question: “Since Dutch had his spleen removed, does he need special vaccinations going forward?” Below is my rather long answer. The Spleen The spleen is a soft, … Continue reading Splenectomy in Dogs

Do Cats Faint?

March 22, 2017

We ascribe many human characteristics to our pets: the loyal dog and the cunning cat. Pets and people share many of the same diseases, such as leptospirosis and Lyme disease. But what about fainting? In Victorian times, women commonly “swooned” when receiving shocking news or viewing a grotesque injury. Cats could make us swoon by depositing a … Continue reading Do Cats Faint?

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Pet Poisoning in the News

March 15, 2017

March 19-25 is National Poison Prevention Week, sponsored by the Poisoning Prevention Council. The Council seeks to educate Americans about the risks of unintentional poisoning. I think this week is a good time to remind pet families of potential hazards in the home and to help pet families protect their favorite fur baby against unintentional … Continue reading Pet Poisoning in the News