Oct
1
2018
Historically, reticulocyte counts were only considered on patients where anemia was suspected, as they assist in classifying the anemia as regenerative or nonregenerative. However, recent data suggests that the benefits of running reticulocytes are much broader because they can provide advanced, critically important information on the health of all patients, regardless of the presence of anemia. ...more
Oct
1
2018
According to some estimates, one in five dogs (20%) experience joint issues in their lifetimes, resulting in pain and possible mobility challenges. The foundations for the disease begin when pets are young—even just a few months old and into young adulthood. The earliest signs of disease, however, often go unnoticed or are dismissed in younger pets. ...more
Sep
28
2018
Today is World Rabies Day, a global health observance started in 2007 to raise awareness about rabies prevention and control efforts worldwide. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that while the number of rabies-related human deaths in the US has declined considerably over the last century—with only 1 to 3 reported per year, and a total of 23 reported cases in the last decade—it’s a much bigger problem in the rest of the world. ...more
Sep
27
2018
This week: Scotland Yard doesn’t get its man in the notorious case of the Croydon cat killer, veterinary students at Ohio State get to practice on patients who feel no pain, and if you applied for that viral job ad as a cat caretaker on a Greek island, you’re out of luck. ...more
Sep
26
2018
Researchers at a Canadian university used 3D printing technology to replace the majority of a dog’s cancer-ridden skull. The patient, a nine-year-old dachshund named Patches, had a tumor that had grown so large it was weighing down her head, growing into her skull, and pushing dangerously close to her brain and eye socket. The procedure is thought to be the first of its kind in North America....more
Sep
26
2018
People got sick because the puppies didn’t. Or, to put it another way, contact with puppies sold at some pet stores put people at risk of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. That’s the conclusion reached by scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a new report. ...more
Sep
25
2018
Compost piles in backyards are often tempting to pets. However, until composting materials have fully decomposed they can be toxic to pets who ingest the mixtures. Frank Davis and Laura Stern, DVM, share what to do when dealing with compost toxicity. ...more
Sep
20
2018
Many of you know I brought my border collie, Gus, to Connexity to help provide a little comfort to those who might be missing canine company while at the conference. He had lots of visitors at the show; many people came by the Book Nook to snuggle with him and pose for selfies, or they greeted him happily when he trotted down the hallways. On the first day of the conference, Jayme Motler, DVM, came over to the booth to see Gus....more
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