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  • Hepatic Encephalopathy in Dogs and Cats Open link in new window
    5/3/2021
    It is a neurological condition that can occur in pets that already have liver disease
  • Hemangioma in Dogs and Cats Open link in new window
    4/28/2021
    Hemangiomas are a type of benign tumor of the blood vessels or skin
  • Leash Reactivity in Dogs Open link in new window
    4/28/2021
    Reactivity is a dog’s response to something in their environment is that triggered by anxiety, fear, or frustration. Though it is not limited to these behaviors, the dog may express their concerns by barking, growling, lunging, jumping up, and pulling. As much as reactivity can occur in different environments, it is commonly observed when a dog is restricted to being on leash. 
  • Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) Open link in new window
    4/27/2021
    Because of its ability to kill rapidly dividing cells, cyclophosphamide has been used most successfully in treating cancer and immune mediated disease.
  • Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada-Like Syndrome in Dogs Open link in new window
    4/27/2021
    True VKH syndrome is a human disease, well described for nearly a century. A similar disease in dogs has been described but since we do not know the relationship between the canine and human disease, we are hesitant to call the canine version VH syndrome as well. Until we know what is really going on in the dog, we will leave it at VK-H-LIKE syndrome or, more accurately, uveodermatologic syndrome.
  • Fludrocortisone Acetate (Florinef) Open link in new window
    4/21/2021
    There is really only one use for this medication: the treatment of hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's disease). In this disease, the adrenal gland is unable to produce hormones called mineralocorticoids. In the normal animal, these hormones are responsible for the balance of sodium and potassium and without these hormones a life-threatening circulatory shock ultimately results. Fludrocortisone acetate prevents this circulatory crisis.
  • Ringworm in Dogs and Cats Open link in new window
    4/20/2021
    Ringworm is not a worm at all but a fungal infection of the skin. It is contagious to humans, too. This FAQ provides answers.
  • Phenobarbital Open link in new window
    4/20/2021
    In dogs and cats, phenobarbital is probably the first choice for seizure suppression. It is effective, safe if used responsibly, and is one of the least expensive medications in all of veterinary practice.
  • Lymphoma in the Skin of Dogs Open link in new window
    4/20/2021
    There are three types of skin lymphoma: mycosis fungoides, Sézary, syndrome, and pagetoid reticulosis.
  • Soaking Hay to Remove Sugar for Horses Open link in new window
    4/19/2021
    Lots of folks soak hay for 30-60 minutes and that is likely not enough time, depending on the hay.

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