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Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

January 18, 2017

Recently, two of my patients needed testing for a possible diagnosis of Cushing’s disease, a.k.a. hyperadrenocorticism. Named after Harvey Cushing, the famous neurosurgeon who first described the disease in humans, Cushing’s disease results from excess production of steroids by the body. In dogs, we recognize two major forms of this endocrine disease: a pituitary form … Continue reading Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

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Doc, My Dog is Shaking

January 11, 2017

Like the Jerry Lee Lewis song, some dogs “got a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.” If your dog is shaking, a trip to the veterinarian is in order. Below you will find a list of some of the more common causes of canine shaking. Please note, some of these are emergency conditions and should prompt … Continue reading Doc, My Dog is Shaking

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Pancreatitis in Dogs

January 4, 2017

The pancreas is a thin, elongated organ that is shaped a bit like a pounded piece of chicken tenderloin. The pancreas lies along the initial portion of the small intestine called the duodenum. As the bile duct leaves the gall bladder, it traverses the pancreas before it enters the duodenum. The pancreas is probably best … Continue reading Pancreatitis in Dogs

Everyday Medicine: Oxygen Therapy

December 14, 2016

Everyday medicine will be an intermittent series of blog posts highlighting tests, treatments and procedures commonly used at the AMC. Some past examples of this type of blog post include “Vital Signs” or “Five Reasons Veterinarians Love Fluid Therapy.” Today’s blog post will tackle the topic of oxygen therapy, a common treatment at the AMC. Oxygen is … Continue reading Everyday Medicine: Oxygen Therapy

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Pet Holiday Gifts 2016

December 7, 2016

Every holiday season for the past several years, I have amalgamated a list of interesting gift ideas with pets and their families in mind. Given the Animal Medical Center’s focus on pet health, this list always has a decidedly health-related slant. Most of the gifts help address healthcare issues AMC veterinarians see on a daily … Continue reading Pet Holiday Gifts 2016

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Feline Lymphoma

November 23, 2016

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Last spring I wrote about canine lymphoma, so in honor of Cancer Awareness Month, I thought I would do the same for feline lymphoma. What is Lymphoma? Lymphoma is cancer of the immune system. The immune system is distributed throughout the body to protect against infections. Lymphoma in … Continue reading Feline Lymphoma

#ThisIsDiabetes

November 16, 2016

November is National Diabetes Awareness month. While dogs and cats both develop diabetes and veterinarians treat diabetic pets with insulin, I am not going to write about treatment of diabetes in pets. Instead, this blog will focus on the intersection between human diabetes and dogs – diabetes assist dogs. Dog Noses as Diagnostic Tools Dogs … Continue reading #ThisIsDiabetes