Category Archives: Internal Medicine

Recognizing Laryngeal Paralysis (Lar Par) in Your Dog

A black lab lying on a floor

Today’s blogpost is inspired by four recent patients with a shared condition: laryngeal paralysis, sometimes referred to colloquially as “lar par.” Many pet owners are not familiar with laryngeal paralysis, so I will explain this disorder by discussing the role of the larynx in dogs, these patients’ clinical signs, their risk factors and possible outcomes.

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CKD, BUN, USG, and AKI: How to Talk to Your Pet’s Veterinarian About Kidney Disease

A veterinarian with a dog and the dog's owner

World Kidney Day is March 10 and the theme for 2022 is “Bridge the knowledge gap to better kidney care.” In this blogpost, I’ll help bridge the kidney care knowledge gap in veterinary medicine by explaining common acronyms veterinarians use when we talk or write about kidney disease. As an example, here are a few

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Hemodialysis in Dogs: What You Need to Know

A dog receiving hemodialysis

World Kidney Day 2021 is March 11th, but kidney health is not just for humans. Keeping your pet’s kidneys healthy is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. Dialysis, also called hemodialysis, is a well-known treatment for humans with failing kidneys. Dialysis does not correct kidney damage but provides the blood-filtering function normally provided

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Dogs and Tennis Balls: It’s Not Always a Match

An x-ray of an intact tennis ball in the stomach of a Labrador retriever

The US Open tennis championship begins next week at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, just across the East River from the Animal Medical Center. The Open is the first major international tennis event in the COVID-19 era. It will not be quite the same event as in previous years, but the

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