Two Common Pitfalls of Abdominal Radiographs in Dogs and Cats

Two Common Pitfalls of Abdominal Radiographs in Dogs and Cats The following are two findings on abdominal radiographs that I see commonly misdiagnosed in dogs and cats. Below are two tips that may help you interpret x-rays in your veterinary patients. Tip #1.  Be Careful Not to Mistake the Pylorus as Soft Tissue Mass  On a right lateral abdominal radiograph, the pylorus of the stomach (being on the right of midline) is dependent and is…

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IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: Cat with Enlarged Mesenteric Lymph Node

A 17-year-old cat presented with a history of weight loss. On ultrasound there was a moderately enlarged, hypoechoic and rounded caudal mesenteric lymph node. The only other significant finding was mild degenerative changes to the kidneys. Fine needle aspirate samples for cytology were collected from the mesenteric lymph node. What is Your Interpretation of the Cytology?  Below are images of lymph node cytology. What is your interpretation? Figure 1. Lymph node cytology. 100x objective.

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Tear Staining in Dogs: An Ophthalmologist’s Perspective

Our clients often seek advice on how to treat the messy, frustrating problem of tear staining. If you research “tear staining”, you will find numerous different products, ideas, and suggestions that claim to fix or prevent the staining. The fact that there are so many products available means that there is not ONE magic treatment or approach that will work for every dog. The red/brown discoloration in tears comes from porphyrin. Porphyrins are iron containing…

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