Treatment Options for Benign Esophageal Strictures in Dogs and Cats

Benign esophageal strictures in dogs and cats are uncommon. They most often arise secondary to esophagitis and are usually associated with gastroesophageal reflux during anesthesia or vomiting of gastric contents. Benign esophageal strictures also occur secondary to esophageal foreign body or other traumatic event to the esophagus.  Stricture formation occurs when inflammation extends into the submucosal and muscular layers of the esophagus and stimulates production of fibrous connective tissue. [1] Stricture formation results in frequent…

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IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: A Sick Lab with GI & Ocular Disease

IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: A Sick Lab with GI & Ocular Disease Charlie was a three-year-old Labrador retriever presenting to his veterinarian with hemorrhagic diarrhea for at least one week, lethargy, uveitis, and acute onset of blindness and incoordination . Diagnostic testing included free catch urinalysis. Diagnostic Test Results The patient had a mild inflammatory and superimposed stress leukogram with a mild non-regenerative anemia. The chemistries were not available. Urine collected via free catch was submitted…

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Using Laser therapy, Acupuncture, and the Assisi Loop for Alternative Pain Management in Dogs and Cats

Our Spring Issue of The MedVet Updateincluded information about opioid shortages and new ways to manage acute and perioperative pain.The opioid shortage has brought to light the opportunity to share some additional options for managing pain in dogs and cats. Many of the options listed are newer technologies for veterinary medicine and some are rather ancient. We will review laser therapy, acupuncture, and the Assisi Loop for alternative pain management in dogs and cats. All, however, have…

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