New Treatment for Corneal Ulcers

Corneal ulcers are a common eye problem for cats and dogs.  In addition to treating an ulcer with a topical antibiotic, artificial tear supplement and pain medication, adding a tetracycline drug can aid healing. Tetracycline drugs function as more than just an antibiotic. They also function as antiproteases and enhance the epithelialization of corneal ulcers. Tetracyclines (doxycycline, minocycline, oxytetracycline [Terramycin]) have anti-collagenase effects and anti-inflammatory effects on the ocular surface. Tetracyclines have been shown to…

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Use of Pimobendan in Dogs with Pre-clinical Degenerative Valve Disease & Cardiomegaly

Pimobendan helps prolong the symptom-free period for dogs with pre-clinical degenerative valve disease and cardiomegaly – EPIC Trial results. The EPIC (Evaluation of Pimobendan In dogs with Cardiomegaly caused by preclinical mitral valve disease) Trial results have been published and look to propose new recommendations for dogs with heart enlargement secondary to degenerative valve disease that have not yet developed congestive heart failure (Stage B2 dogs).1  To date, this represents the largest (360 dogs) prospective,…

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What is the Best Age to Perform Spays & Neuters?

There is an increasing, though controversial, body of evidence calling into question the pros and cons that early spay/neuter may have on cats and dogs.  The AVMA, “supports the concept of pediatric spay/neuter in dogs and cats in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals of these species.”   Our professional association also advises that, “veterinarians should use their best professional judgment based on the current scientific literature in deciding at what age spay/neuter…

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