Utilization of Video Capsule Endoscopy (VCE) in Dogs

Video capsule endoscopy (VCE) can provide yet another means of noninvasive diagnostics in evaluation of gastrointestinal tract disease in medium to large breed dogs. Minimally invasive diagnostics are an emerging and needed trend in both human and veterinary medicine. When evaluating acute or chronic gastrointestinal tract disease, endoscopic evaluation of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract is the most common minimally invasive diagnostic currently utilized. Although endoscopy is an excellent diagnostic tool in the majority…

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Using Feline Recombinant Omega Interferon (Virbagen Omega) for Viral Diseases

For most of us, treatment of feline (and canine) viral diseases can be a frustrating endeavor because there is no direct therapy for most infections. Therapy consists largely of supportive care with medications to control symptoms and therapy to maintain hydration and nutrition. For more severe viral disease such as Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) and Parvovirus, fatality rates remain unacceptably high and for less severe infections such as calicivirus and herpes virus, long term immune…

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Selected Viral Dermatoses in Dogs

The increase in social interaction in dogs associated with the growing popularity of dog parks and dog day care facilities has resulted in an increase in canine patients presenting with papilloma virus associated dermatoses. Papillomaviruses are non- enveloped DNA viruses, which are transmitted by direct and indirect contact and specifically infect epithelial cells. Infection occurs at the site of damaged skin or mucous membranes with viral incubation lasting 1 to 2 months. Papillomavirus is fairly…

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