How to Manage Spinal Pain in Dogs

How to manage spinal pain in dogs can be a difficult dilemma for veterinarians. Spinal pain in dogs is a common presenting complaint by owners that can be nebulous in origin yet indicative of a potentially serious, impending neurologic catastrophic event.  Similar to the tip of the iceberg analogy, what presents as simple focal spinal pain without neurologic episodes can quickly progress to disastrous ship-sinking changes in mobility and paralysis. Management of spinal pain in dogs…

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Home Rescue Therapy for Cluster Seizures in Dogs

One of the most challenging aspects of treating canine epilepsy is the ability to provide appropriate treatment recommendations to owners to help stop cluster seizure activity at home.  The benefit of not having to bring their pet into the ER has tremendous implications.   Successful home rescue therapy alleviates a variety of stresses to both owner and pet.  Owner anxiety in dealing with their dog’s seizures can be greatly reduced, emotional stress of family member interactions…

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Surgical Options for Canine Disk Associated Cervical Spondylomyelopathy

I was fortunate to moderate this year’s ACVIM Neurology panel discussion at National Harbor in Washington, DC on the topic of surgical options for disk associated cervical spondylomyelopathy (DACSM) in dogs, generically known as Wobbler’s disease. Each year a controversial topic is chosen for presentation at the neurology specialty day portion of the conference. The purpose is to provide a forum to stimulate open discussion on a topic between American and European diplomates, trainees and…

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