IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: Puppy with a Fever

A 5-month-old female intact French Bulldog puppy residing in Kentucky presented to her primary veterinarian for lethargy, lymphadenopathy, and fever. The puppy had been recently purchased from a pet store. A CBC, serum chemistries, and urinalysis were run and the puppy was found to be moderately anemic. The anemia was non-regenerative at that time. The remaining CBC was WNL.  Review the blood slides (figure 1 and figure 2) below and consider your interpretation. What Is…

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Back Basics: When and Why to Offer Neurosurgical Referral for Dogs

Spinal cord injury in the dog has a variety of stages (peracute to chronic) and severity (from complete paralysis) on emergency presentation to a planned appointment for back pain. While many diseases can cause damage to the spinal cord, it is key to recognize which diseases can be managed on an outpatientbasis and when patients should be referred for neurosurgical diagnostics and treatment. Common Diseases Causing Spinal Cord Injury in Dogs The most common diseases…

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How to Think: the Link to Becoming a Better Veterinarian

As doctors we are trained to believe that facts and details will help us achieve the correct diagnosis and outcome for our patients. What if I told you that HOW you think about a patient…your cognitive process…is the most important part of being a diagnostician? The ability to obtain key information, zero in on the important facts, and avoid overlooking relevant data is at the heart of getting it right. Almost ALL medical mistakes center on cognitive…

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