Five Techniques to Diagnose Cancer Earlier in Dogs and Cats

Five Techniques to Diagnose Cancer Earlier in Dogs and Cats Cancer is among the largest causes of death in our patients and remains a significant concern for pet owners of aging pets. The true incidence of cancer is not well established, however, based on necropsy studies, nearly half of all dogs over the age of ten die of cancer. How can we work to decrease these statistics? In human oncology, several tests are recommended either…

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What You Should Know About Lumps & Bumps on Dogs

What You Should Know About Lumps & Bumps on Dogs “Check lump”, “New mass”, “Skin Swelling”, Check Growth – Owner thinks it’s bigger”, “Mass bleeding”, “Dog licking growth”, and “Groomer found a lump”. Lumps and bumps are common presenting concerns for pet owners and a frequent physical exam finding for veterinarians. Not every mass that presents needs prompt surgical intervention, but every mass warrants our concern and attention as if it does. Best Practices for…

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Lyme Disease: Tips for Treating Positive Dogs

Lyme Disease: Tips for Treating Positive Dogs Most dogs and cats seropositive for Borrelia burdorferi (Bb) seroconvert (i.e. develop antibodies) but show no clinical signs. Cats exposed experimentally show no clinical signs (CS) even after second exposure and overall it is unknown if cats develop CS of Lyme Borreliosis (LB). The two most common forms of LB include Lyme arthritis and Lyme nephritis.  Signs of Lyme arthritis, seen in a small subset of infected dogs,…

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