Radiology View: What’s Your Read? 13-year-old Dog with Abdominal Pain

Radiology View: What’s Your Read? Patient Presentation: A 13-year-old, spayed female, Golden Retriever presented for vomiting, lethargy, and suspected discomfort. Cranial abdominal discomfort was noted during the physical examination. The following radiographs were made. View the radiographs below and consider the following questions: What are your radiographic findings? What are your differential diagnoses? What would you suggest as your next step for this patient? Figure 1. Lateral abdominal radiograph. Figure 2. Ventrodorsal abdominal…

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Cholecalciferol Poisoning in Dogs and Cats

Ingestion of rodenticides by companion animals is consistently one of the most common intoxications in veterinary medicine. Historically, second-generation anticoagulants were the most common active ingredient in rodenticides. Though there was the potential for life-threatening hemorrhage within 72 hours of ingestion, an inexpensive antidote (vitamin K1) was available and effective if administered prior to clinical signs. In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted regulations banning the use of second-generation anticoagulants in residential rodenticides. This…

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IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: Dog with Vague GI Signs

This is abdominal fluid from an 8-year-old male neutered, medium sized, mixed breed dog. The dog presented with vague gastrointestinal (GI) signs of vomiting and inappetence. Imaging studies showed the presence of free abdominal fluid. Approximately 5 ml of fluid was collected and submitted for cytologic exam. What is Your Interpretation of the Cytology? The sediment slide was stained with Wright’s stain(figures 1 – 5) and was directed to a clinical pathologist for review.  What…

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