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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Skunk Trivia Challenge

Skunks are well known for their unique defense mechanism of spraying an oily, thick, and stinky secretion from the anal glands when they feel threatened. How much do you know about skunks? Take our Skunk Trivia Challenge. Skunk Trivia Question 1.  True or False: Skunks can spray up to eight feet away.    Answer: FALSE Skunks can spray 15 to 16 feet away, with precision up to 10 feet…

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Understanding the Use of Arthroscopy in Dogs

Arthroscopy has become the mainstay of most surgeries involving joint evaluation in human medicine and has grown in popularity in veterinary medicine. Arthroscopy can be thought of as the pinnacle of minimally invasive surgery; prior to its usage, the open arthrotomy was used for joint evaluation. There are numerous advantages to minimally invasive surgery when compared to an open procedure in dogs. Arthroscopy can be utilized in cats, however due to size limitations, this is…

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