Tear Staining in Dogs: An Ophthalmologist’s Perspective

Our clients often seek advice on how to treat the messy, frustrating problem of tear staining. If you research “tear staining”, you will find numerous different products, ideas, and suggestions that claim to fix or prevent the staining. The fact that there are so many products available means that there is not ONE magic treatment or approach that will work for every dog. The red/brown discoloration in tears comes from porphyrin. Porphyrins are iron containing…

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Radiology View: What’s Your Read? Six-month-old Dog with Neck Pain

Radiology View: What’s Your Read? Patient Presentation  A six-month-old intact male terrier mix presented for pain on neck manipulation. View the radiographs (figure 1 and figure 2) below and consider the following questions: What are your radiographic findings? What is your diagnosis? Figure 1. Lateral radiograph of the spine from a six-month-old intact male terrier mix with neck pain.   Figure 2. Ventrodorsal radiograph of the spine from a six-month-old intact male terrier…

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Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) in Dogs: When to Rest and When to Refer

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a commonly encountered neurological disease of the dog; however, clinical signs within this affected population can be widely variable. With a broad spectrum of clinical presentations, it is important for veterinarians to identify between cases that can be medically managed and those that would benefit from referral. The goal of this article is to provide tools for identifying cases of suspected IVDD and tips for determining when to rest versus…

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Tips to Help Avoid Spring Hazards and Manage Storm Anxiety

The changing seasons can bring new challenges for our pets. Help keep your pet happy and healthy this season with this advice from our Emergency Medicine team. Spring flowers can present danger to cats and dogs. While many flowers and plants can be dangerous to pets, lilies are especially toxic to cats. If ingested, every part of the lily flower and plant can cause serious health problems, and in some cases, can be fatal. Other…

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Management of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder (FLUTD)

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder (FLUTD) describes a clinical syndrome which manifests as pollakiuria, stranguria, and hematuria. Cats also frequently develop a habit of inappropriate elimination, which can hamper the human-animal bond and may result in relinquishment or euthanasia, making understanding of how to treat this a disorder of crucial importance. It is estimated that 5% of cats develop FLUTD, with equal representation between males and females. However, due to anatomical differences, there is a…

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