12 Dangerous Holiday Pet Hazards and How to Keep Your Pet Safe this Winter

Winter holidays can be a joyous time for humans yet a dangerous time for our four-legged family members. The curious nature of cats, plus a dog’s strong sense of smell, causes both animals to get into holiday decorations, food, and drinks that could lead them to wind up in a MedVet emergency room. Take some extra pet-proofing measures this year to keep your best friend happy and safe all holiday season. Avoid dogggy dilemmas…

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ZNLabs Adventures in Pathology: Diagnose a Puppy with an Abdominal Mass

Presenting Complaint and History A three-month-old, intact female Miniature Australian Shepherd was presented to MedVet Dallas for hematuria and a distended abdomen.  Initial diagnostic tests and results were as follows: A complete blood count (CBC) showed neutrophilia and monocytosis. Biochemistry profile showed mildly elevated Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase (GGT) and mildly elevated chloride. An abdominal ultrasound was performed and showed a large, invasive mass that appeared to be originating from the right kidney. Fine needle aspiration…

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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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