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…

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Diabetes Mellitus in Cats and Dogs

Diabetes Mellitus is a disease that occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin.  Insulin allows glucose (a sugar) to be absorbed into the cells. When insulin production decreases, blood sugar rises. A combination of high blood sugar and glucose in the urine typically confirms the diagnosis of diabetes. Some pets (especially cats) have high blood sugar from stress alone. If there is a question about whether your pet is truly diabetic, a fructosamine test…

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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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