Brachycephalic Syndrome in Dogs & Cats

What is Brachycephalic Syndrome? Brachycephalics are animals that have very shortened and compressed muzzles and heads leading to difficulty in their ability to pass air through their breathing passages. It is a compilation of conditions that includes some or all of the following: stenotic nares (small nostrils), collapsed nasal passages, elongated soft palate (excessive tissue in the back of the throat), everted laryngeal saccules (tissue within the voice box) and eventually laryngeal collapse (collapse of…

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Hemoabdomen in Dogs

The abdominal cavity is a space containing many different organs, such as the spleen, liver, intestines, and bladder. A hemoabdomen is diagnosed when there is blood in this cavity. This is abnormal since blood does not normally exist in the abdominal cavity freely. This is often called “internal bleeding” and can lead to severe anemia (a low blood count) and eventual death if not treated. Where Does the Blood in the Abdomen Come From?…

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Feeding Tubes for Short and Long Term Nutritional Needs in Pets

Adequate nutrition can be an important aspect in the management of any disease process.  There is an ever-growing body of evidence that supports the use of nutrition early on in many diseases.  Early and appropriate nutrition can hasten recovery, shorten hospitalization, and even decrease the level of pain or discomfort in patients.  The fact that in some cases our patients will not eat willingly on their own can present a challenge in the process of…

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