Adventures in Pathology: Diagnose the Abdominal Mass in This Dog

Diagnose the Abdominal Mass in This Dog Read this presenting complaint and history below, evaluate the slides and make your diagnosis.  Presenting Complaint and History An 11-year-old male neutered Golden Retriever mix was presented to the MedVet Mandeville Internal Medicine team with a history of a single bout of vomiting. An abdominal ultrasound revealed four mixed echogenic masses in the left and right abdomen, which did not have any appreciable connection to specific organs.

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IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: Diagnose the Cause of Anemia in This Cat

A complete blood count (CBC) from a three-year-old male neutered domestic shorthair cat with severe anemia was submitted to IDEXX Reference Laboratory. No clinical history was received with the sample. Review the CBC (figure 1) and blood smears (figure 2 and 3) below. What is Your Interpretation of this CBC and Blood Smears? Selected CBC Results Figure 1. Select CBC results from a 3-year-old anemic cat.   Figure 2. Blood…

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IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: Cat with Enlarged Mesenteric Lymph Node

A 17-year-old cat presented with a history of weight loss. On ultrasound there was a moderately enlarged, hypoechoic and rounded caudal mesenteric lymph node. The only other significant finding was mild degenerative changes to the kidneys. Fine needle aspirate samples for cytology were collected from the mesenteric lymph node. What is Your Interpretation of the Cytology?  Below are images of lymph node cytology. What is your interpretation? Figure 1. Lymph node cytology. 100x…

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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…

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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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