Utilization of Video Capsule Endoscopy (VCE) in Dogs

Video capsule endoscopy (VCE) can provide yet another means of noninvasive diagnostics in evaluation of gastrointestinal tract disease in medium to large breed dogs. Minimally invasive diagnostics are an emerging and needed trend in both human and veterinary medicine. When evaluating acute or chronic gastrointestinal tract disease, endoscopic evaluation of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract is the most common minimally invasive diagnostic currently utilized. Although endoscopy is an excellent diagnostic tool in the majority…

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Using Feline Recombinant Omega Interferon (Virbagen Omega) for Viral Diseases

For most of us, treatment of feline (and canine) viral diseases can be a frustrating endeavor because there is no direct therapy for most infections. Therapy consists largely of supportive care with medications to control symptoms and therapy to maintain hydration and nutrition. For more severe viral disease such as Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) and Parvovirus, fatality rates remain unacceptably high and for less severe infections such as calicivirus and herpes virus, long term immune…

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IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: Why is Angel Anemic?

IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: Why is Angel Anemic? History: Angel, a 9-month-old spayed female Yorkshire Terrier, was referred for evaluation of anemia that developed the day after surgery to remove a metallic button from her stomach. Laboratory Results: A CBC, Chemistry profile, Spec cPL, and urinalysis were submitted to IDEXX for analysis. On the CBC, the sample was grossly hemolyzed, and there was severe, macrocytic, hypochromic, regenerative anemia with a hematocrit of 16.3% (reference interval, 37-55%)…

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IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: Why is "Jensen" Sick?

Take our IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: History and Physical Exam: This case involves “Jensen”, a  5-month old, intact male Golden Retriever puppy.  Jensen was adopted 5 weeks earlier from a breeder and was not currently vaccinated for leptospirosis, but was up to date on his DA2PP and Rabies vaccines and on monthly heartworm preventative.  He presented after hours to the local emergency clinic for lethargy, anorexia and a few episodes of bilious vomiting earlier in the…

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