Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Vestibular Dysfunction in Dogs and Cats

Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Vestibular Dysfunction in Dogs and Cats Disorders of the vestibular system are commonly encountered in domestic species of dogs and cats.  Proper diagnosis is key to successful treatment, with most forms of vestibular disease being treatable.   Diagnosis can be aided by the history obtained from the client, as well as careful examination of the vestibular system. Diagnostic testing may further support and/or confirm a diagnosis, leading to definitive…

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Feline Brain

Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Feline Brain Diagnosis of epilepsy in canine and feline patients involves careful history taking, accurate physical and neurologic examinations, and appropriate diagnostic testing, including advanced imaging and cerebrospinal fluid analysis.  Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the gold standard for imaging brain tissue. Unfortunately, this diagnostic procedure is an expensive test and does come with the risks inherent to anesthetic procedures.  As clinicians, we have to be able to explain to clients the…

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Key Points for Recommendations Regarding the Feeding of a Novel medium-chain TAG diet* for the Treatment of Epileptic Seizures in Dogs

Key points for recommendations regarding the feeding of a novel medium-chain TAG diet* for the treatment of epileptic seizures in dogs Canine diets have diversified substantially in recent years and now include many formulations.  There are prescription diets, diets formulated for specific niches such as grain-free, joint health, and age, raw diets and many, many others.  More recently, research modeled on human medicine has focused on diets designed to promote cognitive health and epilepsy management. …

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How to Manage Spinal Pain in Dogs

How to manage spinal pain in dogs can be a difficult dilemma for veterinarians. Spinal pain in dogs is a common presenting complaint by owners that can be nebulous in origin yet indicative of a potentially serious, impending neurologic catastrophic event.  Similar to the tip of the iceberg analogy, what presents as simple focal spinal pain without neurologic episodes can quickly progress to disastrous ship-sinking changes in mobility and paralysis. Management of spinal pain in dogs…

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Home Rescue Therapy for Cluster Seizures in Dogs

One of the most challenging aspects of treating canine epilepsy is the ability to provide appropriate treatment recommendations to owners to help stop cluster seizure activity at home.  The benefit of not having to bring their pet into the ER has tremendous implications.   Successful home rescue therapy alleviates a variety of stresses to both owner and pet.  Owner anxiety in dealing with their dog’s seizures can be greatly reduced, emotional stress of family member interactions…

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