Five Techniques to Diagnose Cancer Earlier in Dogs and Cats

Cancer is among the largest causes of death in our patients and remains a significant concern for pet owners of aging pets. The true incidence of cancer is not well established, however, based on necropsy studies, nearly half of all dogs over the age of ten die of cancer. How can we work to decrease these statistics? In human oncology, several tests are recommended either based on age or based on cancer risk, to screen…

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USP 800: Impact of New Regulations on Veterinary Hospitals

Update on USP 800: New Regulations Aim to Enhance Safety for Veterinary Team Members Handling and Administering Chemotherapeutic Agents What is USP 800? The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is a nonprofit organization that sets standards to promote the quality and safety of medicines and foods. USP Chapter 800 (initially published in 2014 and revised in 2016) describes safety standards for handling hazardous drugs in healthcare settings. The goal of these regulations is to enhance veterinary…

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New Therapeutics in Veterinary Oncology

Veterinary oncology is an ever-changing field, with new drugs and treatments always on the horizon. There are several exciting and new therapeutics in veterinary medical oncology which have recently received full or conditional license by the FDA or USDA. These are therapies, which are either now, or may soon be available, to better treat our furry friends with cancer. ENTYCE (Capromorelin) for Appetite Stimulation in Dogs ENTYCE (capromorelin) is the only FDA-approved therapeutic designed to…

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IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: Cat with Pelvic Limb Swelling

What’s Your Diagnosis? Cat with Pelvic Limb Swelling A 13-year-old cat developed swelling of the left hind leg that did not improve with antibiotic therapy. On presentation, the left hind limb was thickened with marked firm swelling and there was popliteal, inguinal and left medial iliac lymph node enlargement. Fine needle aspirate samples for cytology were collected from the left medial iliac lymph node. On abdominal ultrasound, the abdominal lymph nodes were also enlarged. No…

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IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: Golden Retriever with Enlarged Lymph Nodes

A 9-year-old male golden retriever presented for evaluation of persistent and slowly progressive submandibular and prescapular lymphadenopathy. Peripheral blood was submitted to IDEXX for a CBC. Fine needle aspirate samples for cytology were collected from both prescapular lymph nodes and the right mandibular lymph node. An aspirate sample from the left prescapular lymph node was also placed in a lymph node aspirate transport tube for flow cytometry. Please review the test results below to come…

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