Using Thoracic Radiographs to Differentiate Pulmonary and Cardiac Diseases in Dogs and Cats

There are several reasons we take thoracic radiographs. These include a noted heart murmur, screening for metastatic disease, evaluating for clinical problems such as a fever of unknown origin or most commonly, for the evaluation of a patient coughing or having respiratory distress. In this article, we will review lung patterns and distributions of common pulmonary diseases while putting the clinical picture together. Radiographic Lung Patterns in Dogs and Cats  Lung patterns are simply the…

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Two Common Pitfalls of Abdominal Radiographs in Dogs and Cats

Two Common Pitfalls of Abdominal Radiographs in Dogs and Cats The following are two findings on abdominal radiographs that I see commonly misdiagnosed in dogs and cats. Below are two tips that may help you interpret x-rays in your veterinary patients. Tip #1.  Be Careful Not to Mistake the Pylorus as Soft Tissue Mass  On a right lateral abdominal radiograph, the pylorus of the stomach (being on the right of midline) is dependent and is…

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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 male terrier…

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Radiology View: What’s Your Read? 13-Week Lab with Lethargy & Cough

Radiology View: What’s Your Read? Patient Presentation A 13-week-old female Labrador Retriever mix presented to the cardiology service of MedVet Akron for evaluation. The owner stated that the puppy “hangs out with and acts like the old dogs” and describe her as being lethargic and coughing sporadically for the past week. The following radiographs were made. View the radiographs below and consider the following questions: What are your radiographic findings? What is your diagnosis?…

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Radiology View: What’s Your Read? 13-year-old Dog with Abdominal Pain

Radiology View: What’s Your Read? Patient Presentation: A 13-year-old, spayed female, Golden Retriever presented for vomiting, lethargy, and suspected discomfort. Cranial abdominal discomfort was noted during the physical examination. The following radiographs were made. View the radiographs below and consider the following questions: What are your radiographic findings? What are your differential diagnoses? What would you suggest as your next step for this patient? Figure 1. Lateral abdominal radiograph. Figure 2. Ventrodorsal abdominal…

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