Canine Health

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Snakes and Spiders and Bears, Oh My!

My husband and I have purposefully chosen to live in the country. There are no other houses within eyeshot, we can run outside naked if we like, and there is no need for worry that our barking dogs are bothering the neighbors. The countryside we’ve chosen is in western North Carolina where we live atop… read more


Leptospirosis in New York City: A Risk from Rats to Dogs and People

In New York City, leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals, is most often spread to both people and dogs from rats, according to a study presented at the 2015 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. “Leptospirosis is caused by bacteria that can be harbored by many different types of animals,” said lead… read more

UC Davis Veterinary Cardiologists Implant Pacemaker to Save Dog

Rocket, a 10-year-old Boston terrier, was taken to his veterinarian after he appeared to hurt himself jumping on the bed. His veterinarian did notice some tightness in his neck, but, more importantly, noticed something else that was much more serious for Rocket. A dog’s normal heart rate is generally around 100, but Rocket’s had dipped… read more

Diskospondylitis in Dogs

Diskospondylitis refers to an infection within the back, specifically located within the disk and adjacent back bones (vertebrae). The disks are the cushiony structures located between adjacent vertebrae. When bacterial or fungal organisms manage to set up housekeeping within a disk and the vertebrae on either side of it, the diagnosis is diskopondylitis. This disease… read more


What’s New for Treating Lymphoma in Dogs?

Lymphoma is the most common cancer diagnosed in dogs and cats. It’s also an extremely common cancer in humans. This represents a unique opportunity where people can potentially benefit from treatment options developed for pets, and vice versa. In people, lymphoma is usually classified as Hodgkin-like (HL) or Non-Hodgkin-like (NHL), with NHL being the most… read more


Plague Cases in California: What's Behind the Rise?

After nearly 10 years without any cases of plague, California has seen two people contract the age-old illness already this summer. But what could be behind the sudden return of plague to the state? Experts say it’s hard to know why there are more cases of plague in California this year than in recent years…. read more


Killed by a Wart: Don't Let Entropy Do in Your Dog

There’s a fundamental law of the universe that things become more disorganized over time. Little problems become big ones, pairs of socks become singletons, rocks become gravel, mountains wear down. And, as I just found out, the universe itself will cool down and cease to exist in about 100 billion years’ time. (I’m not all… read more


“I Thought it Was Just a Little Limp…” Part 4: Chemotherapy Options for Canine Osteosarcoma

It’s been two weeks since Duffy’s amputation surgery, and he’s coming in to see me for a check-up, and a final discussion on what our plan for his future will be. I anxiously awaited his arrival to my examination area, recalling how when he went home two days after surgery he seemed slightly sluggish with… read more

“I Thought it Was Just a Little Limp.” Part 3: Palliative Options for Canine Osteosarcoma

Thus far I’ve discussed various methods we use to diagnose dogs with osteosarcoma and the staging tests for canine osteosarcoma. In the following two articles I will describe palliative and definitive treatment options for this disease, and their respective prognoses. To review, osteosarcoma is an aggressive form of bone cancer in dogs. Most tumors arise… read more

“I thought it was just a little limp”, Part 2

Last week I introduced you to Duffy, an older Golden retriever, whose seemingly simple limp turned out to be a harbinger for the devastating diagnosis of osteosarcoma. This week I want to go over some of the available staging tests designed to look for spread of this type of cancer, as well as provide my… read more

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