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Features December 2016 Issue

How Vets Think

Two veterinarians will often confer when working towards a diagnosis.

How Vets Think

We get into vets’ heads to understand how they make diagnoses when presented with symptoms that could be indicative of any one of a number of diseases. A diagnosis could be differential, presumptive, or definitive.

A dog is brought to the clinic because she is both urinating more than ever and also drinking more than ever. The condition is referred to by veterinarians as PU/PD, which stands for polyuria-polydipsia — the medical term for over-urinating/over-drinking.

What could it be? Diabetes? Something else?

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