DOG HEALTH AND MEDICINE

Tail tales

Kato, a one-year-old Siberian husky, had been missing for three days. His owner was frantic. Finally Kato returned home with a ghastly wound. His tail had been what veterinarians call de-gloved - the skin was stripped away - and you could see bone and muscle hanging out. In addition, one of the tail bones had been fractured - it showed on an x-ray. …

Diabetes? Old Age? Or Something Else?

It tends to creep up insidiously. Your aging dog - perhaps hes already nine or 10 - now seems to be panting more often than usual, even at night. Perhaps he no longer wants to sleep on your bed, either, preferring the cold tile bathroom floor. Or he has developed what appears to be a pot belly and lacks something of his usual energy. It must be aging, you assume. Or, if you notice…

Dear Doctor – Beware new product for canine Alzheimers

Q We have a 15-year-old bearded collie who began having Alzheimers-type symptoms about a year ago. He would pace all night long, and we were getting very little sleep. Our vet put him on a medication called Neutricks.

Medical Imaging for Dogs: X-ray, Ultrasound, CT Scan, MRI, or Nuclear?

Everybody has heard of x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, and other types of medical imaging - most of us have had at least one of them ourselves at one point or another. But few know exactly what each type of image captures, and when each is called for. Heres a run-down.

A Brief History of Radiologic Time

Articles on veterinary radiology began appearing as long ago as 1896, just one year after the discovery of the x-ray. But for decades after that, judging from the photographs of veterinary radiographic attempts…it seems likely that more harm was done to the radiographers assistant than there was good done to the patient, said Gerry B. Schnelle, VMD, at the First International Conference of Veterinary Radiologists in Dublin in 1968. It hadnt become clear yet just…

Too Close an Encounter with Anothers Pet

That the small animal hospital at Tufts sees several cases of dog-on-dog bite wounds each week - between 100 and 200 a year - was just another statistic to me: unfortunate, but still, a number without emotional impact. Then, just last week, when my wife had our border collie, Franklin, off leash in the dog-friendly park nearby, he was bitten by a pitbull. It was a dog he had seen before; the two had always…

Chances Are Its Not a Food Allergy for Your Dog

Your dogs skin is itching, perhaps to the point that he may even be licking his paws or chewing on his feet. Or he keeps vomiting or having diarrhea. It must be a food allergy, you think to yourself, so you put him on a special diet. But it doesnt work. Frustrated, you try other food combinations, finally bringing him to the veterinarian for help in figuring out which ingredient is causing the allergic…

485 Board-Certified Veterinary Radiologists in the U.S.

The American College of Veterinary Radiology, which grants board certification to veterinarians who go on to specialize in radiology, was founded in 1961. The first certification examination was administered in 1965, with six veterinarians becoming board-certified. As of March 28th of this year, the United States had 401 board-certified diplomates in radiology. It also had 67 diplomates in radiation oncology, a designation developed in the early 1990s for those who specialize in the treatment of…

Bite Wounds in Dogs

When dogs suffer from bite wounds, we are more worried about internal damage in the abdomen than the chest, because the chest is well protected by the ribs, whereas the abdomen houses all the soft structures of the gastrointestinal tract like the liver and intestines, with no barrier around them.

Stem Cell Research On Dogs

n Just as stem cell research is ushering in a new wave of scientific exploration to heal sick people, studies examining the workings of stem cells are underway for treating sick dogs. To find out just where things are at with stem cell research on dogs behalf, we talked with the Director of the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Andrew Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM. …

Where do the stem cells for clinical research come from?

When stem cells come right from the patient into whom they are later injected, they are called autologous cells. If they come from another dog, they are termed allogeneic cells. With autologous cells, a doctor harvests some tissue from a dog - either a bit of bone marrow or fat tissue - then sends that tissue to a lab, which isolates the stem cells from the tissue and cultures, or grows, them. Then they are injected…