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  1. Zoonotic diseases: Sharing too much

    Karen Tobias

    Because of all the publicity about avian flu, mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease, veterinarians frequently receive questions from dog owners about potential zoonotic diseases — diseases that can be spread from animals to man.

    Story | Conversation | July 27, 2005
  2. Specialists in veterinary medicine

    Karen Tobias

    Veterinary Medicine also has specialists; in fact, there are over 25 specialty and subspecialty organizations within the American Veterinary Medical Association.

    Story | Conversation | June 10, 2005
  3. Epileptic seizures in dogs

    Karen Tobias

    Seizures are caused by a variety of conditions. When no cause can be found, it is called epilepsy.

    Story | Conversation | May 05, 2005
  4. Dealing with uterine infections

    Karen Tobias

    Pyometra is an infection of the uterus. Dogs are susceptible to pyometra when their progesterone levels are high 1-2 months after their heat cycles. They also have an increased risk if they are given any drugs containing estrogen (i.e. mismating shots).

    Story | Conversation | April 21, 2005
  5. Help! Help! She's going to whelp!

    Karen Tobias

    Most dogs whelp with relatively few problems. Of course, there will always be a few breeds that require cesarean sections because of their shape — bulldogs, for instance — and some dogs will require help the first time they deliver. If you arm yourself with a little knowledge and a few simple tools, though, whelping should be an exciting and relatively stress-free experience.

    Story | Conversation | March 08, 2005
  6. Dog meets porcupine— and loses (again)

    Karen Tobias

    It's the veterinarian's (and dog's) worse nightmare — a Labrador retriever comes into the hospital at midnight with a face full of quills. He paws gently at his nose and shakes his head, but nothing helps. His muzzle is swollen and his eyes water with the pain, but he won't let his owner come near him because he knows that what comes next is even worse — the inevitable yanking of those darned spines from his sensitive skin. The Labrador has just met his match — Erethizon dorsatum, a.k.a. the North American porcupine.

    Story | Conversation | December 29, 2004
  7. Microchipping your dog makes sense

    Karen Tobias

    A good identification system can prevent the tragic destruction of a canine companion. In the past, tattoos and dog tags were commonly used to identify pets or provide contact information; drawbacks of these included the potential loss or removal of the tags, or lack of recognition of tattoos because of illegibility or distortion from overlying hair growth. Additionally, information on tags may not be up to date. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice. They are placed within a strong, biologically safe glass that protects the encased chip but causes minimal reaction in the animal. A sterile injection system, similar to a hypodermic syringe and needle used for vaccinations, is used to insert the chip just under the skin in the scruff of the neck in dogs and cats.

    Story | Conversation | November 22, 2004
  8. Flabador — has your pup become Porky Pig?

    Karen Tobias

    Obesity is a national health emergency in United States, not only in people but also in their pets. Around 25% of dogs that are examined at veterinary clinics are overweight. As with people, canine obesity can result in many serious health issues, including a shortened lifespan, poor immune function, reproductive and digestive problems, skin disease, and increased risk of developing certain types of cancer

    Story | Conversation | November 03, 2004
  9. When it's not just old age

    Karen Tobias

    When dogs present with exercise intolerance, an airway or heart problem should be suspected. The veterinarian will listen to the dog's heart, feel his pulses, and evaluate lung sounds over all areas of the chest. Usually x-rays are taken to rule out infection or tumors within the lungs and to evaluate the size of the heart.

    Story | Conversation | October 14, 2004
  10. Evacuation: Preparing for disasters

    Karen Tobias

    The recent hurricanes in Florida are the latest of natural disasters to occur in the United States. As with any emergency, preparation and planning before a natural disaster can reduce the stress on the owner and the animals, and increase the chance that the pet will survive relatively unscathed.

    Story | Conversation | September 10, 2004
  11. Scoping out the new surgical techniques!

    Karen Tobias

    When considering endoscopic surgery, it is important to ask the veterinary surgeon about benefits and risks of the procedure and the experience level of the surgeon.

    Story | Conversation | September 09, 2004
  12. Mammary tumors are a common cancer

    Karen Tobias

    Mammary tumors also are the most common tumor in female dogs; therefore, owners of bitches should know the facts about this canine condition.

    Story | Conversation | June 23, 2004
  13. Cauliflower: It's not just a vegetable

    Karen Tobias

    Aural hematomas are thought to be secondary to trauma. Vigorous head shaking in animals with external ear canal irritation causes the tiny vessels that perforate the internal cartilage to rupture and bleed. Although pressure building up under the skin will stop the bleeding, continued head shaking will cause the pocket to enlarge until it becomes a very noticeable and sometimes uncomfortable.

    Story | Conversation | May 17, 2004
  14. Is early age neutering good for your dog?

    Karen Tobias

    Veterinarians and many pet owners recognize the benefits of spaying or castrating their dogs. Neutering animals reduces the risk of certain types of diseases, such as mammary tumors, uterine infections, and prostate swelling, and eliminates the chance of unplanned litters. Additionally, annoying behaviors associated with an overabundance of "teenage sex hormones" are hopefully avoided by removing the hormonal source — the ovaries or testicles.

    Story | Conversation | April 15, 2004
  15. Hooked on fishing!

    Karen Tobias

    Fish hooks are wonderful attractants to dogs, particularly when loaded with cheese, bread, or stink bait. Unfortunately, the barbs that keep the fish on the line work just as effectively at keeping the hook in your dog's mouth or throat. When a hook gets caught in a dog's mouth or throat, the dog will have difficulty swallowing, and will tend to salivate heavily from the discomfort.

    Story | Conversation | March 16, 2004
  16. Send cards, not chocolate

    Karen Tobias

    Who can resist chocolates — the aroma, the taste, the texture? Not me, and not my dogs. For people, a little extra chocolate may mean a restless night and a few inches added to the waistline. For dogs, chocolate can mean death.

    Story | Conversation | February 03, 2004