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CAVAL SYNDROME IN A SMALL BREED DOG

/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2019053020185900_728.mp4 This video shows a massive clump of heartworms entangled around the tricuspid valve in the heart. The heartworms appear as two small, mobile, parallel lines in the top part of the video within the right ventricle and right atrium. The increased right-sided pressures are flattening the septum between the left and right ventricles, causing … Read moreCAVAL SYNDROME IN A SMALL BREED DOG

URETERAL STONE AND KIDNEY OBSTRUCTION IN A 3 YEAR OLD YORKIE WITH A CONGENITAL LIVER SHUNT

​Another reason why I always say YES when asked if ultrasound might be helpful for a case. Some types of kidney stones don’t show up on x-rays. This 3 year old Yorkie Terrier had a low platelet count and lab work changes suggestive of a congenital liver shunt. Ultrasound confirmed a small liver shunt. A … Read moreURETERAL STONE AND KIDNEY OBSTRUCTION IN A 3 YEAR OLD YORKIE WITH A CONGENITAL LIVER SHUNT

FDA RELEASES AN UPDATE FROM THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE LINK BETWEEN GRAIN-FREE FOOD AND HEART DISEASE IN DOGS

Between January 1, 2014 and November 30, 2018, the FDA received 300 reports of DCM that were possibly related to diet. Here’s the link to the update: https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/ucm630993.htm Some dogs improved simply by changing their diet. The FDA emphasizes that the potential link between diet and heart disease is a complex scientific issue that likely … Read moreFDA RELEASES AN UPDATE FROM THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE LINK BETWEEN GRAIN-FREE FOOD AND HEART DISEASE IN DOGS

UNEXPECTED FINDINGS DURING AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM ON A CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL WITH CHRONIC VALVULAR DISEASE

/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2019020808102802_556.mp4 Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue and Admiral Veterinary Hospital take amazing care of the dogs in their care. This little male was found as a stray in rough shape with a broken jaw and a list of other health problems. The heart murmur was not a surprise, given his breed.  What was surprising was his … Read moreUNEXPECTED FINDINGS DURING AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM ON A CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL WITH CHRONIC VALVULAR DISEASE

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE FEEDING YOUR DOG A GRAIN-FREE, EXOTIC INGREDIENT, OR BOUTIQUE DIET

If you believe your dog is at risk for taurine deficient Dilated Cardiomyopathy, please review the following information. These guidelines are based on current information provided by cardiologists at Tufts and University of California College of Veterinary Medicine.  1. If you wish to have taurine levels tested, please request both a whole blood and plasma taurine … Read moreWHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE FEEDING YOUR DOG A GRAIN-FREE, EXOTIC INGREDIENT, OR BOUTIQUE DIET

DOG HEART DISEASE FROM GRAIN-FREE OR BOUTIQUE DIETS OR EXOTIC INGREDIENTS?

The FDA has announced that they are now investigating the potential link between grain-free diets and canine heart disease. The potentially fatal heart condition, Taurine-Deficient Dilated Cardiomyopathy, is known to develop in dogs who have defective taurine synthesis pathways. It has also been documented in certain breeds, such as Golden Retrievers, who are fed a … Read moreDOG HEART DISEASE FROM GRAIN-FREE OR BOUTIQUE DIETS OR EXOTIC INGREDIENTS?

TRACKING DOWN THE CAUSE OF BLOOD IN THE URINE

Ultrasound is extremely helpful for evaluating the urinary and reproductive tracts of our small animal patients. Sometimes the cause of blood in the urine is due to a fairly benign cause, such as a urinary tract infection or sterile cystitis (bladder wall inflammation). Other times it is can be secondary to prostate disease or kidneys … Read moreTRACKING DOWN THE CAUSE OF BLOOD IN THE URINE

BOXER ARRHYTHMOGENIC RIGHT VENTRICULAR CARDIOMYOPATHY GENETIC TESTING

If you own a Boxer, either as a companion or with the intent of breeding, please consider having him or her tested for ARVC by the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. The test can be performed on whole blood or by using special swabs (available by request from NC State) to collect samples of … Read moreBOXER ARRHYTHMOGENIC RIGHT VENTRICULAR CARDIOMYOPATHY GENETIC TESTING

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