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Gastric Ulcers in Performance Horses

PERFORMANCE STRESS Most performance horses develop ulcers. Having a dedicated healthcare team to care for these horses is essential to recovery. When considering gastrointestinal problems of horses, colic is probably the first thing that comes to mind. However, one of the most common problems affecting nearly all performance horses globally is gastric ulceration. Recent advances …

Pandora Syndrome

LITTERBOX AVOIDANCE Consider Pandora syndrome as the diagnosis rather than feline idiopathic cystitis. Practicing Cat Friendly The articles presented by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) focus on feline-specific information on cats’ unique behaviors; diagnosis and evaluation of disease and conditions; better approaches and techniques for cats; and strategies to decrease stress associated with …

Common Upper Airway Conditions

Dogs and cats with upper airway conditions are often seen in the clinic when their condition is acute. Many of these animals are in critical condition as the result of a chronic disease that has progressed to an acute stage. Chronic conditions that typically develop due to breed predispositions or infectious agents include laryngeal paralysis, …

Understanding the Cat

Learning why cats act as they do and how to adjust handling and management techniques can make all the difference between a positive experience and a negative one in the veterinary examination room — for everyone involved.

Lead Toxicity: A Threat to Wildlife

An estimated 20 million animals, including more than 130 differing species throughout the food chain, die each year from lead poisoning, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The fundamental treatment for lead toxicity is chelation therapy.

Discospondylitis: An Overview

Discospondylitis is an infection of the vertebral endplates and associated intervertebral disk. The infection typically starts in the vertebral end plate, then spreads to the adjacent intervertebral disc. The blood supply within the vertebral endplates consists of capillary beds with reduced blood flow velocity. Pores in the end plate that normally allow for distribution of …

Equine Pythiosis: An Overview

Pythiosis is a noncontagious disease caused by Pythiosis insidiosum, a fungus-like, protozoan organism. Until recently, it was considered to be a threat only to horses living in tropical or subtropical environments; however, it has been seen in many other areas of the United States, such as Illinois, New York, and even Wisconsin.1 Although dogs, cats, …

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