I am starting to wonder if there’s a new infectious agent causing acute gastro-entero-colitis in dogs around here (northern England) recently. Firstly, there seems to be an upsurge in numbers of cases: especially those which take a week or more to recover. None of those which I’ve seen were markedly neutropaenic or tested positive on … Continue reading
Sonographic heterogeneity of abdominal lymph nodes has been reported as a feature associated with malignancy in dogs: Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2007 Nov-Dec;48(6):565-9. Association between malignancy and sonographic heterogeneity in canine and feline abdominal lymph nodes. Kinns J1, Mai W. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18018731 In that series, 91% of dogs with heterogeneous abdominal nodes proved to have malignancies. … Continue reading
A while ago I wrote a post reporting cases of dogs with a history of pancreatitis who have multiple apparently cystic lesions within their hepatic and pancreatic lymph nodes. Cavitated hepatic lymph nodes associated with previous pancreatitis in dogs Obviously association is not necessarily causation. However, my impression is that the association is strong … Continue reading
Normal bile acid stimulation test results in two dogs with (presumed congenital) extra-hepatic portosystemic shunts
Although this may not be a big surprise I can’t find any published accounts specifically documenting this phenomenon. The first case involves a 5 year-old MN Shih-tsu presented on account of haematuria. There was no history of preceding signs suggesting hepatic encephalopathy. No urinary abnormalities were identified on abdominal ultrasound. However, an extra-hepatic shunt vessel … Continue reading
This is poor Paddy: presented with several day hunched attitude, apparent abdominal pain, stiff gait, unwilling to move. His routine haematology and biochemistry are pretty unremarkable. Same goes for thoracic and abdominal ultrasound except that his left adrenal is only 2.5mm wide at maximum. And his heart is looking a little … Continue reading
Canine cholecystitis without icterus: an indication of biliary rupture. And sonographic features of emphysematous cholecystitis.
We now have two nice published case series of canine cholecystitis, cholangitis and/or cholangiohepatitis: J Vet Intern Med. 2016 Jul;30(4):1046-55. doi: 10.1111/jvim.13974. Epub 2016 May 20. Bacterial Cholangitis, Cholecystitis, or both in Dogs. Tamborini A1, Jahns H1, McAllister H1, Kent A2, Harris B2, Procoli F3, Allenspach K3, Hall EJ4, Day MJ4, Watson PJ2, O’Neill … Continue reading
This is the second dog I’ve seen with presumed immune-mediated thrombocytopaenia treated with high doses of prednisolone which developed marked hepatomegaly accompanied by significant volume of ascites. Both cases received a total daily oral prednisolone dose of 4mg/Kg and developed ascites consisting of modified transudate within one week. Sonographically the liver was markedly enlarged … Continue reading
Do we still believe that the EPIC study was helpful? When are we using pimobendan in dogs with mitral valve disease in early 2019?
Time has moved on a bit. We’ve had the benefit of a chance to reflect on EPIC: J Vet Intern Med. 2016 Nov;30(6):1765-1779. doi: 10.1111/jvim.14586. Epub 2016 Sep 28. Effect of Pimobendan in Dogs with Preclinical Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease and Cardiomegaly: The EPIC Study-A Randomized Clinical Trial. Boswood A et al. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jvim.14586 The … Continue reading
Anything that can help us sort out chronic diarrhoea in dogs and cats is welcome. As far as I’m aware this is the first properly convincing evidence of efficacy for any probiotic in this scenario. Vet Rec. 2018 Mar 3;182(9):258. doi: 10.1136/vr.104241. Epub 2017 Dec 6. Effect of Saccharomyces boulardii in dog with chronic … Continue reading
Grass seed (and other vegetation) foreign bodies are a potential nightmare. We all know this. Sadly, it seems that neither CT nor MRI are reliable modalities for locating them in our patients. Obviously there may be clues from advanced imaging findings but actual visualisation of the foreign body itself isn’t consistent. In a series of … Continue reading