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This kitten was born with externalized organs and was euthanized at the request of the owner.

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A global auto supplier and a small nonprofit organization have joined forces to make cars safer for man's — and in this case, a woman's — best friend.

Last week, more than a dozen engineers and workers at Johnson Controls in Plymouth studied dogs of various breeds and sizes and how they travel in cars — and brainstormed ideas about how they could engineer seats and devices to protect pets and their human owners.

For the moment, the engineers are using their own dogs as subjects.

In many ways, Johnson Controls engineers said this is the next step in vehicle...
Nick Bexfield, BVetMed, PhD, DSAM, DECVIM-CA, FSB, MRCVS, University of Nottingham


Liver disease is relatively common in small animals, but the diagnosis can be a challenge.

  • The liver has tremendous functional and structural reserve, and a significant loss of normal hepatic tissue can occur with minimal or no clinical signs.1
  • Because of the liver’s central role in metabolism, it may be secondarily...
Orla Mahony, MVB, DACVIM & DECVIM, Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine


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  • Hyperthyroidism is a hypermetabolic state caused by excessive production and secretion of thyroid hormones.
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Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT, VetGirl, St. Paul, Minnesota

This self-quiz reviews common small animal toxin exposures and associated treatments.

  • Question 1
    Molson, a 2-year old neutered Labrador retriever, presents approximately 30 minutes after ingesting 28 pieces of sugar-free gum containing xylitol. You calculate the toxic dose at 0.17 g/kg, and worry about the risk of hypoglycemia. Molson is quiet, alert, and hydrated. No significant abnormalities are found on physical examination.
  • Based on the toxic dose ingested,...
Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM, Synergie, Las Cruces, New Mexico


Are you considering opening your practice for longer hours? Perhaps you should; the Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study found that veterinary clients are now asking for extended hours.1

In an industry driven by customer service, practices need to look at every area to increase client satisfaction. Most clients are among the 80% of the working population with traditional employment hours—8 or 9...
Today we saw a 3mo kitten with a big mass (ard 5cm) at its right mandible. The kitten is having difficulites eating. And this is what we found after cutting it open. It involved almost half of the mandible. We think it is a parotid gland hyperplasia. What do you think?

Two summers ago, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to travel to Thailand. I traveled through Bangkok and Chang Mai in the north, and the islands surrounding Phuket in the south. While I was in the north, two hours from Chang Mai, I worked and lived at an elephant sanctuary. Working with a wildlife veterinarian in the sanctuary opened up my world to the importance of veterinarians in the field of conservation. When it comes to conserving wildlife species, the health and the quality...


The Dr. Elwood and Linda Collins Rehab Center at the MSU Veterinary Medical Center has a new piece of equipment that is helping the team provide more services to its larger canine patients. The new wheelchair, a four-wheeled quad cart, supports large dogs with mobility impairment in all four limbs—whether the patients’ legs are paralyzed or weak, or if they tire easily. The cart can support dogs weighing 50–150 pounds and also helps prevent strain and injury...