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Horses do, in fact, try to intentionally communicate with us to achieve certain goals.

“Hey! See that bucket of feed over there? Yeah, that one. Can you grab that for me, please? I’m kind of hungry.”

Wait a minute. Did your horse just speak to you? Actually, he might have—in his own way, of course. New research by European scientists has revealed that horses do, in fact, try to intentionally communicate with us to achieve certain goals.

In their pioneering study, researchers have...
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Patrick S. Moyle, DVM, and Alex Gallagher, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM
University of Florida

Welcome to Endoscopy Essentials, a column that discusses...
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Brownie, a 6-month-old Jersey heifer calf, was stricken with a severe case of bloody diarrhea, lethargy and anorexia. She was diagnosed by her referring veterinarian with coccidiosis, an infection of the intestinal tract caused by an ingestion of parasites (coccidian protozoa). By the third day of treatment, she still had not responded, and stopped eating and drinking. It was clear she needed more emergent care so Brownie’s owners brought her to the UC Davis veterinary hospital where she was...
Robin Sturtz, DVM, The Cat Hospital, Williston Park, New York

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The ability to move with a nonpainful, rhythmic gait that is species-appropriate is a crucial everyday function. The goal of care for a veterinary patient with movement-related disease or injury is to improve the patient’s ability to walk and play without pain, as much as possible.

Physical therapy is defined as “the treatment of disease, injury, or disability by physical and mechanical means (as...
Katharine F. Lunn, BVMS, MS, PhD, MRCVS, DACVIM, North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

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Make sure that the veterinary healthcare team is familiar with the common and uncommon manifestations of leptospirosis so that potential cases are recognized. Educate the team about the precautions necessary to avoid spreading the disease to humans.

Manage the Patient
  • Any dog with AKI should be a suspected leptospirosis...
Alix Partnow, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle
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History
A 10-year-old castrated German shepherd dog was evaluated for a 2-month history of progressive ambulatory paraparesis. The client noted a lowered stance and gradual flexing of the patient’s pelvic limbs causing a sitting (vs standing) stance; the patient also had lowered tail carriage, was reluctant to jump, and seemed to be bearing weight only on the medial digits of his right pelvic limb. His tail became flaccid with decreased sensitivity but...
Alexander Werner, VMD, DACVD, Animal Dermatology Center

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Canine flank alopecia (CFA) is a syndrome with a pathognomonic clinical appearance. Alternative terms include seasonal, cyclical, or recurrent flank alopecia.

Overview
CFA may be seasonal, with shorter durations of sunlight inducing follicular arrest (or dysplasia) and thereby lesion development. Multiple retrospective studies report that lesions most often...
Jun 07, 2016
Quimby J, Lappin M. Evaluating Sucralfate as a Phosphate Binder in Normal Cats and Cats with Chronic Kidney Disease. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2016 Jan-Feb;52(1):8-12.

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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is commonly discussed on this blog, as it is a major concern in our aging felines. CKD in cats is a chronic process whereby cats lose the ability to concentrate their urine, build up toxins in their bloodstream...
A new kit to help pet owners correctly administer treatment for otitis externa has been launched by Dechra Veterinary Products. The Healthy Ears Combi Kit has been designed to ai...

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Hundreds of dog owners visited ROYAL CANIN’s Weight Management Marquee at this year’s DogFest. Offering weight management advice at both the Cheshire and Windsor festivals, ROYAL CANIN&...

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