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A Bird in Pain

Friday, February 1st, 2013

A shift of the head or the clack of a beak can signal discomfort in avian species. Jana Mazor-Thomas, V13, is studying the behavior of red-tailed hawks to identify the areas of the brain that control pain.

Clinical Case Challenge: Diagnostic Imaging (Dog)

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

History An 8 year-old spayed female Golden Retriever was referred to the Foster Hospital for Small Animals with a three-week history of right forelimb lameness. On physical examination the dog would not bear weight on… Read More

Clinical Case Challenge: Nutrition (Cat)

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

A 15-year-old castrated male domestic shorthair cat presented for evaluation of polyuria/polydipsia and weight loss despite a good appetite. He weighed 9 pounds (4.1 kg) with a body condition score of 4/9. Moderate atrophy of… Read More

Clinical Case Challenge: Oncology (Cat)

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Oral Mass in a Cat History and Physical Exam:  An 11-year-old, castrated male domestic shorthair cat presented for evaluation of a rapidly growing mass along his left rostral maxilla. The owners reported that hyperemia of the mucus… Read More

Clinical Case Challenge: Opthalmology (Dog)

Monday, May 14th, 2012

  Challenge:   The right eye of an 8 year old MC German shepherd presented for an annual recheck of his eyes. The nucleus of the lens is noted to be cloudy bilaterally. The rest… Read More

Clinical Case Challenge: Oncology (Dog)

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Cranial Mediastinal Mass in an Old Dog History: An 11 year-old, spayed female Labrador retriever presents for polyuria and polydipsia.  The owners report mild lethargy but the dog is otherwise doing well.  Physical examination reveals… Read More

Clinical Case Challenge: Emergency and Critical Care (Dog)

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Labrador Collapses: What’s Your Diagnosis? History: An eight-year-old, spayed female Labrador retriever presented for evaluation of acute onset of diarrhea and collapse. The owner reported that the dog was completely normal until 3 hours prior to… Read More

Clinical Case Challenge: Anesthesia and Pain (Dog)

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Anesthesia and Pain Case Challenge History: An 8-year-old, 30 kg, mixed-breed dog presents with recent onset of left hind leg lameness.  Radiographs and subsequent biopsy revealed the presence of an osteosarcoma of the distal femur. The… Read More

Learning from Flipper

Monday, July 11th, 2011

How marine mammals are contributing to national security and human medicine