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A Better Mousetrap

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Can cats help advance cancer treatment where mice have failed? The traditional means of testing a potential treatment for cancer is to get a lab full of mice and conduct controlled experiments that attempt to prevent tumor growth. In the late 1990s, such studies produced a new medication that choked off the blood flow to malignant cells. It was hailed as a wonder drug. “There was literally a headline in the New York Times saying scientists would cure cancer within two years,” says Elizabeth McNiel, a veterinary oncologist at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “It was huge.”

Clinical Case Challenge: Dermatology (Cat)

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Clinical case challenge History: A 5-year-old sprayed female domestic short haired cat is brought to her veterinarian for evaluation of raised pink lesions on the medial thighs of 2 weeks duration.  The owners report that… Read More

The Hurt Unlocker

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Your pet can’t tell you he’s in pain, but the way he behaves can say plenty about how he’s feeling

Not Guilty

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Bad behavior doesn’t land dogs in shelters. It’s long been thought that behavior problems drive the majority of owners to surrender their pets to animal shelters. …the real culprit for surrenders: the owners themselves.

Clinical Case Challenge: Nutrition (Dog)

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Maxy, a 2-year-old spayed female Golden Retriever, presents for her first weigh in after starting a weight loss program. Her initial physical exam reveals no abnormalities other than a body condition score of 9/9 (normal… Read More

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