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Small Animal Clinical Case Challenges

Treatment and Monitoring of Sammy’s Chronic Diarrhea and Lethargy

Sammy, an eight- month -old, Chihuahua, presented to Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for an endoscopy and gastrointestinal biopsy due to chronic diarrhea and lethargy. Lab work revealed ongoing blood loss was an issue. Sammy was referred to the Anesthesia Service for treatment and monitoring. Sammy’s very small size made his treatment plan complicated as determining the precise amount of medication was vital to assure a successful outcome.

Clinical case challenge: Diagnosis and Treatment of Molly’s Anal Sac

Molly, an 11 ½-year-old female Golden Retriever was referred to Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for the treatment of an anal sac mass discovered on a routine physical examination. A complete diagnostic workup was completed for this type of cancer to confirm the diagnosis. Learn about the approach taken during our clinical assessment, appropriate research and treatment options available and how Molly was ultimately treated. (Learn more)

Treating Buster’s Demodicosis and Making Changes Along the Way

Buster, a two-year-old castrated male Staffordshire bull terrier mix, presented to Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine with a five-month history of generalized demodicosis with secondary bacterial folliculitis and a progressive worsening of his skin condition. While Buster’s treatment regimen was consistent with standard treatment protocols, it didn’t appear to be benefiting him. Buster had developed alopecia and was appearing more lethargic as well. What could have been causing these changes? Learn More

Flight Trouble: To Trim or Not to Trim

Clinical Case Challenge: Schatzi (Cockatiel) Prepared by: Jennifer Graham, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian / Exotic Companion Mammal), Dipl. ACZM Zoological Companion Animal Medicine History Shatzi, an 8-year-old male cockatiel, presented to his referring veterinarian with… Read More

Clinical Case Challenge: Internal Medicine (Cat)

Prepared by: Orla Mahony, MVB, DACVIM, DECVIM Case Description Harry, a 9-year-old male castrated FIV positive, DSH cat, presented to the Internal Medicine Service at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary… Read More

Second Opinion at Tufts Saves Shayla’s Life

They say big things come in small packages. Well, you can say the same for big diseases. Granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis or GME is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, which effects many small breed dogs and one which very few people know anything about. When Veronica was asked to tell her story about Shayla, she jumped at the chance as this became a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of this little known and often fatal disease. Pet parents should always be vigilant for any unusual signs of illness in their pets. In cases of GME, Veronica Morrison would encourage you to be aware of signs or symptoms, such as stumbling, circling, torticollis (head turning) or an uneven gait. And Veronica is thrilled to report that with Tufts’ expert clinical services, Shayla was diagnosed early enough and her story has a happy ending.

Clinical Case Challenge: Radiation Oncology (Dog)

Oscar, a 10-year-old male castrated Yorkshire terrier, presented to the Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings School Radiation Oncology Service for a several month history of nasal signs. Oscar’s owners initially noted increased sneezing… Read More

Clinical Case Challenge: Animal Behavior Clinic (Dog)

Case Description A 2.5-year-old miniature dachshund named Otto, presented to the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University for the sudden onset of aggression to his owners. The aggression consisted… Read More

Clinical Case Challenge: Ophthalmology (Dog)

Case description A 4-year-old male, neutered, mix breed dog, Canon, presented to the Ophthalmology Service at Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals for a two-month history of ocular redness and discharge involving the left eye… Read More