Saturday, August 26, 2017

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Multiple Myeloma, Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis, and more ...

Multiple Myeloma in Dogs and Cats – A Cancer of the Immune System

Dr. Christopher Byers/CriticalCareDVM

Photo Kat Jayne

Multiple myeloma is a relatively uncommon cancer of specialized cells in the body called plasma B cells. The main function of these cells is secretion of antibodies. Affected cells build up in the bone marrow, crowding out healthy blood cells. Instead of antibodies, they also produce abnormal proteins that then invade adjacent tissues. It can also lead to kidney damage.

To learn more about this condition, read Dr. Byer's article.

Dr. Becker Discusses Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis

Dr. Karen Becker/MercolaHealthyPets

Fear Free Approach is Thriving

Dr. Nancy Kay/Spot Speaks

Going to a vet clinic can be scary enough - the smells, the sounds, the instruments. Jasmine hated needles. She even knew which drawer they were hiding in. But she still loved going to see a vet, in spite of all the things that landed her in there in the first place, as well as things that would take place once inside. All our dogs always loved seeing a vet.

Jasmine's vet practiced fear-free care long before it became "a thing." Removing fear from veterinary visits benefits all parties. The dogs, the owners, and the veterinary staff.

Is your clinic fear free?

What Is Shaking Puppy Syndrome?

Dr. Katy Nelson/petMD

Shaking and trembling is high up on my list of red flags, particularly in puppies. Now, some dogs can shake from excitement. Daughter's Chi did. A dog can shake from being cold, though I have not seen that yet. Some of the scarier and more dangerous things behind shaking can be hypoglycemia, pain, poisoning, a liver or kidney issue, neurologic issue, metabolic issue ...

There is, though, a condition that causes shaking your puppy could be born with. That is the shaking puppy syndrome, or hypomyelination. Myelin is a protective "coating" of nerves. You could think of it as the plastic sleeve electrical cords have. When this protection is too thin, it messes with electrical impulses and causes the nerves and muscles to malfunction.

To learn more about this condition, check out Dr. Nelson's article.

Dr. Becker Asks: Would You Ever Foster a Pet?

Dr. Marty Becker

Photo Alexander Dummer

Fostering saves lives. How do you feel about the idea?

Since JD's passing, we were contemplating whether we shall adopt or foster Cookie's next buddy. Our minds are pretty much made up that we will foster. Unfortunately, this will have to wait until we have passable conditions, including a fenced area. But once that is all in place, we are most likely to start fostering. What about you?

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