Saturday, December 2, 2017

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Dr. Becker's Interview with the Queen of Poop, and more ...

Dog Dementia New Treatment Offers Promising Results

Dr. Anna Coffin/Guthrie Animal Hospital

When your best friend starts losing who they are, and maybe even doesn't recognize you, it is heartbreaking. Yes, it can happen to dogs, and it is called canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS).

Out of 18% of dogs over eight years of age are affected, but only 1.9% are ever diagnosed. The sad part is that there are treatments which can slow the progression which all the undiagnosed dogs never get to benefit from.

In her article, Dr. Coffin shares a great tool which can help owners to assess the mental acuity of their dog. In addition to existing treatments, Purina has put together a veterinary diet for the treatment of CDS which has shown good results. Would I feed that formula? Not likely. But that doesn't mean that one cannot look at what they have in it and work with their veterinarian or nutritionist on incorporating some of these things into their dog's diet.

What is quite interesting is the use of medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oils. Ever read about the benefits of coconut oil? Ha. The other beneficial nutrients could also be worked into any raw or cooked diet, some of them are most likely already present.

But it's good to know that such prescription diet is out there, as well as the science on the subject is out there.

If for no other reason, read Dr. Coffin's article to learn how to recognize when your dog's mind might start declining.

What Does Your Pet’s Poop Tell you? Let’s ask the Queen of Poop!

Dr. Marty Becker

Why are veterinarians and dog people obsessed with dog poop? Why am I? Yes, I'm one of them. I pay close attention to my dog(s)' poop all the time. There is a lot of information poop can provide. Not only its consistency and color but also its content. And not just the content visible to a plain eye, such as evidence of your dog's non-culinary adventures. Besides the typical stuff, such as the presence of intestinal parasites, you can have your dog's poop tested to find out how well they digest their food, or what pathogens might be present. But there is even more to be learned.

"In the future, I think we’ll have tests for non-pathogenic bacteria, and be able to look at a puppy and kitten’s microbiome (the population of bacteria living in the gut) and predict whether this puppy or kitten will be more susceptible to obesity, digest issues, or other diseases when they’re older. We’re not quite there yet, but there will be some very exciting things in the veterinary area in the future." ~Dr. Czarnecki-Maulden aka the Queen of Poop!

If you're at all interested in learning about the wealth of information hiding in your dog's poop,  read Dr. Marty Becker's interview with the Queen of Poop.

Related articles:
What’s in the Poop? (Part I - Consistency) 
What’s in the Poop? (Part II - Color) 

Subaortic Stenosis in Dogs and Cats – An Important Congenital Heart Defect

Dr. Christopher Byers/CriticalCareDVM

Subaortic stenosis is one of a relatively congenital heart defects in dogs. The breeds most susceptible include English Bulldogs, Boxers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, and Samoyeds.

Because it affects the heart function, the common signs are pretty scary and dangerous, starting with weakness, difficulty breathing, exercise intolerance, fainting and even sudden death, depending on the severity of the defect.

In his article, Dr. Byers does a great job explaining this condition, how it's diagnosed and how it can be treated.

5 Things You Need to Know About Smoosh Faced Dogs

Dr. Andy Roark/Cone of Shame

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