Saturday, March 31, 2018

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Noise Sensitivity and Pain, Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy, and more ...

Dogs with Noise Sensitivity Should be Routinely Assessed for Pain


Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Noise Sensitivity and Pain, Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy, and more ...

I believe that there is a reason for everything, whether we know what the reason is or not. Why is one dog afraid of loud noises and another is not?

Science is finding more and more connections between the physical and psychological. Not so long ago science was laughing at the notion that gut microbiome could in any way affect the brain. And now they're finding that it does.

So what about noise phobias? A new study is finding a connection between pain and the development of noise phobia. Have you ever have a migraine? Or any kind of pain? How did loud noises bode with you?

The study looked at signs of noise sensitivity in dogs with and without musculoskeletal pain.

"Dogs which show fear or anxiety when faced with loud or sudden noises should be routinely assessed for pain by veterinarians, a new study has found." ~Science News

The study indicates that not only pain can contribute to noise sensitivity, but the resulting stress can cause more pain! Sounds like a self-perpetuating downward spiral. More pain means more anxiety means more pain means more anxiety ...

My mantra is to always look for a physiological reason.

Further reading:
Noise Sensitivities in Dogs: An Exploration of Signs in Dogs with and without Musculoskeletal Pain Using Qualitative Content Analysis

Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) in Dogs – A Bone Growth Disorder

Dr. Christopher Byers/CriticalCareDVM

Hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD) and panosteitis are both metabolic bone diseases behind growing pains in puppies. Either of these problems is most common in rapidly growing large breed dogs. Panosteitis and HOD affect different parts of long bones and happen at a different age. Panosteitis doesn't seem to discriminate between males or females, but HOD is more common in male dogs.

To get an idea how painful HOD might be, consider the fact that it involves bleeding into the bone with subsequent bone death. The problem eventually self-corrects but just imagine.

The cause of HOD is poorly understood; the top suspect is vitamin C deficiency. While dogs can manufacture their own vitamin C, it is theoretized that dogs affected with HOD have some kind of breakdown in the vitamin C synthesis and/or metabolism.

To learn about hypertrophic osteodystrophy, read Dr. Byers' article.

6 Dangers of Stone Fruits for Dogs

Dr. Hanie Elfenbein

6 Dangers of Stone Fruits for Dogs

With some exceptions, such as grapes and raisins which are toxic to dogs, fruits make healthy treats and snacks for dogs. At least the edible parts of them do. Always remove the pits and seeds before giving your dog these snacks. Stone fruits, such as peaches, nectarines or cherries hide a hazardous heart inside.

The dangers associated with stone fruits include broken teeth, damage to the esophagus, choking and obstruction. If chewed up, pits can cause cyanide poisoning. Of course, I don't imagine you'd offer your dog any molded or rotting fruit, but in case you figured it would be ok, don't.

Read Dr. Elfenbein's article to learn why.

The Horrid Signs of an Internal Fungal Infection

Dr. Karen Becker/Mercola Healthy Pets

When talking about fungal infections, the things that likely come to your mind are those that affect the skin such as ringworm or yeast infection.

Unfortunately, fungal infections are not limited to skin, they can cause serious, systemic illness.

Valley fever, a potentially deadly disease is a fungal infection. Cryptococcus spores, yeast, rarely sickens dogs but it can attack the eyes, lungs, brain and other tissues and cause serious illness. Blastomycosis, also a yeast-like fungus, particularly favors dogs, especially large breed males. It likes to go after the lungs, but other organs can get infected.

Fungal infections are no light matter. To learn more, read Dr. Becker's insights.

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