Saturday, March 3, 2018

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Hookworms, Vaccines, and more ...

Hookworms in Dogs and Cats – Blood-Sucking Parasites in our Pets

Dr. Christopher Byers/CriticalCareDVM

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Hookworms, Vaccines, and more ...

Nobody likes creepy crawlies of any sort, particularly the blood-sucking kind. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Some go after the skin but some cozy up on the inside. Just because you can't see something, it doesn't make it less real, or dangerous.

Top Veterinary Articles: Hookworms in Dogs and Cats – Blood-Sucking Parasites in our Pets
Image: Wikimedia Commons

Unlike roundworms or tapeworms, hookworms are very tiny. Yet, they can be lethal, particularly to puppies. That's because they feast on blood. With enough of them, a puppy can die of anemia.

Symptoms, therefore, include lethargy, pale mucous membranes, weakness, and diarrhea. Diagnosis and treatment are relatively easy, but without treatment, puppies often die.

To learn about hookworms, read Dr. Byers' article.
To learn about symptoms to watch for in your dog, grab a copy of my book.


Why You Should Consider “Drastic” Measures for Your Pet’s Cancer

Dr. Cherie Buisson/Dr. Andy Roark blog

How far would you go to treat if your dog got cancer? How would you decide? What are "drastic" measures and why would you even consider that?

There are drastic measures by which one might keep their dog alive by all means, unable to let go. I do believe there is time to let go. But this article is about drastic measures that are not really as drastic as it seems--amputation. What could be more drastic than amputation, you might ask?

Why You Should Consider “Drastic” Measures for Your Pet’s Cancer
A Tripawd dog can live a full life. Photo Tripawds

When it comes to bone cancer, amputation can actually dramatically not only prolong your dog's life but also improve their quality of life. As crazy as it sounds, it is true for most dogs. Many can live very full, happy lives with three legs.

Read Dr. Buisson's pro-amputation argument.
To learn more about dog limb amputees, check out Tripawds blog.


Vaccine Issues and WSAVA Guidelines 2015-2017

Dr. Jean Dodds

Not a day goes by when vaccinations topic isn't on the table. The need for them, and the downside of them. There are two extremes, with one advocating for no vaccinations at all, and the other wants to vaccinate against everything every year. And then there are those in the middle.

The extreme views, to me, are equivalent to being stranded in the ocean, trying to decide whether to die from thirst or drink the ocean water. No matter what you choose, you're going to die. The middle ground is the sensible place to be, particularly with the high-population, crowded environments we live in.

Dr. Dodds' article provides a thorough overview of the topic as presented at The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA). If you want to get your vaccination learn on, I recommend you read the article thoroughly.


Xylitol Toxicity in a Dog: Why this Additive is so Dangerous and What To Do if Your Pet Ingests It

Dr. Krista Magnifico

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