Saturday, June 16, 2018

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Monoclonal Antibody Therapy, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, and more ...

Canine Lymphoma Update

Dr. Sue Ettinger

"You may have heard it's coming, and now it's here: monoclonal antibody therapy to assist in the treatment of lymphoma in your canine veterinary patients." ~Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM

Monoclonal antibodies lymphoma has been around for people for a while. The exciting news is that now there is a version to treat B-cell lymphoma in dogs.

Even it doesn't replace chemotherapy but it's being used in conjunction with it. The way it works is that it flags the cancerous cells to highlight them to the immune system for destruction.

Further reading:
Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for Canine Lymphoma

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Monoclonal Antibody Therapy, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, and more ...

Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs – When the Heart Becomes Too Big

Dr. Christopher Byers

There is one organ your dog can survive without but the heart is not it. Without a properly functioning heart, blood cannot circulate properly. Blood is what carries oxygen and nutrients to all body cells.

Dilated cardiomyopathy is the most common disease of the heart muscle in dogs. It has a genetic component but nutrition can have its impact as well.

I was going to explain what this condition is but found this fantastic video which does a superb job. I could never possible beat their explanation. If you want to understand what happens with this condition, watch it.

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

Green Gunk In Your Dog’s Eye – Let’s Talk about “Dry Eye,” or KCS

Dr. Karen Louis

Dry eye is pretty much what it says--a dry eye. However, it can be an incredibly frustrating condition to deal with.

Dry eye is the result of insufficient tear production. The job of tears is to lubricate, debride, and protect the eye. Without that, you end up with inflamed eyes vulnerable to damage and infection. To protect the eyes, the body tries to make up for the lack of tears by producing extra mucus--which is greenish in color. Hence, green gunk in the eyes. Not really the brightest idea.

A diagnosis is pretty straightforward; treatment, on the other hand, far from it.

To learn more about dry eye and what can be done about it, read Dr. Louis' article.

How Do You Know When Your Dog Needs to Go Potty?

Dr. Jean Dodds

How do you know your dog needs to go potty?

My observation is that every dog has their own way to communicate their wants and needs [or not]. Jasmine and Cookie are great communicators. They also know to keep trying different things until one of them works. Jasmine could get quite creative.

JD did okay but had two things to try and when neither of them worked he never invented the third one. Bruin was a terrible communicator. He'd go to the door and stand there. That was it. If somebody noticed, he got to go out to potty. If nobody noticed ... you get the picture.

We tried to help him out by installing a bell on the door. It took Jasmine 20 minutes to figure out how to use it and 2 hours to figure out how to abuse it. Bruin never even noticed it there, I don't think.

Bottom line, you cannot expect same communication with different dogs. There are, however, things you can do to help both of you out.

Read Dr. Dodd's article to find out what her tips are.

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