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Ebola Virus Outbreaks and Veterinary Considerations

What is Ebola virus disease? Ebola virus disease (EVD) is also known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever. EVD is a severe contagious disease affecting humans, non-human primates and some domestic species (e.g. pigs). It can be transmitted to humans through direct contact with blood, tissues, body fluids and secretions from an infected animal or human, and…

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The Best Things in Life

“But it was a free kitten!” Substitute dog, horse, rabbit, chicken, hamster, goat, or narwhal for “kitten” and you will have one of the most common responses heard by nearly every veterinarian upon providing an estimate for medical services. When my filter slips, I’ve been known to answer this complaint with “Not anymore!” However, the implicit perspective,…

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Senility in Dogs

Cognitive behavior issues include difficulties with spatial orientation (a sense of direction while moving around); problems with memory, learning, housetraining; and difficulty in recognizing and reacting to human family members. Pet owners have long been frustrated by age-related behavior changes, including house-training problems, apparent memory loss, disorientation, confusion, staring, wandering, getting stuck in corners, sleep…

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Pet Health Insurance: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good:  Many options now exist that make the cost of insuring your pet’s health quite affordable.  Policies range from less than $300 to over $600 per year. The Bad:  You usually get what you pay for!  Policies that promise the world for peanuts and seem too good to be true almost certainly are.  Insurance…

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Lick Granuloma in Dogs

Lick granuloma (also called acral lick granuloma, acral lick dermatitis, acral pruritic nodule, and ALD) is a common, stubborn skin disease. It is caused by a dog repeatedly licking an area of the body, usually the lower leg. The chronic, localized self-trauma leads to irritation of the skin, resulting in open sores. Lick granulomas may be mistaken…