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    Salem is a 9-month-old, male, Domestic Shorthair cat that initially presented for an exam due to a 2 day history of lethargy. The owner expressed that Salem was just not acting like his normal self but was still eating, drinking, defecating, and urinating normally. The owner did not know of anything that Salem could have consumed around the house (i.e. toys, plants, foreign objects, etc.) to cause[...]

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    Kristoff, the Kitten, and Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

    Kristoff, an approximately 5 month old kitten, was found as a stray with a limp and brought into Animal Care Center of Plainfield. This kitten was non-weight bearing on his left hindlimb. X-rays showed that Kristoff either had a rare condition called Legg-Calve-Perthes disease or possibly an old fracture to the joint. It is likely that Kristoff's leg had been damaged for a long time and he had [...]

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    The “Dutchess” Of The Giants

    Dutchess is approximately a 2-year-old female spayed Cane Corso mix (rescue) who presented to OAH for right forelimb lameness. The owner reported that Dutchess fell down a flight of stairs a few days prior and was limping on her right leg. She also noted that Dutchess’ right elbow appeared to be swollen. The owner had no other complaints and stated that she was otherwise a healthy, large breed [...]

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    Tasha: A Case of Pyometra

    Tasha, a 10-year-old intact female English Mastiff, presented to ACC of Plainfield on recommendation from their routine veterinarian. Tasha had been lethargic for the past 72 hours and over the last 24 hours began refusing food. Her owners noticed she seemed uncomfortable, continuously repositioning herself and never seeming to be able to relax or get comfortable. Additionally, that morning they [...]

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    Pepper: A Case of Hydronephrosis

    Pepper, a 10 month female spayed mixed breed dog, presented to the Animal Care Center of Polaris for a few days duration of a slightly reduced appetite.  Given her non-specific signs, blood work was performed.  Initial lab work (complete blood count, chemistry profile, and urinalysis) showed a mild elevation in SDMA (early biomarker of kidney disease) and a very mild amount of crystals (calcium [...]

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    Wendy, the Sock Thief

    Wendy, a six month old Bernese Mountain Dog, was presented after a long weekend with the babysitter. On Wendy’s first day back home with her family, she defecated two socks. Her owner’s were startled but she was still playful and happy. A few days later, though, she also vomited up two more socks (none of which matched the previously vomited socks) and started to have watery diarrhea. Wendy's [...]

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    Risk and Reward – Open Fracture Repair

    Fiona, a 3 year old Greyhound, presented on emergency after a frightening encounter with a truck – this sweet girl was hit by a car.  While she was in shock from the event, this lucky dog did not have any major damage to her internal organs – her right front leg was another story.  Hanging limply from the middle of her forearm, radiographs confirmed a complete fracture of her radius and [...]

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    Persistent Right Aortic Arch (PRAA)

      PRAA is a congenital abnormality of the blood vessels of the heart. It can constrict the esophagus and cause dysfunction.  It is more common in dogs than cats. The earlier it is diagnosed and treated (surgically) the better the prognosis. Unfortuantely for Ellie, with poor prognosis differentials and financial constraints, this abnormality lead to her demise. Ellie , a 6 month [...]

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    Abigail, The Tripod Puppy!

    Abigail, a 7 month old female poodle, was presented late one evening with a bone sticking out of her right arm. Her arm had been wrapped with nylon gloves and packing tape to cover the exposed bone. The owners had noted that Abigail had originally fallen down the stairs about a week and a half earlier. Abigail had soon began self-mutilating her arm and was rushed to the hospital. Abigail was [...]

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    But I never see fleas!

    Many pets suffer from allergies, and it can be a real battle to find the cause. If you have never seen a flea, believing your veterinarians when they suspect flea allergy dermatitis can be difficult. However, flea allergy dermatitis is one of the most common reasons dogs and cats itch. Even in the absence of fleas, these critters could still be responsible for an itchy pet! Sometimes [...]

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