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    A 10-year-old female spayed Domestic Shorthair named Penelope presented to Hinsdale Animal Hospital for evaluation after the owners noticed a small bump on her face. The mass had slowly gotten larger over the course of a few weeks. A fine needle aspirate (FNA) and cytology was performed by Dr. Plomin and sent into the laboratory. Results confirmed feline cutaneous mast cell tumor. A mast [...]

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    According to the AVMA: Canine influenza, or dog flu, is a highly contagious infection caused by an influenza A virus. In March 2015, an outbreak started in the Chicago area was determined to be due to an H3N2 strain. This strain had never previously been recognized in the United States, but since this time it has spread to many states and thousands of dogs have tested positive for exposure to [...]

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    Lola is a 2 year old, spayed female, pug that presented to Dr. Buedel at Animal Care Center of Plainfield for straining to urinate and not being able to produce any urine. Her temperature, heart rate, and respiration were all normal. Although, she was painful when her abdomen was palpated. Radiographs were take and revealed a large distended bladder, but there did not seem to be any foreign [...]

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    This weeks case of the week deals with a dog that was urinating all over the house uncontrollably. Mia is a 6 year old female, Yorkie mix who for the past couple weeks, has been urinating small amounts all over the house. The urine had blood in it, but was a very small volume of urine. When Mia first arrived, a urinary tract infection was suspected. Urine was collected to submit for analysis. [...]

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    Zander, a 14-year-old neutered male Domestic Shorthair, presented to Hinsdale Animal Hospital for evaluation after the owners noticed Zander’s breath had become foul smelling. A dental cleaning and examination was scheduled and Dr. Plomin was able to perform a complete oral examination with the patient under anesthesia. Not only was Zander found to have significant dental disease but also, in [...]

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    Nugget is the sweetest 6 year old English Bulldog you'll ever meet! Nugget presented to Animal Care Center for a swollen toe on his back right paw. Nugget's owner had noticed that he would occassionally develop a draining lesion on the toe. Recently the toe has become more swollen and developed a foul odor. Radiographs of the toe showed soft tissue swelling and an area of lytic bone. A culture [...]

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    Mimi is a 2 year old spayed female cat that was presented for a several day history of acting oddly. Her owners noticed that she had been hiding more, cried when picked up, and had a dull hair coat. She was eating and drinking normally. Mimi is an indoor only cat, with no previous history of medical problems, no history of toxin exposure or trauma. On presentation, Mimi’s physical exam was [...]

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    Ripley, a 1 year old female spayed Labrador Retriever, presented for an exam after owners had noted her to have protracted vomiting since the morning. She ate her breakfast and was interested in food but subsequently had vomited the ingested material. Owners believed that she may have ingested a needle that was on the counter but were unsure if this was truly the case. Ripley had also been hacking[...]

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    Bambi, a 7 year female spayed Papillon dog, presented to Oswego Animal Hospital for evaluation of a swelling on her side that the owners noticed the day before. The owners were especially concerned because when they examined the swelling at home, they thought they saw something moving inside of it. On presentation, Bambi’s vitals were stable and she had a red, raised, painful swelling 2 cm in[...]

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    Adam, a 7 year old Great Dane, was presented to Oswego Animal Hospital for a painful abdomen and unsuccessful attempts at vomiting.  On physical examination, his stomach felt enlarged and very firm, he had a rapid, irregular heart rate and was extremely dehydrated. Due to concerns for gastric dilation and volvulus, abdominal x-rays were performed to evaluate for this condition. Gastric dilation[...]

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