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Correct Diagnosis is Important for Treatment of Cranial Cruciate Injuries

Correct Diagnosis is Important for Treatment of Cranial Cruciate Injuries By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney,Tx Damaged cranial cruciate ligaments comprise a large proportion of the rear leg lameness we see in dogs. Detecting the degree to which these structures are injured is a key consideration in devising the most appropriate treatment protocol, and using the proper technique is essential in making this diagnosis. In many cases, the owners have no idea how the injury occurred; the dogs are often running and playing in the yard and are seen favoring one of the rear legs when they come Read more
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Dog Itching Treatment

We’ve got some important news about two new medications that we can highly recommend to counteract allergic dermatitis in dogs. These drugs have been a long time in development, but are finally available to veterinarians and they are changing the way we approach allergy in dogs. Apoquel is a daily tablet and Cytopoint is an injection that is effective for anywhere from four to eight weeks in alleviating the itch caused by allergic dermatitis. These medications are immunosuppressants that interrupt different points along the cascade of events that occurs when an allergic reaction is stimulated, effectively blocking the itch sensation Read more
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Environmental Control Measures in Treatment of Dermatophytosis (Ringworm)

Confine pets to a room that is easy to clean and disinfect. Thoroughly vacuum floors and furniture to remove infected hairs and spores. Discard or empty vacuum cleaner bag. Wash hardwood/concrete floors and other contact surfaces with detergent and water. Dust other surfaces with Swiffer cloths to remove spores. Launder (hot water wash with hot dryer) area rugs, animal bedding, and bed linens. Launder, disinfect, or discard pet toys and grooming aids. Disinfect hard floor surfacing with bleach solution (1 part bleach : 30 parts water). Vacuum and disinfect, if possible, any vehicles and transport cages used for pets. Repeat Read more
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Ring Worm

Ring Worm By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney,Tx The term “ringworm” refers to a fungal infection that can involve the skin, hair, and toenails in animals and humans. It is concerning when we diagnose pets with ringworm due to the possibility of spread to family members. There are three fungal organisms responsible for the vast majority of infections in animals, and all are transmissible to humans. These are Trichophyton Mentographytes, Microsporum canis, and Microsporum gypseum. These fungal organisms that affect the skin, hair, and nails are known as Dermatophytes; the correct term for infection is actually dermatophytosis. The Read more
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Pug Rear Leg Weakness

Hind Limb Weakness/Paralysis in Chinese Pugs By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney,Tx Spinal disorders can afflict dogs of any breed. Common symptoms usually include weakness of the rear legs (paresis) that can lead to paralysis, a decreased sensation of rear leg positioning (proprioceptive deficits), along with urinary and fecal incontinence. Some conditions cause pain while other dogs are pain free. Spinal conditions that can cause these symptoms include: intervertebral disc disease, spondylosis deformans, hemivertebra, neoplasia, fibrocartilage embolus, spinal cyst, meningomyelitis, degenerative myelopathy, syringomyelia, and subarachnoid diverticulum. These are all spinal problems that we’ve been aware of for quite Read more
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Nutritional Supplements

Innovative Enhancement in Patient Care By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney,Tx A conscientious doctor constantly searches for new and innovative ways to improve patient care. I have discovered a fabulous line of supplements that has proven to help our patients in a variety of ways, and have implemented them where beneficial in our protocols. These products were originally designed for human use; predominately to neutralize the effects of aging. I figure it this way: if they’re efficacious and safe in humans, then they should be good enough for our patients! Among the wide range of benefits that these Read more
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Blepharitis

Blepharitis: Infection of the Eyelids By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney,Tx Blepharitis, or infection of the eyelids, can arise secondary to several common disorders; but the resulting infection can be challenging to control whatever the cause. Skin and follicles of the eyelashes make up the outer layer of the lids. A middle layer contains glands that produce an oily substance that lubricates the eyes (Meibomian glands). Each gland connects to a duct that delivers the lubricant through openings at the lid margins. An inner portion of each lid consists of the conjunctival membrane, which allows contact of the Read more
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Stem Cell Therapy

Gold Standard Treatment for Arthritis By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital Veterinary recommendations to alleviate arthritic pain in our patients have changed over a lot over the years.  In the case of hip dysplasia, for example, we’ve progressed from prescribing pain mediation and decreased exercise a few years ago to treatments that actually remove the discomfort and enable a more normal lifestyle.  The days of just providing pain meds are over. A surgical procedure called the Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy (FHO) was the next best option available for these dogs.  This procedure called for surgical amputation of the Read more
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Helping Brachycephalics Breathe

By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney, Tx Canasta spent a recent night at the emergency clinic where she was on oxygen because she struggled so mightily to breathe. She transferred to our hospital the next morning, and we placed her on oxygen and managed to take radiographs of her throat and chest, and we also drew blood for testing. A quick examination revealed that her nostrils were virtually closed, making the passage of air very difficult (stenotic nares).       These stenotic nares make it impossible for air passage.               Once Read more
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McKinney Veterinarian: What an Expert Witness Can Add to Your Defense

When a McKinney veterinarian is facing the loss of their license due to an investigation, they need top-notch legal representation so they can continue to dedicate their career to helping animals. Having an expert witness or a second opinion as part of your defense can be invaluable to the success of your case. An expert witness can help the defense of your veterinarian client by providing testimony that is based on sufficient facts and data and is a product of reliable principles and methods. If you are a veterinarian facing a lawsuit, Dr. Mapes of Stonebridge Animal Hospital can help. He Read more