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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
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Diabetes Mellitus

By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney, Tx Diabetes mellitus is the condition seen when glucose increases to dangerously high levels in the bloodstream and urine. Type I diabetes mellitus occurs when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin to control glucose levels. This form is seen primarily in older dogs and cats, with sedentary lifestyles and obesity acting as factors in its development. Type II diabetes is seen when insulin is produced by the pancreas but the body’s cells lose the ability to respond to its actions – this is called insulin resistance. While dogs only develop the Read more
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Animal Hospital McKinney TX: Help Relieve Your Dog’s Itch

If your dog is itching more than normal, then you might think that they have fleas or mites, and you might pay a visit to the animal hospital McKinney TX for flea medication. If the dog’s skin becomes more sensitive, allergies may be the cause, and Stonebridge Animal Hospital can help determine what’s causing the allergies. Some dogs are allergic to pollen or grass, and during allergy season, you could notice your dog itching a lot more than they do during non-allergy season. An oatmeal bath could help until you can see the vet. If your dog is still itching Read more
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Diabetes Insipidus

By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital An increase in an animal’s thirst and frequency of urination is called Polyuria/Polydipsia (PUPD), and we see these symptoms in many diseases. When confronted with a patient exhibiting PUPD, correctly diagnosing a specific illness is often a process of elimination; working to rule out possible causes until the answer becomes apparent. We begin by taking a thorough history of the problem to gain insight into its nature. The next step is to draw blood and obtain a urine sample for testing. In many cases, the answer is found at this step; illness such Read more
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Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia

By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital Autoimmune diseases arise because the body’s immune system begins to mistakenly recognize cells within that body as foreign, and mounts a reaction to eliminate them as it would a bacteria or virus. The result can be destruction of that tissue and disease symptoms caused by the immune reaction itself. These erroneous reactions can target the skin, salivary glands, organs, and various blood cells. It is the red blood cells that the immune system attacks in the condition called Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA). Anemia occurs when cells of the immune system (lymphocytes) target red Read more