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What are Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs?

What are Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs? By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney, Texas What are Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs? Mast cells are involved in the body’s response to allergens and inflammation.They are the source of histamine and proteolytic enzymes (substances that degrade foreign proteins), and also stimulate angiogenesis, or the generation of new blood vessels.They can be found in the skin, intestinal tract, and the lungs; but primary tumors develop most commonly in the skin and may then spread to other tissues. Mast cell tumors (MST) are now the most common skin tumors seen in dogs, Read more
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What is Addison’s Disease in Pets

Addison’s Disease: Hypoadrenocorticism in Pets By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney, Texas What is Addison’s Disease in Pets Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) is a life threatening condition that can occur in any dog but is most frequently seen in large breed, deep-chested dogs with narrow waists. Great Danes and Doberman Pincers are especially at risk. This condition, also known as “bloat,” arises when the stomach twists out of its normal position. This twisting (volvulus) prevents escape of stomach gases and also pinches off blood vessels to the stomach. Addison’s Syndrome Symptoms in Pets: Lethargy Lack of appetite (anorexia) Read more
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Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat)

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat) By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney, Texas What is GDV in Dogs? Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) is a life threatening condition that can occur in any dog but is most frequently seen in large breed, deep-chested dogs with narrow waists. Great Danes and Doberman Pincers are especially at risk. This condition, also known as “bloat,” arises when the stomach twists out of its normal position. This twisting (volvulus) prevents escape of stomach gases and also pinches off blood vessels to the stomach. Note the abdominal swelling in this patient with GDV. Patient is being Read more
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Cushing’s Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment

Cushing’s Syndrome: Diagnosis and Treatment By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney,Tx Symptoms of Cushing’s Syndrome in Pets Increases in thirst (polydipsia), urination (polyuria), and appetite (polyphagia) are symptoms seen in a number of diseases, and one of the most important of those is called Cushing’s Syndrome. This is also called hyperadrenocorticism. Notice the hair loss and “pot-belly” appearance of this dog with Cushing’s Syndrome.    The signs of Cushing’s are caused by an overproduction of cortisol (cortisone) by the body’s adrenal glands. This excessive cortisol also causes decreased immune response to infection, thinning of the skin, symmetrical hair Read more
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Dermatophytosis: Ringworm

Dermatophytosis : Ringworm By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney,Tx The skin disorder called ringworm is not actually caused by a worm, rather it is a fungal infection within the skin that often spreads outward from a central area and has a red ring of inflamed skin around it. The infection is caused by one of two fungal organisms, called dermatophytes. These are Microsporum canis and Trichophyton mentographytes.    These infections are quite contagious between animals and humans, so it’s wise to have the skin checked whenever a suspicious lesion appears. Infection can easily spread between pets and people Read more
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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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Stenotic Nares and Overlong Soft Palate Corrective Surgery

Animals with shortened noses and blunt faces are called the brachycephalic breeds. This group includes Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Boxers, Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, Pekingese, and even Mastiffs. Persians are examples of brachycephalic cats. These are among my favorite pets because they’re so friendly and fun-loving, but they’re also well known for the snorting, gurgling, and drooling that is a result of airway restrictions caused by their shortened nasal passages. This breathing difficulty becomes a chronic problem as they’re forced to struggle for breath, and in some cases can even be life threatening. This is known as the Brachycephalic Upper 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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Digestive Upset and Visiting the Animal Hospital in McKinney, TX

It seems like the more we know about dog health, the more there is to watch out for. If your dog spends time outdoors, there are dangers that you may not know exist. Locale can be an issue for dogs eating critters that they shouldn’t. In the southern states, your dog could try to eat a lizard or a small frog. These tiny critters can cause digestive upset in your dog and some shots might be required. Even if you don’t live in these areas, keep an eye on what your dog is getting into. If you think your dog has eaten something they shouldn’t have, call Stonebridge Animal Hospital to Read more