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Heat Stroke

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Heat Stroke

By Jai Diggs, DVM   Living in southeast Louisiana has many advantages and disadvantages when it comes to running/training rabbit dogs. One of the largest disadvantages involves dealing with the heat.  I’ve had several fellow beaglers often approach me about concerns for their hounds potentially “over heating”. My goal, whenever I write an article, is to provide the information that can be used to educate my fellow houndsmen on how to keep their hounds healthy.  In this area of the Deep South, we are fortunate enough to...

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Common Muscle Injuries in Canine Athletes

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Common Muscle Injuries in Canine Athletes

By Dr. Luke Peterson, DVM Muscle injuries are more common in athletic dogs than we once thought. Advancements in medical imaging such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT scans) and ultrasound, along with a willingness on the part of those with the financial means to pursue such testing have allowed us to identify and further understand common muscle injuries in canine athletes. This information has helped veterinarians to correlate specific, consistent abnormal physical exam findings to specific muscle injuries. In...

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Canine Prostate Disease

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Canine Prostate Disease

By Dr. Luke Peterson, DVM   I always have a small amount of extra sympathy for an intact male dog when he enters the exam room. A truly thorough physical exam of such a patient requires a digital rectal exam to evaluate the prostate gland. In truth, most male dogs we see are neutered and have very few prostate problems but occasionally we see (and feel) prostate disease in our patients. There are four common disease processes in the canine prostate; benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatic infections resulting in prostatic abscesses and...

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Canine Exercise Induced Muscle Damage

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Canine Exercise Induced Muscle Damage

By Dr. Luke Peterson, DVM For those of us in snow country, an interesting phenomenon occurs in winter. We see a much greater incidence in urinary tract infections as owners have the ability to identify bloody urine. From a clinical mindset there are three things that can be in urine that make urine look “bloody”. The first and most obvious is blood, the second and third are less common but often of greater concern, hemoglobin and myoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen to other cells. Hemoglobin...

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Canine Exercise Induced Muscle Damage

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Canine Exercise Induced Muscle Damage

By Dr. Luke Peterson, DVM For those of us in snow country, an interesting phenomenon occurs in winter. We see a much greater incidence in urinary tract infections as owners have the ability to identify bloody urine. From a clinical mindset there are three things that can be in urine that make urine look “bloody”. The first and most obvious is blood, the second and third are less common but often of greater concern, hemoglobin and myoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen to other cells. Hemoglobin...

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