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Posted by: Doris M. Miller, DVM, PhD
The importance of the veterinarian’s role in animal cruelty cases has recently been highlighted in the news media and numerous journals. In December, the AVMA endorsed a document called “Practical Guidance for the Effective Response by Veterinarians to Suspected Animal Cruelty, Abuse and Neglect” which is intended to aid veterinarians in establishing individual, practice-specific policies and procedures that best serve the needs of the animal, the client, the veterinarian and the community. Continue Reading →
Posted by: Paula M. Krimer, DVM, DVSc, DACVP
Canine mast cell tumors have been graded in North America predominantly by the Patnaik system since the system was proposed in 1984.1 The goal of a grading system is to provide an accurate prognosis and guidance for proper therapeutic intervention. This system classifies tumors into grade I (well-differentiated), II (intermediate), or III (poorly differentiated) based on criteria outlined in Table 1. However, most mast cell tumors fall into the grade II category, and the prognosis and course of treatment often remain uncertain. Some tumors do not meet the criteria for a grade III tumor due to low mitotic rate, yet are still biologically aggressive. In addition, there is some variation in how individual pathologists use and apply this grading system. Continue Reading →
Posted by: Cathy Brown, VMD, PhD, DACVP and Scott A. Brown, VMD, PhD, DACVIM
Kidney disease is a leading cause of illness and death in dogs and cats. Treatment of acute and chronic kidney disease is most effective when the disease is recognized early in its course and when treatment is instituted with knowledge of the underlying disease process. To aid in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease, the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is now offering renal diagnostic and treatment expertise through its newly established Renal Pathology Consultation Service. Continue Reading →
Posted by: Jeremiah T. Saliki, DVM, PhD, DACVM
Canine distemper virus (CDV) infects and causes disease in domestic dogs and many wild carnivores, including coyotes, ferrets, foxes, lions, mink, raccoons, and skunks. Although sustained vaccination of domestic dog populations has greatly reduced the incidence of canine distemper, the disease is still prevalent worldwide and now occurs in sporadic outbreaks. Young puppies between 3 and 6 months of age are more susceptible to infection and undergo more severe disease than adult dogs. However, non-vaccinated older dogs are also highly susceptible to infection and disease. Continue Reading →
Posted by: Moges Woldemeskel, DVM, PhD, DACVP & Eloise L. Styer, PhD
Many cedar waxwings were found dead in a yard in Thomas County, Georgia, in April, 2009. Five of these submitted to the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory, where they were examined grossly and microscopically. Continue Reading →

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