How You Can Help Us Make a Diagnosis of Your Pet’s Problem, Part 6—Diarrhea

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On an almost daily basis at Long Beach Animal Hospital, we are presented with a dog or a cat that has diarrhea or a change in bowel-movement habits. As we all know, this is something that is not uncommon...
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How You Can Help Us Make a Diagnosis of Your Pet’s Problem, Part 5, Vomiting

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Vomiting, called emesis, is common in dogs and cats. Sometimes, vomiting is a normal part of being a dog or a cat; other times, it is the symptom of significant disease. Making a distinction can be difficult.
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How You Can Help Us Make a Diagnosis of Your Pet’s Problem, Part 4—Activity and Behavior

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The next parameter you should measure closely at home is your pet’s activity level. Again, during the warmer months, the larger pets and those with long and heavy hair coats might be lethargic because of the weather and not...
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How You Can Help Us Make A Diagnosis of Your Pet’s Problem, Part 3: Breathing

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In almost every case of significant respiratory disease, there will be an increase in the respiratory rate early in the course of the illness.
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How You Can Help Us Make a Diagnosis of Your Pet’s Problem, Part 2: Appetite

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Monitoring for any changes in appetite is the first sign in any observation of illness in a pet. The medical term for a complete lack of appetite is anorexia.
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How You Can Help Diagnose Your Pet’s Problem, Part 1

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Photo by Fotol Eldar. Diagnosing a disease in animals is quite the challenge, and we need to be like Sherlock Holmes at times. Our patients cannot talk to us, and they have substantially different anatomies and physiologies, with different...
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Anemia in Animals, Part 3—Diagnosis of Anemia

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This is the third in a series of articles about anemia in pets. In the last two, Dr. Palazzolo laid out the anatomy of a blood cell and discussed the physiology of anemia itself. This article covers the disease’s diagnosis.

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Anemia in Animals, Part 2—Physiology of the Red Blood Cell (RBC)

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 Last week, Dr. Palazzolo gave us an anatomy of the red blood cell. This article, part 2 of a series on anemia in pets, will tell us about how the blood cells are processed and how veterinarians examine them.

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Anemia in Animals, Part 1—Anatomy of the Red Blood Cell (RBC)

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Almost everyone has heard of anemia, but few people really understand what it is. When one of our doctors tells a client that their dog or cat has anemia, they invariably want to know what vitamin to give to...

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Fluid Therapy in Animals—Part 3

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In part 3 of his fluid-therapy series, Dr. Palazzolo gives a step-by-step guide for pet owners who choose to administer fluids to an animal with renal disease. It’s not as difficult as you may think.

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