Upstate Vet Blog

Update on Grain-Free Diets for Pets

New pet foods often mirror human dietary trends, and the recent surge in low-carbohydrate and gluten-free diets is no exception. Grain-free options fill pet store shelves, leaving many pet owners to question whether they should ...

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Calcium Oxylate Stones

Although it has always been common for us to see urolithiasis in our patients, calcium oxalate stones have definitely been increasing in frequency over the past decade. Unfortunately, these stones cannot be dissolved with medical ...

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Iliopsoas Muscle Injury in Dogs

The iliopsoas muscle is formed by the psoas major and iliacus muscles, which mainly arise from the lumbar vertebrae and ilium. They fuse to insert on the lesser trochanter of the femur. This muscle functions ...

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Indolent Ulcers

Indolent ulcers frequently occur in dogs and are the most common canine eye disorder seen by the UVS Ophthalmology service. They are also referred to as spontaneous chronic corneal epithelial defects (SCCEDs), persistent corneal erosions, ...

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Melanoma – Location, location, location

Melanoma is a malignancy of melanocytes, the cells responsible for producing pigment in the body. While melanomas can occur in many locations on the body the biological behavior of this tumor can vary tremendously with ...

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Radiation Therapy: What can my clients expect?

For most of us in the veterinary field, radiation therapy is a mysterious treatment that occurs elsewhere or it is a modality that a family member or friend underwent. However, because it is so effective ...

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Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome – A Case for Early Intervention

How often do we see an owner present a beautiful English Bulldog, Pug or similar brachycephalic puppy for a routine exam and vaccines and immediately notice that its nares are stenotic? Although the puppy is ...

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Coxofemoral Luxation

Summer is upon us and what better time to enjoy the great outdoors with your pet.  Unfortunately, what quickly comes to mind to those of us in veterinary medicine?  A greater chance for injuries or ...

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Top 3 Dental Lesions in Practice & How to Best Treat

Periodontal Disease According to the American Animal Hospital Association nearly two-thirds of pet owners do not provide the dental care recommended by their veterinarians. Therefore, it is no surprise that 85% of dogs and cats ...

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IMTP Adjunctive or Alternative Immunosuppressant Option

Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia (IMTP) is the destruction of platelets due to the binding of antibodies, resulting in accelerated clearance from circulation. This occurs mainly in the spleen and liver by the mononuclear phagocytic system. Dogs ...

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