Liver Disease or Adrenal Disease

“Dear Dr. Shawn: “My veterinarian says my dog has liver disease and he’s recommending a biopsy, yet my pet looks and feels fine. Is the biopsy really necessary?” Answer: ”Before you your pet has a liver biopsy, it’s important to make sure that the diagnosis is correct. In my practice, I often see pets whose prior veterinarians had diagnosed “liver…

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Q&A on Anal Sac Problems

Dear Dr. Shawn: “My cocker spaniel Noodles always has anal sac problems. At least once each month he goes to the veterinarian to have his sacs expressed. I’d like to have surgery on them to have them removed, but his veterinarian is against this. What are your thoughts?” Answer: “Anal sac disease is very common in smaller breeds of dogs…

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Common Tumors

A recent article highlighted the tumors most commonly seen in dogs and cats. These include lipomas (benign fatty tumors,) intradermal cysts, papillomas (warts,) lymphoma (cancer of the lymph system,) and mast cell tumors (another common cancer.) Because the last 2 tumors look and feel the same as lipomas, it’s important that all lumps and bumps be aspirated for a proper…

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