Treatment of Hypothermia in Dogs and Cats

Learn about the possible causes of hypothemia in dogs and cats, the impact on body organs, and life-saving treatment recommendations.   Hypothermia is defined by a core body temperature lower than 35 degree C (95-degree F)[1]. Below this temperature, the body loses more heat than it generates. Hypothermia can be caused by metabolic dysfunction in association with decreased heat production (hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, hypoperfusion, or hypoaldosteronism) or disturbed thermoregulation (intracranial disease, diffuse neurological disease or…

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An Argument for Early Brachycephalic Airway Surgery in Dogs

Brachycephalic dogs commonly present to veterinary hospitals for a variety of reasons. Airway compromise is a common occurrence with even simple procedures making an argument for early intervention for brachycephalic airway surgery. Below is an example of what we see in our emergency rooms and ICU. An Example of Brachycephalic Airway Compromise  A 7-year-old male neutered French Bulldog presents to the hospital for cutaneous mass removal. As many of his breed, he is obese with…

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Heat Stroke in Dogs: A State of Multi-organ Dysfunction

Heat stroke in dogs is a common disorder with life-threatening consequences. This article will review the causes of hyperthermia and the negative impact of high temperatures on organ function. Causes of Hyperthermia in Dogs Hyperthermia is an abnormally high body temperature, and in dogs, it is typically observed between 104.9F – 109.4F. There are two forms of hyperthermia: pyrogenic and non-pyrogenic. With pyrogenic hyperthermia, the body is presented with pyrogens (ex – substances produced from…

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Management of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder (FLUTD)

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorder (FLUTD) describes a clinical syndrome which manifests as pollakiuria, stranguria, and hematuria. Cats also frequently develop a habit of inappropriate elimination, which can hamper the human-animal bond and may result in relinquishment or euthanasia, making understanding of how to treat this a disorder of crucial importance. It is estimated that 5% of cats develop FLUTD, with equal representation between males and females. However, due to anatomical differences, there is a…

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Super Toxic Levels of Xylitol Can Be Found in Chewing Gum

There are new chewing gums on the market, such as Spry® Natural Peppermint Gum, that contain extremely high levels of xylitol, a sugar substitute that is toxic to dogs. Spry® is estimated to contain 1 gram of xylitol per piece which is over three times as high a concentration as other xylitol containing gums such as some types of Trident®. The concentration of xylitol can change and varies greatly between products and companies…

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