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Cataracts in Dogs and cats

In this episode, Dr. Kristen Fischer, board certified veterinary ophthalmologist discusses the importance of early diagnosis, the different causes, and treatments of cataracts in pets. Genetic predisposition and diabetes are the most common causes of cataracts in dogs, whereas inflammation causes cataracts in cats. Early detection and treatment are essential and can be achieved by routine eye exams conducted by a veterinarian. Treatment options available include surgery, which has a success rate of around 90%. In cases where surgery isn’t possible, maintaining comfort for the pet is key. The positive impact of this treatment in pets is highlighted through a special story about a rescue dog named Ethel. Dr. Fischer also denotes the annual initiative by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists that provides free eye exams for service animals globally.

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Symmetric Lupoid Onychitis

Symmetric lupoid onychitis (SLO) is a rare autoimmune disease of dogs. In this disease, the immune system, which usually keeps the body safe from germs and cancer cells, decides the connections between the claws and the skin should be attacked. This leads to easily damaged and ripped off claws in affected dogs. In this episode, veterinary dermatologist Dr. Brittany Lancellotti discusses why this occurs, what treatments may be recommended, and what to expect during the treatment process.

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Itchy Pet Awareness Month – Stella and the Allergic Cat

August is Itchy Pet Awareness Month. When it comes to itchy cats and dogs, the pets are not the only ones suffering. Caregiver burden is directly related to treatment complexity and treating allergies can be very complex. Dr. Meagan Painter, veterinary dermatologist, founder of The Allergic Dog and The Allergic Cat, and pet owner of her own allergic cat, talks about Stella and how managing her cat’s allergies has been a learning process for them both.

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Common Dog Toxins

Ingestion of toxic substances is a common reason for emergency room visits for dogs. One of the best ways for pet owners to prevent pet health emergencies is to be knowledgeable about common toxins in and around the home. Emergency veterinarian Dr. Christine Klippen discusses some of the most common toxins for dogs in part one of this two part episode.

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