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Small Animal Case Challenge

  • Clinical Case Challenge: Vomiting, Azotemia, Elevated Liver Enzymes
    An 11-week old female Golden Retriever presented for vomiting, azotemia, and elevated liver enzymes. ... read more
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Severe Leukocytosis
    A two-year-old, neutered male, Pitbull presented to Foster Hospital for Small Animals for evaluation following a one-week history of progressive lethargy, inappetence, and diarrhea. ... read more
  • Dark Mass Inside the Left Eye
    A 9-year-old castrated male Labrador presented for evaluation of a dark mass inside the left eye. The owners noticed the mass recently. The dog had showed no sign of discomfort nor visual deficits and he was otherwise healthy. Multiple distinct dark brown, smooth spherical structures were visible in the ventral ... read more
  • Clinical Case Challenge: More than Blepharospasm OS
    HISTORY: A 21-year-old Standardbred mare presented for a three- week history of discharge and blepharospasm OS. Previous treatment included topical triple antibiotic ointment and systemic minocycline with no improvement. The mare was previously healthy with no history of ocular issues. There was no history of trauma to the eye. The ... read more
  • Clinical Case Challenge: More Than Hip Dysplasia?
    An eight-month-old Shetland sheepdog presented with an odd walk. His owners brought him to their primary veterinarian who diagnosed him with hip dysplasia and a limb deformity, but his condition appeared to get worse rather than better over the next few months. ... read more
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Just Another Neurological Symptom?
    Lola, a four-year-old FS Yorkshire Terrier, presented for an episode of collapse. The owner described that Lola tried to rise from the couch, stiffened and then fell to the floor. The event lasted approximately ten seconds and it was unclear whether consciousness was retained. Lola was noted to be trembling ... read more
  • Clinical Case Challenge – Head Shaking & Ear Scratching
    Murphy, a nine-year-old, male, castrated Golden Retriever presented to his referring veterinarian for shaking his head and scratching at his ears. ... read more
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Just another case of idiopathic IMHA?
    A six-year-old, female spayed terrier mix originally presented to her referring veterinarian for a two-week history of lethargy and inappetence. ... read more
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Feline with Severe Neurological Signs
    A 6-year-old rescued cat, fed mainly with canned fish, was admitted as an emergency to the Neurology Department at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center for severe neurological signs. ... read more
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Blepharospasm of the Right Eye
    History An 8-year-old spayed female Boxer was presented for a 3-week history of blepharospasm in the right eye. Her primary care veterinarian had initially diagnosed a corneal ulcer and prescribed neomycin/bacitracin/polymyxin ophthalmic ointment. The ulcer was considered healed at recheck based on lack of fluorescein stain retention. When medications were ... read more
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Nutrition
    History/Case Details Cole, a 10-year-old male neutered Dalmatian, was presented to the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center’s Emergency Service with stranguria. He had a large, unexpressable bladder, a III/VI systolic murmur on the left side, ventral pyoderma, and hyperemic paws.  Body weight was 27 kg, with a body condition score of ... read more
  • Penny’s Clinical Case Challenge
    Penny, a 12- month -old female spayed Chihuahua mix presented to Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center due to the development of cutaneous nodules, on the groins, abdomen, back and neck. She was adopted from a shelter in Puerto Rico three months prior. Ruby was previously ... read more
  • Diagnosing Renal Disease in Rabbits – Clinical Case Challenge
    Renal disease is commonly seen in rabbits, but often can be underdiagnosed or mistaken for other conditions. Since the causes can vary, a veterinarian will first want to rule out some other potential causes for the rabbit's symptoms, including lymphoma, abscesses, or other types of kidney infections. In the case ... read more
  • Equine Clinical Case Challenge – Chronic Cough
    History: For 4 years,  a 12-year-old Hanoverian mare had a mild cough whenever her barn was closed up against the cold in the winter. Last year, the cough did not go away – and even seemed to be worse during the hot, humid weather in the late spring and summer. ... read more

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