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    Kennel Cough – Infectious Tracheobronchitis of Dogs

    Posted on February 2, 2012, under Tutorial

    Infectious tracheobronchitis results from inflammation of the upper ways. It is a mild disease that normally improves on its own. However it can progress to fatal bronchopneumonia in puppies or to chronic bronchitis in weakened, ill, or aged dogs. The disease spread rapidly among susceptible dogs housed in close confinement such as veterinary hospitals or kennels.

    A number of viral and bacterial organisms can cause kennel cough. It is common to have infections with more than one of these organisms at the same time. Stress and environmental changes such as extremes of ventilation, temperature, and humidity appear to increase the dogs susceptible to disease as well as its severity.

    The most common sign is spasms of harsh, dry coughing, which may be followed by retching and gagging. The severity of the cough usually diminishes during the first five days, but the disease persists for 10 to 20 days. Affected dogs have few if any additional signs except for some loss of appetite. Body temperature and white blood cells usually remain normal. Development of more severe signs, including fever, pus-containing nasal discharge, depression, loss of appetite, and a productive cough, especially in puppies, usually indicates the presence of an additional infection such as distemper or bronchopneumonia. Stress, particularly from adverse environmental conditions and improper nutrition, may contribute to a relapse during recovery.

    Trachebronchitis is usually suspected whenever a dog demonstrates the distinctive harsh cough and has a history of exposure to other susceptible or affected dogs. Laboratory tests are usually normal.

    In most cases, affected dogs should not be hospitalized because the disease is highly contagious and because it generally improves on its own. The dog’s recovery may be hastened by good nutrition and hygiene and if needed, improvement of the animal’s living environment as recommended by veterinarian. Cough suppressants are sometimes prescribed to control persistent nonproductive coughing. Antibiotics are usually not needed except in severe chronic cases. Corticosteroids may be prescribed to help alleviate signs.

    Vaccines are available to protect against distemper, parainfluenza, canine adenovirus-2, and Bordetella bronchiseptica, some of the main organisms responsible for kennel cough. Your veterinarian will recommend the types of vaccination, and vaccination schedule, most appropriate for your dog.

    Source: The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health

    Encyclopedia Prehistorica Mega-Beasts

    Posted on September 20, 2010, under Veterinary Book

    Encyclopedia Prehistorica Mega-Beasts

    Lions and tigers and bears. . . . Stand back for a beast of a pop-up!

    Within these dynamic pages lurk fearsome saber-toothed cats, bears taller than basketball hoops, and everyone’s favorite Ice Age giant — the woolly mammoth. Prehistoric Yeti-like mammals, now-extinct birds, and giant flying lizards all come alive in a showcase featuring more than thirty-five astonishing pop-ups. In this third and final volume of the best-selling Encyclopedia Prehistorica series, 3-D masters Robert S

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    VETRON-300 Extracorporeal Veterinary Shock Wave Therapy Unit

    Posted on July 7, 2011, under Veterinary Equipment

    Extracorporeal Veterinary Shock Wave Therapy UnitThe Vetron-300 ESWT unit is the most advanced featured ESWT Shockwave Therapy unit. The VETRON-300’s unique combination of state-of-the-art Shockwave generation technique capabilities combined with it’s advanced features. This new unit is expanding the current limits of Shockwave treatment today and for years to come. Features: Higher Powered, Focusable, Increases the depth and width of your current Therapeutic treatment capabilities while increasing your profits, Large LCD control panel with selection/display and field replacable electrodes. State of the art, Easy to use, Fully adjustable.

    Electro-Hydraulic system, verified safest; 10 Step Energy; Color LCD Display; Portable, easy to use and transport; Focusable, largest focus depth & width variance available; Hand Trigger; Highest Energy, therapeutic effect; Three Applicator Heads, small, medium and large fields included; Larger Shockwave Entry Area; Cost Efficient. Power Consumption: Max. 150 VA; Touch Screen LCD Monitor; Light weight: 35 lbs.  Contact The Manufacturer

    Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundations for Rehabilitation

    Posted on September 15, 2010, under Veterinary Book

    Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundations for Rehabilitation

    Brilliantly and abundantly illustrated, this dynamic resource is the most comprehensive, research-based, reader-friendly text on kinesiology. An engaging approach explores the fundamental principles in vivid detail and clarifies the link between the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system to help you ensure a clear, confident understanding.

    UNIQUE! Clinical Connections boxes in each chapter enhance your understanding and promote practical application.

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