Cervical mass in a 11 year-old, male-castrated, black Labrador Retriever. For the past two weeks the patient has been intermittently coughing, especially after voraciously eating his kibbles. He is described as healthy otherwise. On physical examination his primary care veterinarian palpated a very large, 10cm firm mass in his ventral neck. We got the aspirate samples of the mass and found….
…and found numerous apparently cohesive clusters of these mononuclear cells. Their cohesive nature is typical of an epithelial population. The cells look relatively bland - that is, they all appear very similar to their neighbor. Such monomorphism suggests a more benign process…but we’ll come back to that interpretation! Additionally, few clusters were associated with this brilliant magenta extracellular material - could be matrix, secretory product, or colloid. What tumor type do think this is?!
Cytologic diagnosis: Neuroendocrine epithelial tumor. Based upon the mass location, this is consistent with a Thyroid tumor. Although the population looks relatively benign cytologically, canine thyroid tumors are usually aggressive adenocarcinomas. Conversely, kitty thyroid tumors are usually benign and equine tumors a 50-50 shot on benign versus malignant. No word yet on what therapy the owner has elected to pursue - but the prognosis is sadly grave :-(
On an aside, other neuroendocrine origin tumors (like insulin secreting pancreatic tumors or some adrenal tumors) have a very similar cytologic appearance.
STRAY DOG WHO BEFRIENDED SCHOOLCHILDREN FINDS A HOME - “The black Labrador mix showed up at Benavides Heights Elementary School one day about seven years ago when she was a puppy and kept coming back day after day…the school’s staff eventually started giving her food and water, even providing her with vaccinations.”
A dog named Debbie befriended schoolchildren at the Benavides Heights Elementary School in Eagle Pass, Texas. For years, she walked with children to and from school and came to play during recess. The school fed and cared for Debbie but sadly she was never adopted. Debbie recently suffered injuries after being hit by a car and was taken to the South Texas Veterinary Specialists. She has finally been adopted by someone from the school. Read more from mysanantonio.com:
No one was really sure where she would go overnight or during school breaks, nor how she came to be called Debbie. Zawacki-Maldonado said he tried to bring her home with him, but she would run off when he would open his car door.
Debbie was a regular sight at the school, even as the students who first met her grew into high schoolers. But one morning in late January, she was struck and dragged by a car.
Zawacki-Maldonado took her to the local veterinarian, and then to a vet in Uvalde, and ultimately to South Texas Veterinary Specialists in San Antonio for the specialized care she needed. He decided he would cover the costs for the care.
Like the children at the elementary school, who sent Valentine cards to Debbie, the team at the veterinary office was also taken with her. She was friendly even when she was brought in severely injured, and always lifted a leg as people approached to give them a clear shot at a belly rub.
And by Thursday afternoon, Debbie was at her new home with Zawacki-Maldonado in Eagle Pass, lying on a blanket by the porch.
Glad to see Debbie is finally off the streets. Get well soon! Click here for the full story and here to learn more about South Texas Veterinary Specialists (Photo from their Facebook page)
I really enjoy Sarah Warne’s articles on dressage. In the article that I linked above, the following quotation applies perfectly to heeling with a dog, particularly the find the left leg exercise. The find the left exercise quickly illuminates all the flaws in your heeling training- how well you’ve taught your dog to maintain sustained focus on you, does he know exactly where heel position is, and his proprioceptive abilities.
In the test, a horse and rider that have trained their horse to respond well to the aids throughout the entire exercise, will have a horse always asking “what does my rider want”, instead of a horse that says, “Oh a half pass, I’ll just takeover here and fly across to the other side.”
Once you have a horse that is always asking “what’s up,” you have a horse that you know is with you, listening to you, and working with, instead of ahead of you, with every step.
(Emphasis added by me.)
As owners of athletic dogs, we are always looking for methods to improve their strength, power, and endurance. This is even truer in dogs that have suffered an injury or undergone surgery to correct a problem and are working toward a return to agility. As an adjunct to agility training, strengthening exercises should be done with a healthy dog on a regular basis, and absolutely must be done before an injured dog returns to agility. This month we’ll discuss exercises for increasing hind-end awareness as well as exercises for increasing strength of the gluteal and hamstring regions.
Lots of good exercises here. I’ve observed a distinct loss of rear end muscle definition in both of our dogs since we no longer exercise them each morning at an abandoned gravel pit that had a steep sand hill (in Ontario).
English Bulldog x Blue Heeler
I just love weird breed mixes! This guy seems to have gotten the red brindle piebald coat color/pattern, underbite, kinked tail, rose ears and wide chest from the bulldog, and the heeler lengthened the muzzle, straightened the legs, lent the roaning over the white areas, and gave a double coat. So he came out as an athletic, non-brachycephalic, compact little bulldog!
…he’s also adoptable!
You think you’re buying a fun thing for your dog – a leash that will give your dog a little extra freedom. The retractable dog leash is sold at nearly every pet supply store – on and off line. It … Continue reading →
Dogs and Carbohydrates - A Surprising Secret Revealed
Zero. That’s how many carbohydrates are nutritionally required by a dog to sustain life. Dogs simply don’t need any carbohydrate ingredients — at all. Yet surprisingly, “carbs” represent the dominant ingredient found in most dry dog foods.
Why Dog Food Companies Love Carbohydrates
Since the early 1950s, dog food manufacturers everywhere have fallen head-over-heels in love with carbs because they’re:
- Durable (long shelf life)
- Essential to the kibble-making process
- Cheaper (per calorie than protein or fat)
Please notice that not one of these reasons has anything to do with nutrition — not one.
The Bottom Line
When choosing dog food, it’s reasonable to favor products lower in carbohydrates. However, since most dog food manufacturers fail to disclose the percentage of carbohydrates contained in their products, the Dog Food Advisor provides an estimate of this important figure inside every review. So, look for dog foods rich in meat-based protein. You could be adding years of better health to your best friend’s life.
Read the full article Here.
Posters Via Dr. Sophia Yin
We hear all the time about how we have to train our dogs to behave and work with them - and its true. But we also have to train our children how to behave around animals and respect them.
Too many animals are put to sleep or given away because of accidents where cats or dogs bite or scratch a child with little to no thought of what lead up to that moment. Teach children to respect animals!