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    Exchange_Blogs_Admin posted:
    We have a new blog: Tales from the Pet Clinic , with Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM. This blog will be your eyes and ears into breaking research in pet healthcare to provide you with up-to-the-minute information about issues related to your pet's health. So come, check us out. Then come back here to share your comments and ask your questions.
    rockjdog responded:
    I would be interested in learning about bloat. My dog recently had bloat and I see many conflicting reports of the causes of bloat.
    For example a few years ago it was recommended that elevated feeding trays are a good idea. Now I see a report that a study done by Perdue states elevated trays can be a factor in bloat.
    I also read on a couple of sites that stress can be a factor in bloat. We were taking care of a couple of neglected dogs from a neighbour. They live in cages (long story) but my dog gets stressed out when other dogs are in the house.
    I do think the stress was a factor in him bloating and it would make sense that stress may cause some stomach upset.

    However my vet says stress has nothing to do with bloat.

    So I would love to learn the causes, fact, fiction and probabilities.
    Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM replied to rockjdog's response:
    Thanks for the suggestion. Will add bloat to my blog list.
    Ann Hohenhaus
    srstephanie replied to Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM's response:
    Hi Dr Hohenhaus,

    While you are taking suggestions of topics ... I'd be interested in info on Feline Lymphoma (along with 10-20,000 other topics!).

    The reason ... I've taken responsibility for an elderly friend's cat that her son was going to have euthanized simply because my friend was moved to a senior care center and couldn't take her cat.

    I couldn't take the cat (Mr Kees) because of my small apartment and my own cat, but tried to find a home for him. He is a middle aged (ca 8-10 yrs old) domestic shorthair (FeLV/FIV neg). Long story, short ... I ended up asking the help of my good friend who is an Internist at the local vet school hospital. She took Kees there and over the past 5-6 months he has become the hospital cat ... going on rounds with students and spending afternoons in offices. He is very happy and loved by all.

    But, last week he was eating less and losing weight ... and thanks to the love and generosity of the specialists there, he was tested (I think ultrasound and FNA biopsy) and diagnosed with Lymphoma with one lesion in his intestine and a secondary one in his kidney. My beloved Internist friend was in tears when she called with the news. I gave her the go ahead to try chemo if she thought it would give him some more good time with them.

    So, I'm interested in learning more about Lymphoma in cats ... and I know it is a common cancer, so perhaps others would like to learn as well. I just listened to a talk given at this summer's CVC in Kansas City on Lymphoma by Dr Philip Bergman. I think he was at the AMC and a few years ago moved to the BrightHeart Veterinary Center. Do you know him? His credentials sound very impressive and I think he is the one who developed the canine melanoma vaccine. It will take me a few more times re-listening to his talk on lymphoma to sort it out but he was talking a bit about the CHOP chemo protocol.

    Anyway, maybe in the future you could discuss a bit about Feline Lymphoma (dogs, too ... but don't forget cats that are often left out). And some general "behind the scenes" info on chemotherapy would be interesting.

    Thanks for your blog and taking the time to help educate us pet owners!

    Stephanie in Montreal
    RicRatCat responded:
    I am not an expert of any sort, just a pet lover with quite the gamut of pets. I do, however, have my own "blog", , that I periodically update. It's not updated on a regular basis, only when something significant happens- be it minor or major. Feel free to drop in every now and again to see what's new.
    Ponyrun2 replied to srstephanie's response:
    I lost my Boxer 6 years ago to lymphoma (that went to his liver almost immediately)... he was just 4 days shy of his 7th birthday....

    His symptoms came on suddenly around August 15th (we had experienced Hurricane Charlie on the 13th).... it was nearly 10 days before I could get him to a vet... I thought he was just stressed and had a cold.... he was diagnosed September 1st (the vet had sent slides out to a lab to check for Leptospirosis).... I had to have him put down September 10th.....

    I too would be interested in this disease... as well as possible causes for acute hemolytic anemia and demodectic mange (in adult dogs)....
    Ocala_Sunshine replied to Ponyrun2's response:
    Hi Dr. Hohenhaus!

    I'm a newbie here and enjoyed reading your blog!

    I was wondering if you could please add hemangiosarcoma to your list of topics to be discussed?

    Without even knowing they were ill, I've lost three of my elderly GSDs to this devastating disease (two heart and one spleen) within just a few short hours of noticing their first symptoms and rushing them to the vet.

    Another old boy was hospitalized for several days with numerous probems and he had a tentative diagnosis that he also had hemangiosarcoma (heart) by the vet who did an ultrasound on him the day he had to be put down.

    Thank you!
    Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM replied to Ocala_Sunshine's response:
    To Ocala_Sunshire, rockjdog, srstephanie, ponyrun2,
    Bloat is coming up soon on the blog and I have added lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma to the list to topics to address. They will take a while since I am working on my holiday gift list for pets.

    Ann Hohenhaus

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