Enzo is a 9-year old male Rottweiler. I started treating him when he was only 3 and his saga began. He developed Leptospirosis, a severe community-acquired kidney infection that causes acute kidney failure. With treatment, Enzo survived this infection. Unfortunately, the kidney damage was so severe that a full recovery was not possible and he has had chronic kidney disease since that time. It is a small miracle that Enzo is still with us today as it is almost unheard of for a dog to survive this length of time with kidney failure. 

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By Brenda Phillips, DVM, DACVIM, (Medical Oncology)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January, has given conditional approval for the first new animal drug to treat canine lymphoma. Also called lymphosarcoma, lymphoma is a type of cancer in dogs. Lymphoma can affect virtually any organ in the body, but it most commonly starts in organs that function as part of the immune system, such as the lymph nodes, spleen, and bone marrow.

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Veterinary Specialty Hospital and SymbioCellTech are conducting a new clinical trial using canine stem cells to treat pet dogs with diabetes. SymbioCellTech has developed a novel method for the treatment of canine insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus using canine stem cells. After extensive pre-clinical research, this treatment is now being offered at VSH as an FDA-approved pilot study. The goals of this novel therapy are to: 

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As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, many of us also want to include our dogs and cats in the festivities. Unfortunately, what’s delicious and safe for us to eat, is often dangerous for our pets. From a simple stomachache to more severe complications that can lead to surgery or even death, please follow some simple tips to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving. If you must include your pet in the celebrations, boil them some turkey meat in plain water. 

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