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The Case of the Pet Who Swallowed a Golf Ball

Sometimes, our pets eat things they shouldn’t, even when we think we’ve done everything possible to “pet proof” their environment. Strings, toys, bottle caps, and all manner of other items can be fair game for inquisitive pets; and if a pet cannot pass the ingested object on their own, medical removal will be necessary. Recently, a wonderful and curious young canine patient decided to play with, and then swallow, a golf ball. He was presented to Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Center (AAVEC). This is type of case is not uncommon, as dogs often swallow balls and other foreign objects. These can often
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Treating Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs

Atlantic Veterinary Internal Medicine & Oncology offers state-of-the-art treatment options for dogs with mast cell tumors at its Annapolis animal hospital.  Mast cells are special blood cells that are normally involved in the body’s response to allergens and inflammation. When these cells mutate, they develop into a mast cell tumor. Mast cell tumors are commonly found on the skin, but other sites include the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, bone marrow, and intestines. Mast cell tumors are often raised, red, hairless masses that can wax and wane in size. Mast cells contain substances within their granules (the most common ones are
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Understanding Bladder Cancer in Dogs

Our canine companions are just as likely to get cancer as humans are, and bladder cancer is one such type. The tumor that affects the bladder is known as transitional cell carcinoma, or urothelial carcinoma. It’s the most common tumor diagnosed in the bladder, and is diagnosed in roughly 80,000 dogs every year. The breeds affected most by bladder cancer in dogs include Beagles, Scottish Terriers, Border Collies, and Shelties. Common Clinical Signs The most common signs indicating bladder cancer are: Urine accidents in the house Straining to urinate Urinating more often Blood in the urine Urgency to urinate, but
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