Entries by Ashley Thompson


The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and VetBloom Enter into Unique Partnership

WOBURN, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) has entered into a partnership with VetBloom, the digital learning ecosystem from Ethos Veterinary Health (Ethos). This multifaceted partnership will actualize development of a Virtual Learning Environment for ACVIM and its members and allow collaboration on the development of eLearning modules. In addition, VetBloom will develop an integrated online […]

Elbow Mass in a Dog

Written by Marielle Goossens, DVM, DACVIM, Noelle Bergman, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology) and Kendra E.F. Knapik, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)   Phineas, a 7-year-old Flat Coated Retriever, was presented to Peak for evaluation of left thoracic limb lameness of 10 month duration. During physical examination, marked soft tissue swelling and decreased range of motion of the […]

A Lameness Puzzle

Written by Marielle Goossens, DVM, DACVIM   Presentation and Physical Exam Daniel, a 3 year old, male, castrated, Golden Retriever presented to Dr. Kurt Schulz at Peak’s Surgery service for evaluation of a 2 month history of worsening lameness of the right hind leg. Radiographs of the right knee joint had only shown some soft […]


Case Study: Limb Spare

Akiko is an almost 8 year old spayed female mixed breed dog that presented to VSH North County for evaluation of wounds suffered from a dog bite.I evaluated Akiko the morning after she arrived through our ER. Akiko had a severe wound on the distal aspect of the left thoracic limb. The wound encompassed the entire dorsal metacarpal […]

Sun Protection for Your Pets

Our pets are just as vulnerable to sunlight-induced skin disease as we are. Some pets worship the sun as much as their beach-going humans do. In people, addiction to tanning is associated with the production of endorphins produced as part of the skin’s immune response to light exposure. Similar sun-seeking behavior can happen in pets […]

What Is The Spleen?

What is the spleen? The spleen is a tongue shaped organ of the abdomen that acts as a reservoir for blood as well as filters the circulating blood.  It removes and recycles old red blood cells and attacks any blood borne pathogens like bacteria and parasites commonly associated with tick borne diseases via its large […]

Shoulder Instability

What is shoulder instability? Shoulder problems are one of the most common causes of front leg lameness in dogs.   Shoulder instability (SI) describes a wide range of soft tissue injuries to the ligaments, tendons and muscles of  the shoulder.  SI affects all sizes and breeds of dogs.  Many athletic (esp. agility) dogs are affected, but […]

Portosystemic Shunts

What is a portosystemic shunt? A portosytemic shunt (PSS) is an abnormal blood vessel that carries blood intended to flow through the liver and diverts it away from the liver to the general circulation. The portal system is a special network of blood vessels that collect blood and metabolic byproducts from many of the abdominal […]


Laryngeal Paralysis

Written by Kurt S. Schulz, DVM, DACVS Laryngeal paralysis is a common upper respiratory disease of dogs. It most often affects large breed dogs such as Labrador retrievers and Golden retrievers but it can affect any dog of any breed or size. Normally when a dog inhales the larynx (voice box) opens to allow air […]