Today's Daily Dose: Older pets


Why you shouldn't be so quick to diagnose cognitive dysfunction.

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“It is tempting to diagnose degenerative myelopathy or canine cognitive dysfunction in an older animal with progressive neurologic signs in order to avoid subjecting the patient to general anesthesia for a thorough workup. However, many different classes of disorders produce similar clinical pictures, and a failure to perform the appropriate workup could lead to diagnostic errors and inappropriate treatment.”

-Natasha Olby, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM (neurology)

From Answering your questions: adult-onset neurodegenerative diseases in dogs and cats



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