Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners

Eden Prairie, MN, United States

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Eden Prairie, MN, United States
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PubMed | Clinique Veterinaire Des Etangs, Florida College, Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center, Desert Veterinary Medical Specialists and 31 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of veterinary internal medicine | Year: 2016

Pimobendan is effective in treatment of dogs with congestive heart failure (CHF) secondary to myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD). Its effect on dogs before the onset of CHF is unknown.Administration of pimobendan (0.4-0.6 mg/kg/d in divided doses) to dogs with increased heart size secondary to preclinical MMVD, not receiving other cardiovascular medications, will delay the onset of signs of CHF, cardiac-related death, or euthanasia.360 client-owned dogs with MMVD with left atrial-to-aortic ratio 1.6, normalized left ventricular internal diameter in diastole 1.7, and vertebral heart sum >10.5.Prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, blinded, multicenter clinical trial. Primary outcome variable was time to a composite of the onset of CHF, cardiac-related death, or euthanasia.Median time to primary endpoint was 1228 days (95% CI: 856-NA) in the pimobendan group and 766 days (95% CI: 667-875) in the placebo group (P = .0038). Hazard ratio for the pimobendan group was 0.64 (95% CI: 0.47-0.87) compared with the placebo group. The benefit persisted after adjustment for other variables. Adverse events were not different between treatment groups. Dogs in the pimobendan group lived longer (median survival time was 1059 days (95% CI: 952-NA) in the pimobendan group and 902 days (95% CI: 747-1061) in the placebo group) (P = .012).Administration of pimobendan to dogs with MMVD and echocardiographic and radiographic evidence of cardiomegaly results in prolongation of preclinical period and is safe and well tolerated. Prolongation of preclinical period by approximately 15 months represents substantial clinical benefit.


Woodhouse S.J.,Detroit Zoological Society | Rose M.,Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners | Desjardins D.R.,Phoenix Central Laboratory | Agnew D.W.,Michigan State University
Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery | Year: 2015

A 25-year-old female macaroni penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) was diagnosed with exophthalmos secondary to retrobulbar neoplasia through use of computed tomography (CT). Histopathologic examination of the mass supported a diagnosis of malignant round cell neoplasia. Immunohistochemical (IHC) labeling was applied to determine cell origin; the neoplastic cells did not label with T-cell marker CD3 or B-cell marker BLA.36 and could not be further characterized. The scleral ossicles precluded evaluation of the retrobulbar space by ultrasonography; therefore, CT scanning is recommended for examination of intraorbital structures in penguin and other avian species. © 2015 by the Association of Avian Veterinarians.


Gerlach T.J.,University of Florida | Gerlach T.J.,Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission | Sadler V.M.,Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners | Ball R.L.,Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2013

Abstract: Two distressed Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) were reported to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The first animal was determined to be an abandoned, emaciated calf. The second animal was a nursing calf that had sustained watercraft-related trauma. Both animals were captured and transported to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, where diagnostic evaluations, including physical examinations, blood work, computed tomography (CT), and radiographs were performed. Radiograph and CT scans identified the presence of free air within the pleural and abdominal cavities of both animals. Based on the lack of substantial findings in the first animal and a rapid resolution of clinical signs in the second animal, both animals were managed conservatively. This report documents simultaneous pneumothorax and pneumoperitoneum, the associated clinical and diagnostic findings, and conservative medical management of these conditions in the Florida manatee. © 2013 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.


Feeney D.A.,University of Minnesota | Sharkey L.C.,University of Minnesota | Steward S.M.,University of Minnesota | Bahr K.L.,Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine | Year: 2013

Background: The utility of whole body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in detecting bone marrow infiltration in dogs with cancer has not been investigated. Objectives: To assess the feasibility of 3T body MRI for bone marrow assessment in dogs with hematopoietic neoplasia. Animals: Seven dogs with B-cell lymphoma, 3 dogs with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and 2 clinically normal dogs. Methods: A prospective study of dogs with hematopoetic cancer was conducted using T1W, T2W, In-Phase, Out-of-Phase and STIR pulse sequences of the body excluding the head prior to bone marrow sampling. The relative signal intensity of a midlumbar vertebral body and a midshaft femoral bone marrow was compared by visual and point region of interest analysis to regional skeletal muscle. Results: Similarity of femoral diaphyseal and vertebral body marrow signal intensity to that of skeletal muscle on the Out-of-Phase sequence was useful in distinguishing the 3 dogs with hypercellular marrow because of MDS from the 7 dogs with B-cell lymphoma and from the 2 clinically normal dogs. 1/7 dogs with lymphoma had proven bone marrow involvement but normal cellularity and less than 5% abnormal cells. Unaffected midfemoral marrow had greater signal intensity than skeletal muscle and unaffected vertebral marrow had less signal intensity than skeletal muscle on the Out-of-Phase sequence. Conclusions and Clinical Importance: 3T, Out-of-Phase MR pulse sequence was useful in distinguishing diffuse bone marrow infiltrate (MDS) from minimally or unaffected marrow using skeletal muscle for signal intensity comparison on whole body MRI. © 2013 by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.


PubMed | Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Animal Medical Center and Ohio State University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of veterinary internal medicine | Year: 2015

Iron deficiency is a proposed mechanism for the anemia that occurs in cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Minimal research investigating the iron status of these cats has been performed.To compare indicators of iron status in cats with CKD versus healthy cats and cats with nonrenal illness (NRI). To compare indicators of iron status in anemic versus nonanemic cats with CKD.Thiry-nine client or employee owned healthy cats, 40 cats with CKD and 34 cats with NRI included.Exclusion criteria included prior iron or erythropoiesis stimulating agent administration, blood transfusion, or concurrent CKD and NRI. Complete blood counts, serum chemistries, serum iron concentrations, total iron binding capacity (TIBC), and ferritin concentrations were measured and percent transferrin saturation (TSAT) calculated on all cats. Data were analyzed using nonparametric statistical testing.No statistically significant differences were detected among groups for iron concentration (P = .50), ferritin concentration (P = .47), or TSAT (P = .19). TIBC was significantly lower in CKD (median 262 g/dL; IQR 233-302; range 165-488) versus healthy cats (median 316 g/dL; IQR 272-345, range 196-464); (P = .0030). When comparing anemic (hemoglobin <9.5 g/dL) versus nonanemic cats with CKD, TSAT was significantly lower (P = .033) in anemic (median 20.2%; IQR 17.8-34.5; range 17.6-35.9) compared to nonanemic (median 29.0%; IQR 25.5-44.1; range 11.5-94.4). No statistically significant differences found for ferritin concentration (P = .94), iron concentration (P = .21) or TIBC (P = .97).These results indicate that an iron deficient state exists in anemic cats with CKD and is more likely functional rather than absolute.


Gicking J.,Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners
Compendium (Yardley, PA) | Year: 2011

Lung lobe torsion is a rare pulmonary disorder in small animals and in humans. Torsion occurs when the lung lobe rotates around the bronchus and vascular supply and remains in that position. Lung lobe torsion is a life-threatening condition. The patient may present in an acute, fulminant respiratory crisis; however, more subtle clinical signs have also been reported. Lung lobe torsion may be secondary to an underlying pathology or spontaneous and idiopathic. Surgical resection of the affected lung lobe is the treatment of choice. The prognosis depends on the underlying cause. This article reviews the incidence, pathophysiology, clinical signs, diagnostic approach, and treatment of lung lobe torsion in dogs and cats.


Collins J.E.,Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners | Degner D.A.,Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners | Bhandal J.,Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners
Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology | Year: 2011

Objective: To report the use of an axial pattern flap based on the cranial cutaneous branch of the saphenous artery to close a skin defect left on the medial crus after mast cell tumour removal. Case report: A seven-year-old, 32.41 kg, neutered male mixed-breed dog had a mast cell tumour incompletely excised from the left medial crus. The resulting 6 cm linear scar was excised with 2 cm wide margins and one fascial plane for deep margins. An axial pattern skin flap incorporating the cranial cutaneous branch of the saphenous artery was used to close the resultant skin defect. Results: The histopathology report documented clean margins and the flap survived completely. A seroma developed postoperatively, however it resolved without treatment. Clinical significance: An axial pattern skin flap based on the cranial cutaneous branch of the saphenous artery is a viable option for closing medial crus skin defects in the dog. © Schattauer 2011.


PubMed | Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Compendium (Yardley, PA) | Year: 2011

Lung lobe torsion is a rare pulmonary disorder in small animals and in humans. Torsion occurs when the lung lobe rotates around the bronchus and vascular supply and remains in that position. Lung lobe torsion is a life-threatening condition. The patient may present in an acute, fulminant respiratory crisis; however, more subtle clinical signs have also been reported. Lung lobe torsion may be secondary to an underlying pathology or spontaneous and idiopathic. Surgical resection of the affected lung lobe is the treatment of choice. The prognosis depends on the underlying cause. This article reviews the incidence, pathophysiology, clinical signs, diagnostic approach, and treatment of lung lobe torsion in dogs and cats.


PubMed | Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners
Type: Case Reports | Journal: Veterinary and comparative orthopaedics and traumatology : V.C.O.T | Year: 2011

A five-year old, spayed female, Bearded Collie was presented with a 24-hour history of non-weight-bearing lameness of the right thoracic limb after sustaining vehicular trauma. Radiographs revealed a craniolateral scapulohumeral luxation and a distally and medially displaced fracture of the lesser tubercle of the humerus. Open reduction and internal fixation of the fracture was achieved with lag screw fixation and an anti-rotational Kirschner wire. Surgical repair resulted in compression across the fracture line, anatomic reduction of the articular surface, and a stable scapulohumeral joint following reduction of the humeral head in the glenoid. Six weeks postoperatively, the patient exhibited no evidence of pain or lameness on the right thoracic limb and radiographs revealed complete healing of the fracture and normal articulation of the scapulohumeral joint. This is the first report of a lesser tubercle fracture associated with a craniolateral shoulder luxation. Surgical intervention resulted in the return of full shoulder joint function in this dog.

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