Author Archive | Kit Sturgess

Liver Disease in Dogs

The liver is one of the largest organs in the body; about 3.5% of the body mass. It is situated just behind the diaphragm that separates the chest from the abdomen. The liver is very important and has many functions. Because of its central metabolic role it is affected by many disease processes that occur […]

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Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs

Where are the kidneys and how do they work? Dogs, like all mammals, have two kidneys that are located just below their spinal column (Fig 1) at the angle between the ribs and the softer body wall. The kidneys have a number of important functions including: removing waste material from the body via the urine […]

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Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA) in Dogs

IMHA is a relatively common cause of low red blood cell count in dogs but quite a rare condition in cats. What causes IMHA? Red blood cells carry oxygen around the body to all cells; oxygen is essential for energy production by the cell and without it cells cannot perform their necessary functions and will […]

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