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CO2-Laser for Meibomian gland adenomas in dogs
Meibomian gland adenomas are common neoplasias in older dogs which often require surgical excision. Various techniques have been described during the last decades. Is the CO2 laser a good choice? It seems so!

Twelve eyelid meibomian gland adenomas in dogs were surgically ablated using the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser. The laser site was not sutured.

All procedures resulted in complete removal of the adenoma with no recurrences at 6 months.

In addition, no dogs developed corneal disease secondary to the procedure, and the cosmetic appearance of the eyelid margins was good at the end of the 6-month study.

Based on results of this study, CO2 laser ablation of canine meibomian gland adenomas is an effective alternative to standard surgical removal.


Source: Martin Bussieres, Sheryl G. Krohne, Jean Stiles, Wendy M. Townsend (2005): The Use of Carbon Dioxide Laser for the Ablation of Meibomian Gland Adenomas in Dogs. In: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:227-234 (2005)







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Reference intervals for blood parameters in Shetland Sheepdogsmembers
Several breeds have physiological peculiarities that induce variations in reference intervals (RIs) compared with the general canine population. Shetland sheepdogs (SSs) are reported to be more predisposed to different diseases (eg, hyperlipidemia, gallbladder mucocele, and hypothyroidism). Consequently, a breed‐specific approach is more often required. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine whether the RIs of the general canine population could be applied to that of SSs, and to generate breed‐specific RIs, where appropriate.

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