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Case of the Month

Multiple Myeloma
Lobo, an approximately 7-year-old neutered male Chihuahua, presented for evaluation of vomiting and bloody diarrhea.  The owners had just obtained the patient the previous day from a rescue organization, so the age...
read more >   Published on April 3, 2014.

Multiple Neoplasia Survivor
Jake is a very sweet, 13 year-old, MN, golden retriever who has survived multiple surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy for several different tumors. Five years ago Jake was treated for sarcoma on his...
read more >   Published on November 9, 2013.

Kitten Catastrophe
Kitten Catastrophe Mufasa presented to IVS as a 22-week-old Bengal kitten.  The owner reported that he had tripped and accidently landed on Mufasa.  At home, Mufasa had not wanted to walk and was...
read more >   Published on February 5, 2013.

The Worst Headache Ever
Sugar presented for evaluation of neurological behavior. She was circling to the right and appeared to be blind in the left eye. She also appeared to be weak on the left side...
read more >   Published on October 11, 2012.

Sadie is a 9 year old, spayed Pomeranian. She presented to our emergency department on July 8th for coughing and increased respiratory rate and effort. Radiographs were taken and revealed a severe...
read more >   Published on August 19, 2012.

Cody Sherwood
Cody Sherwood, a 2 year old neutered male smooth coat collie, presented to IVS on a Wednesday night shortly after 10. He was vomiting and not eating since the day before. Ed...
read more >   Published on July 17, 2012.

Bosco is a 6 and ½ year old Great Dane who suddenly became sick in early January. He started vomiting and became very lethargic. When he was 1 year old he had...
read more >   Published on February 24, 2011.

Colby is a 9 and 1/2 year old yellow Labrador retriever who presented to the Iowa Veterinary Specialties emergency service due to repeated collapsing episodes that occurred earlier that day. When Colby...
read more >   Published on February 24, 2011.

It has been almost 10 months since that devastating day my precious Labrador Retriever Hunter was diagnosed with a rare form of immune mediated non-regenerative anemia, red cell aplasia. He was diagnosed...
read more >   Published on February 24, 2011.

Killer is a 10 month old Yorkshire Terrier that presented to the Emergency service with the complaint of progressive weakness over the previous 2-3 days. His owners explained that Killer was becoming...
read more >   Published on February 24, 2011.

Chylothorax is a disease of dogs and cats where fluid that is normally carried through the chest in a tiny vessel to eventually be deposited into a large vein begins to leak...
read more >   Published on February 24, 2011.

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Cancer In Pets

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IVS Partner's in Progress CE Event 2019

On April 3, 2019 there were twenty-one speakers offering the second annual ISU – IVS Partners in Progress CE Event at the Des Moines Botanical Center. This CE Event was open to all... read more >