DOGS WITH MAST CELL TUMORS
The Small Animal General Surgery Service is looking for dogs with mast cell tumors. The goal of this study is to compare the histopathological grade of samples obtained from a punch biopsy to samples obtained from a whole tumor specimen. The surgeons surgically remove the tumor in a routine manner according to the normal standard of care. Punch biopsies are taken of the removed tumor. Three pathologists examine the punch biopsies, along with the complete tumor samples, to determine the grade of mast cell tumor. The results are then compared. The goal is to determine if mast cell tumors can be accurately graded from a smaller, less invasive, sample size. For more information, contact Dr. Robb Hardie.
DOGS WITH LARYNGEAL PARALYSIS
The Small Animal General Surgery Service is conducting a study to evaluate EMG and stimulation responsiveness in dogs with laryngeal paralysis.
The objective of this study is to investigate features of the primary muscle affected in dogs with acquired laryngeal paralysis. This will help obtain fundamental knowledge of the muscles and nerves affected by laryngeal paralysis, which may lead to improved management and therapies for dogs with this condition.
Any dog diagnosed with acquired laryngeal paralysis that is receiving standard of care surgical therapy qualifies for this study.
Enrolled patients having surgery to treat laryngeal paralysis will also undergo video laryngeal examination, electromyography (EMG), and electrical stimulation responsiveness evaluation of the affected muscle.