Veterinary Researchers: Let More Money Go To The Dogs

Although $12 billion a year is spent in the U.S. for pet food and care, research funding for companion animal health falls short Three-year-old Jessie, her gums white from blood loss, was rushed, hemorrhaging and near death, to the emergency room of a Canadian hospital. Test results showed that she was suffering from massive ulcers brought on by an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication she had been given to treat a hip condition. After a surgeon at the hospital removed the largest ulce

Robin Eisner
Jan 6, 1991
Although $12 billion a year is spent in the U.S. for pet food and care, research funding for companion animal health falls short
Three-year-old Jessie, her gums white from blood loss, was rushed, hemorrhaging and near death, to the emergency room of a Canadian hospital. Test results showed that she was suffering from massive ulcers brought on by an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication she had been given to treat a hip condition. After a surgeon at the hospital removed the largest ulcers, another doctor, Mark Papich, prescribed Tagamet, a widely used SmithKline Beecham ulcer medication, to treat the smaller ones.

After two weeks, Jessie was up on all fours again, barking at the mailman. And now, a year later, she's "her beautiful, bouncy, Great Dane self again," says Papich.

"Her owners had given Jessie the [anti-inflammatory] drug thinking it could help her, but they didn't know it would hurt her," adds...

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