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Dr. Cavanaugh Has Published Findings on Splenomegaly in Small Breed Dogs

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Dr. Cavanaugh Has Published Findings on Splenomegaly in Small Breed Dogs

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Ryan Cavanaugh, DVM, DACVS participated in conducting a six-year scientific study on small animal dog breeds suffering from splenomegaly (enlargement of the spleen as seen if a mass or tumor develops within the organ).  Veterinarians needed to know if splenomegaly affected small dogs the same way it affects large dogs and if the causes and treatment would be the same.

Most published studies to date on dogs with splenic enlargement have concentrated on large breed dogs since certain breed types (i.e. German Shepard’s, Labrador retrievers, Golden retrievers) have a discrete genetic predisposition for commonly developing certain types of tumors on their spleen.  Through these studies, veterinary scientists have been able to develop concrete diagnostic and treatment algorithms which are reflective of what typically occurs in these large breed dogs.  Since studies of small breed dogs with splenic enlargement had not been performed, it was unclear if the same set of clinical recommendations should be made for this patient population when they were presenting to the clinic.  After data analysis was complete, it was determined that small breed dogs do tend to develop similar disorders as large breed dogs.  However, some distinct differences were identified which have allowed veterinarians to develop a modified set of treatment recommendations and talking points for client education surrounding the disease.

The team of veterinarians that Dr. Cavanaugh worked with had their study published in the highly regarded Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, one of the primary mainstream journals used by veterinarians for keeping current with new medical information in the field.

Dr. Cavanaugh graduated Veterinary school from Colorado State University and upon graduation, was selected for an internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City.  After his internship, Dr. Cavanaugh remained at the AMC for a 3-year residency in small animal surgery.  Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Cavanaugh pursued advanced surgical training by accepting a one year post-doctoral fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  With this training, Dr. Cavanaugh is just one of 45 board certified surgical oncologists in the world and was recognized as one of the founding fellows in surgical oncology.  In addition to general soft tissue, orthopedic and neurologic procedures, his training allows for the aggressive surgical management of all types of cancer.