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Here are 10 fancy ways of saying your pet is sick and needs to see the vet:

Your pet has:

anorexia…………………lack or loss of appetite for food
blepharitis………………inflammation of the eyelids
cachexia…………………general ill health and malnutrition; emaciation
copracrasia.…………….fecal incontinence
hematemesis…………..the vomiting of blood
hematochezia………….blood in the feces
ictus………………………..a seizure or stroke
keratitis..…………………inflammation of the cornea
pyoderma………………..any purulent skin disease
pyuria………………………pus in the urine

Medical definitions taken from Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary.

This post is for informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or suggest a course of treatment for any pet. Pets with symptoms of ill health should be seen by their veterinarian.

 If your pet has an emergency, contact Blue Pearl at 757-499-5463 for 24/7 emergency care.

Read other Medical Definitions here and here.

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Here are 25 more funny-sounding words you might find on a pet’s medical record:

Axilla………………..armpit
Brachial……………pertaining to the forelimbs
Cardiac……………pertaining to the heart
Clavicle…………….collarbone; present in cats, but not in dogs
Conjunctiva……….membrane lining the eyelids
Cranium……………skull
Cutaneous…………pertaining to the skin
Digit………………….toe
Erythrocyte………a red blood cell
Gastric……………..pertaining to the stomach
Inguinal…………….pertaining to the groin
Larynx………………voicebox
Leukocyte…………a white blood cell
Lingual………………pertaining to the tongue
Mandible…………..lower jaw
Nares………………..nostrils
Neural……………….pertaining to the nerves
Nictitans…………….pertaining to the third eyelid (a membrane which covers the cornea as the upper and lower lids close)
Ocular……………….pertaining to the eye
Otic…………………..pertaining to the ear
Palate………………..roof of the mouth
Patella………………kneecap
Pharynx……………throat
Thoracic……………pertaining to the chest
Trachea…………….windpipe

Resource:  Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, Second Edition

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If you enjoyed the Triage installment of Medical Definitions, you’ll love these next fifteen terms, provided you’re not reading this blog over dinner.

Dermatitis………………inflammation of the skin

Dysphagia……………….difficulty swallowing

Dysplasia………………..an abnormality of development

Dyspnea………………….labored or difficult breathing

Hematuria………………blood excreted in urine

Hyperemesis……………excessive vomiting

Hyperesthesia………….abnormally increased sensitivity, especially to touch

Hyperthermia…………..greatly increased body temperature

Necrotic…………………..pertaining to cell death, as in “necrotic tissue”

Otitis……………………….inflammation of the ear

Polydipsia………………..excessive intake of water

Polyphagia………………..excessive intake of food

Polyuria…………………….excessive urination

Purulent……………………containing pus

Pyrexia……………………..fever

(Resource:  Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, 2nd Edition)

 

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     Sometimes doctors use weird words when defining a patient’s symptoms or body parts.  Today, we’ll start off with 15 terms that might appear on patient records.  But don’t worry – we don’t expect you to use these words when describing your sick pet – it’s more like “shorthand” for medical records.

Ataxia………………..Loss of muscle coordination (animal appears to stumble as if drunk)

Atrophy……………..Decrease in size; shrinking; wasting (as in “muscle atrophy”)

Dorsal…………………Surface facing away from the ground, i.e. the back

Emesis……………….An act or instance of vomiting

Epiphora…………….Abnormal overflow of tears down the face

Epistaxis……………..Bleeding from the nose

Hepatic………………..Pertaining to the liver

Hypersalivation……Abnormal increase in drooling

Luxation……………….Dislocation of a body part (such as a kneecap)

Mentation……………..Mental activity; state of mind

Necrotic………………..Refers to cell death and degradation (as in “necrotic tissue”)

Pica………………………A craving for unnatural articles of food (such as dirt & plastic)

Recumbent…………..Lying down, unable to rise

Renal……………………Pertaining to the kidneys

Ventral…………………Abdominal area

 

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