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Canine Influenza: New Strains and Treatment

In the U.S., 2 strains of canine influenza virus (CIV)—H3N8 and H3N2—have been identified. Learn to recognize the clinical signs of CIV infection, select appropriate diagnostic tests, and develop a therapeutic plan. Plus, when to recommend vaccination for CIV and deploy strategies to prevent spread of disease if a case presents in your practice.

Fluid Therapy in Critical Care

Intravenous fluid administration is probably the most frequently used therapy in veterinary hospitals. Aggressive IV fluid resuscitation in emergent patients and continuous IV fluid administration in hospitalized patients have long been considered fundamental in the management of critically ill animals. However, research into whether the type and volume of fluids infused can contribute to comorbidities and decrease the chances of a favorable outcome continues. This article reviews new trends in fluid therapy in human and veterinary critical care medicine.

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Study: Sterilization Is Best for Controlling Feral Cats

“Sadly, many communities still opt to do nothing to control populations of community cats or use outdated, ineffective methods — such as sporadic trapping and removal,” says one of the study’s coauthors. “This research confirms high-intensity TNR is the most effective, humane way to stabilize a population of community cats and, over time, reduce them.”

Vets Plus and University of Wisconsin-Stout Host International Conference on Animal Health Nutraceuticals

“We are proud of the caliber of the scientific presenters at ICAHN,” said Dr. Ajay Srivastava, Vets Plus’ Chief Scientific Officer. “Some of the brightest minds in the nutritional science category provided public access to their work.”

Dispelling Myths About Ticks

Folk tales abound about these critters. Here’s what the author learned during Kansas State’s Tick Camp, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

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A Crisis of Historic Proportions?

TVP Editor in Chief Simon Platt discusses the repercussions of the the anti-vaccination movement in veterinary medicine.

Clinical Trial Tests Universal Vaccine Against Canine Cancer

Brush up on exciting news in the world of veterinary medicine, from a possible vaccine for canine cancer to an end on controversial research on felines and more.

Register Now and Save at VMX, the World’s Leading Veterinary Conference

VMX, the world's largest veterinary conference, is coming up in January 2020. Register now to lock in an early-bird price.

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Alfaxalone: An Old Drug in a New Formulation

Alfaxalone has been used to induce general anesthesia for many years, but only recently has a new formulation with preservatives become available in the United States. This formulation has a shelf life of 28 days after first use. It is approved for IV administration to induce and maintain general anesthesia in dogs and cats; however, it is also used via the IM route for induction and sedation (off label).

The Importance of Elevating Veterinary Technicians

Banfield is invested in supporting credentialed veterinary technicians. In addition to increasing hourly pay and continuing education funding for all our veterinary technicians in 2018, Banfield is supporting the Veterinary Nurse Initiative.

Nutrition and Wound Healing

Wound healing requires the body to have sufficient energy stores to rebuild tissue. Without these resources, the animal's body begins to break down endogenous protein in an attempt to meet its needs for the “building blocks” of healing. A strategy to provide adequate nutrients should be created for every wound patient.

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