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Tooth Extraction Complications in Dogs and Cats

One of the most commonly performed oral surgery procedures in general practice is exodontia, or tooth extraction.Completing extractions in a consistent, orderly manner will decrease the incidence of complications.

First Aid/Temporary Immobilization of Limb Fractures With Bandages and Splints

Some long bone fractures are best managed with bandages or splints for temporary “first aid” immobilization until definitive treatment via surgical fixation can be achieved; other fractures can be effectively managed with a splint or cast as the primary definitive treatment.

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Physical Rehabilitation at Veterinary College Enhances Pets' Quality of Life

After developing hind limb weakness from neurologic causes, as well as general soreness and decreased mobility because of arthritis, 11-year-old black Labrador retriever Saint was referred to the college’s physical rehabilitation service by his veterinarian, Virginia Tech alumnus Thomas Blaszak.

AAVMC & MSD Animal Health Collaborating on Global Antimicrobial Resistance Project

MSD Animal Health is teaming up with the AAVMC on an international grant program designed to help mitigate the global public health problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Newly Proposed Florida Law Protecting Pets from Abuse has Gained Bipartisan Support

A proposed law strengthening protection against cruelty for dogs and cats has been introduced and is gaining bilateral support in the Florida House and Senate. HB 621 Animal Cruelty, or Allie’s Law, provides guidelines regarding when a veterinarian or member of a veterinary medical facility is required to report signs of suspected animal cruelty to law enforcement or animal control.

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Diagnosing Acute Pancreatitis in Dogs

Pancreatitis causes significant illness in dogs and is considered to be the most common disease of the exocrine pancreas. The diagnosis of acute pancreatitis can be difficult because clinical signs and results of diagnostic testing are often nonspecific. This article addresses the diagnostic approach to patients with signs suggestive of pancreatitis.

Oral Cyclosporine Use in Dogs

Cyclosporine is a potent immunosuppressive agent that has treatment applications in both veterinary and human medicine. Oral cyclosporine is currently being used to treat a spectrum of inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases in dogs, including but not limited to atopic dermatitis, autoimmune skin disorders, perianal fistula, inflammatory bowel disease, granulomatous meningoencephalitis, and immune-mediated blood disorders.

Current Concepts in Periodontal Disease

Of the most common health problems of companion animals throughout their life, dental disease stands out as the number 1 concern. Sadly, many owners and veterinarians still misunderstand the significant effects of periodontal disease, believing them to be limited to bad breath and tooth loss. This lack of understanding, combined with improper or outdated diagnostic methods, can lead to delayed therapy at best and misdiagnosis at worst. Intervention by veterinarians and educated owners is the only solution to improving health and alleviating distress in these patients.

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