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The Shine On Project at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is following over 200 healthy dogs at risk for developing hemangiosarcoma

Can We Find a Cure for Canine Hemangiosarcoma?

The results from a University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine research project and clinical trial not only benefits dogs with canine hemangiosarcoma, but may be applicable to humans too.

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Managing Feline Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common endocrinopathy in cats, with reported prevalence rates ranging from 0.4% to 1.2%. Factors related to the patient’s diet and adiposity and the presence of comorbid conditions (e.g., acromegaly, pancreatitis) likely contribute to the pathogenesis of feline DM as well as influence response to therapy and chances for achieving remission.

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Surgical Drains: Indications, Types, and Complications

Surgical drains are implants that allow removal of fluid and/or gas from a wound or body cavity. This review is part 1 of a 2-part series. Part 1 covers indications for drain use, types, benefits and drawbacks of each type, and common complications. Part 2 will cover drain placement techniques and postoperative care.

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Tick-borne Rickettsial Infections of Dogs

Rickettsial organisms are small, obligate intracellular bacteria in the order Rickettsiales. Two families—Anaplasmataceae and Rickettsiaceae—contain species that infect dogs. These pathogens are transmitted by a variety of tick vectors, maintained in wildlife and domestic reservoirs, and can cause clinical disease in humans, dogs, and other domestic animals. This article discusses the basic epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of canine ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF).

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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.

Richard Lichter and Dean Andrew Hoffman shake hands before cutting the ribbon at the dedication of the Richard Lichter Emergency Room.

Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital Opens Its New $2.7 Million Emergency Room

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine—a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care—recently opened the Richard Lichter Emergency Room thanks to the generous donation made by Richard Lichter, a member of Penn Vet’s Board of Overseers and co-chair of The Power of Penn Vet Campaign. The massive expansion will directly benefit the multitudes of sick and injured animals that come through the hospital every day.

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