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Assessment Of Acute Pain In Cats

Sheilah Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, MRCVS, Diplomate ECVAA, ACVAA, ACAW, & ECAWBM (Welfare Science, Ethics and Law) Michigan State University The first of a 2-part series, Dr. Robertson emphasizes the importance of accurate pain assessment in order to provide the best pain management. To appropriately assess and treat pain in cats, the health care provider …

Alopecia, Easily Epilated Hair, & Inappetence In A Cat

Jennifer C. Olson, DVM; Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Feline); & J. Scot Estep, DVM, Diplomate ACVP This article describes clinical signs, laboratory diagnostics, imaging, and cytologic analysis for a cat with progressive nonpruritic dermatologic changes, inappetence, decreased water consumption, and recent anorexia. Can you determine the diagnosis? A 14-year-old spayed female domestic medium-hair …

Estrus in a Spayed Cat

Erin O. Dresner, DVM, MS, and Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Feline) An aging spayed female cat is presented with signs typical of estrus. A history, physical examination, and extensive diagnostics are performed. Can you determine the diagnosis? A 13-year-old, 4.54-kg (10-lb) spayed female domestic medium-hair cat presented with a 1-day history of typical …

Cytology of Neoplasia: An Essential Component of Diagnosis

Anne Barger, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVP Cytology is a quick, easy, and inexpensive diagnostic tool. It is commonly used for the diagnosis of neoplastic processes. Cytology has several benefits: The risks of fine-needle aspiration are minimal Anesthesia or sedation is often not required Aspirated tissue does not require any processing—results can be obtained more quickly …

Pain Assessment in Dogs & Cats

Anusha Balakrishnan, BVSc, and Elana Benasutti, CVT The greatest evil is physical pain. – Saint Augustine Pain has long been recognized in human medicine as having a deleterious effect on several organ systems in the body. It has been shown to: Amplify the body’s stress response to traumatic injury Cause several metabolic and endocrine derangements …

Challenges & New Developments in Canine Pyoderma: Disease Overview & Diagnosis

Kimberly S. Coyner, DVM, Diplomate ACVD This is the first article in a 3-part series discussing the latest information available regarding canine pyoderma. Future articles will discuss treatment as well as methicillin-resistant infection. • Canine pyoderma is a bacterial skin disease usually caused by Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (previously known as Staphylococcus intermedius).1 • S pseudintermedius is …

Nasal Discharge & Epistaxis in a German Shorthaired Pointer

  Elisa M. Mazzaferro, MS, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVECC A 12-year-old, 25.5-kg, spayed female German shorthaired pointer was presented to the emergency service for recurrent unilateral nasal discharge and acute onset of epistaxis. HISTORY Lifestyle The dog was 1 of 3 dogs in the household. She was: An indoor/outdoor pet that had not traveled outside …

Diagnostic Approach to Otitis in Dogs

  Susan Paterson, MA, VetMB, DVD, DipECVD, MRCVS, RCVS, European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology Effective diagnosis of ear disease requires a combination of diagnostic techniques to evaluate the pinna, ear canal, middle ear, and ear discharge. Ear disease is an extension of skin disease and, as such, the general approach to cases is very similar. …

Hepatocutaneous Syndrome in a Shiba Inu

Joel D. Ray, DVM, MS Consider This Case Overview This case report describes a 13-year-old Shiba Inu diagnosed with canine hepatocutaneous syndrome (HCS). The initial presenting signs were dull moth-eaten hair coat with erythema, crusts on the feet, and discoloration of pedal hairs. Diagnosis of HCS was made based on abdominal ultrasound and histopathology of …

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