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Definitive Treatment of Limb Fractures With Splints or Casts

Coaptation is an essential tool veterinarians must have for limb fracture treatment, and the keys to successful use include case selection, fracture reduction and cast application, and post-application care and monitoring.

Veterinarians must preserve their knowledge and skills in the “art” of utilizing splints and casts for limb fracture treatment. Learn the keys to successful use of coaptation as a definitive fracture treatment.

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What Do Veterinarians Need to Know About Pets and Pot?

Veterinarians should be prepared to treat pets that have ingested marijuana as more states move to legalize or decriminalize marijuana use. They should also be prepared for questions about the therapeutic benefits of CBD and cannabis.

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Treating Environmental Lung Injuries: Drowning and Smoke Inhalation

Management an environmental lung injury differs from the care given for other types of respiratory compromise.

Environmental lung injury can result from several causes, including drowning or smoke exposure from enclosed-space fires. Management of patients with environmental lung injuries differs from management of patients with the many other types of respiratory compromise. This article describes treatment of lung injury caused by drowning and smoke inhalation. DROWNING We will first discuss the …

Are Normal Electrolytes Really Normal?

Electrolyte disturbances are frequently encountered in veterinary patients and may warrant close evaluation and monitoring. Diseases of the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract and endocrinopathies often result in changes to electrolytes.1-3 Accurate initial assessment and serial monitoring for trends in electrolyte disturbances are essential to guide appropriate treatment of the underlying condition. However, in certain situations, …

Pneumothorax: An Interview with Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro

Elisa Mazzaferro, DVM, PhD, DACVECC Staff Criticalist, Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency-Critical Care, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Today’s Veterinary Practice “How I Treat” column is based on the popular How I Treat sessions presented at the annual NAVC Conference (now VMX) in Orlando, Florida (navc.com/conference). This column features …

Anaphylactic Shock: How to Effectively Diagnose and Treat

Anaphylaxis is a severe condition that requires rapid emergency treatment. Patient history and assessment are key in diagnosing and treating anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis is defined as the acute onset of a hypersensitivity reaction causing the release of mediators from mast cells and basophils. Anaphylaxis may be a life-threatening condition that can involve one or more organ systems.