Internal Medicine

Today’s Technician: Heatstroke in Dogs

Brandy Tabor, CVT, VTS (ECC) This life-threatening condition can affect dogs of any age, breed, or gender. The author provides guidance on the types of heatstroke, risk factors, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment therapies, and prevention. Heatstroke is a common problem in pets during the summer months, especially in hot, humid climates. This life-threatening condition can affect …

The Practitioner’s Acid–Base Primer
Differential Diagnoses & Treatment

Lori S. Waddell, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC The first article of this 2-part series, Obtaining & Interpreting Blood Gases (May/June 2013), addressed techniques for obtaining blood gases and interpretation; this article further investigates metabolic and respiratory disturbances, including therapeutic measures for both. This article is the second in the 2-part series: The Practitioner’s Acid–Base Primer. The …

Acute Abdomen in Dogs & Cats
Step-by-Step Approach to Patient Care

Garret Pachtinger, VMD, Diplomate ACVECC Acute gastrointestinal distress and abdominal pain require prompt evaluation and immediate intervention. They also prompt the practitioner to ask: Does the patient require medical or surgical management? This article presents the important answers to that question. Acute gastrointestinal (GI) distress and abdominal pain require prompt evaluation and immediate intervention to …

Feline Diabetes Mellitus
Updates on Diagnosis & Treatment

David Bruyette, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, and Karen Eiler, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM Feline diabetes mellitus, one of the most commonly encountered feline endocrine diseases, is comprehensively reviewed, with an emphasis on providing up-to-date information on diagnosis and treatment based on current literature and research. The article outlines the insulins available for therapeutic use in cats …

Internal Medicine Practice Pearls

Michael Schaer, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVECC THE ART OF DIAGNOSIS To make the correct diagnosis, we need the right choices. To consider the right choices, we need the right information. To obtain the right information, we need to ask the right questions. Asking the right questions is the hallmark of clinical expertise. ~ R. …

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