Clinical Medicine

Parasitology
Beyond Borders: The Truth About Ticks

Michael W. Dryden, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVM (parasitology) Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology Kansas State University Dealing with Tick Control When dealing with most 3-host ticks, the problem is that the majority of the reproducing ticks are not on the dogs or cats, but on their natural wildlife hosts. While often the same products that are …

Nutrition Notes
Dealing With Dysrexia

Audrey K. Cook, BVM&S, DACVIM, DECVIM, DABVP (Feline) College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Texas A & M University The term dysrexia refers to a disruption in food intake, including anorexia (not eating), hyporexia (eating less) and eating an unbalanced diet (eg, the patient that will eat roast beef but not a prescribed low-protein …

Ophthalmology
Acute Glaucoma: A True Emergency

Shelby Reinstein, DVM, MS, DACVO Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center Levittown, Pennsylvania PRONE BREEDS Primary glaucoma is strongly breed related, and some of the most commonly affected dog breeds are the beagle, basset hound, Boston terrier, cocker spaniel, and shar-pei. THE BASICS OF GLAUCOMA Glaucoma is an elevation of the intraocular pressure (IOP) with associated …

Imaging Essentials
Ultrasonography of the Gastrointestinal Tract: Ileum, Cecum, Colon

Elizabeth Huynh, DVM Clifford R. Berry, DVM, DACVR University of Florida Welcome to our series of articles on small animal abdominal ultrasonography. The initial articles provided an overview of basic ultrasonography principles and a discussion about how to perform a systematic scan of the abdomen. The rest of the series discusses ultrasound evaluation of specific …

Finding the Balance in Your Patients with Cardiovascular and Renal Disease

Audrey K. Cook, BVM&S, DACVIM, DECVIM, DABVP (Feline) Ashley B. Saunders, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) Texas A&M University Detecting Heart Disease Most heart disease in dogs is unmasked by clues detected during physical examination (eg, murmur, arrhythmia, or jugular pulses). Cardiovascular and renal disease are commonly diagnosed in cats and dogs; incidence increases with patient age. …

Management Strategies
Avian Aspergillosis— What Every Veterinarian Needs to Know

Joyce Huang, BSFR Joerg Mayer, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACZM University of Georgia BIRD’S EYE VIEW Certain avian species such as captive psittacines have been reported to be more at risk for Aspergillus infection.   WHAT IS IT? Aspergillosis, a noncontagious, opportunistic fungal infection, is caused by Aspergillus species. It is also known as a mycotic …

Focus On
Leptospirosis

Madeline Fujishiro, DVM Kate E. Creevy, DVM, MS, DACVIM Texas A&M University A 1-year-old, castrated male miniature dachshund was presented for an acute onset of lethargy, anorexia, and vomiting. HISTORY The patient was evaluated upon referral for a 48-hour history of lethargy, anorexia, and vomiting. He was also noticeably polyuric and polydipsic during the 48 …

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