Clinical Medicine

Practical Parasitology
Heartworm Infection in Ferrets

Leonie Kondert, DVM Joerg Mayer, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACZM University of Georgia Because of their friendly and playful character, ferrets are commonly kept as pets in the United States. Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) belong to the family Mustelidae. The genus Mustela includes weasels, the European mink, the American mink, ferrets, and South American weasels. Ferrets …

From the Field
Focus on Overweight and Obesity in Cats

Kirk Breuninger, VMD, MPH, DACVPM Banfield Pet Hospital Vancouver, Washington From the Field shares insights from Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary team members. Drawing from the nationwide practice’s extensive research, as well as findings from its electronic veterinary medical records database and more than 8 million annual pet visits, this column is intended to explore topics …

Continuing Education
Gastroenterology
Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs and Cats

Kayode Garraway, DVM Karin Allenspach, DVM, PhD, DECVIM-CA Albert Jergens, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM) Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine CREATURE DISCOMFORTS Inflammatory bowel diseases are the most common cause of chronic vomiting and diarrhea in dogs and cats. The term IBD is used to describe a group of conditions characterized by inflammation …

Continuing Education| Dermatology | Canine Atopic Dermatitis: Updates on Diagnosis and Treatment

Frane Banovic, DVM, PhD, DECVD University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine CLEAN SLATE Topical once- to twice-weekly therapy using antimicrobial shampoos (eg, chlorhexidine, benzoyl peroxide, miconazole, ketoconazole) and ear cleansers are recommended as an essential component in the long-term management of secondary infected CAD.   Canine atopic dermatitis (CAD) is a common skin disorder …

Imaging Essentials
Ultrasonography of the Urinary Tract: Kidneys and Ureters

Elizabeth Huynh, DVM, and 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 …

Practical Toxicology
Christmas Plants: Hazards, History, and Holiday Dangers

Charlotte Means, DVM MLIS, DABVT, DABT ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center University of Illinois Welcome to Practical Toxicology, brought to you in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) (aspcapro.org/poison). This column provides practical clinical information about diagnosing and treating pets that have been exposed to potentially harmful substances. …

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