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Clinical Medicine

Canine Vaccination Guidelines
Key Points for Veterinary Practice

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM(Hon) In 2011, the Canine Vaccination Task Force, sponsored by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), revised vaccination guidelines for dogs.1 These canine vaccination guidelines have an immediate impact in private practice, with emphasis on 3 key areas: Developing vaccination protocols Vaccine adverse reactions Fundamental legal concerns …

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 …

Rehab RX: Early Rehabilitation
Modalities and Exercises

Debbie Gross Saunders, DPT, MSPT, CCRP, Diplomate ABPTS Physical rehabilitation of dogs is becoming more common in veterinary medicine. Rehabilitation tools may be employed on many levels for the canine client, starting with basic rehabilitation practices; then expanding based on the level of care the practice would like to offer. A multimodal approach should be …

Straight Talk: Pet Insurance Primer

Travis B. Meredith, DVM, MBA, Diplomate ACT My first experience with pet insurance was probably similar to that of many practitioners. Years ago, on a Friday evening, a client came in with a critical patient right before closing. After evaluating and stabilizing the patient and prepping staff and the surgery room for a splenectomy, the …

Today’s Technician
Colloid Therapy for Critically Ill Patients

David Liss, BA, RVT, VTS (Emergency & Critical Care, Small Animal Internal Medicine) Options for fluid therapy in critically ill patients have become more varied as market growth has added several products in the veterinary field. Not only do several crystalloid products, such as Plasma-Lyte A pH 7.4 (abbottanimalhealth.com) and lactated Ringer’s, exist but there …

Practical Dentistry
Feline Tooth Resorption

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC This is the seventh article in the Practical Dentistry series, which is focused on teaching veterinary professionals how to provide high-quality dental care as well as communicate with clients in order to help them understand why this care is so important for their pets.The first six articles in the series …

Imaging Essentials
Small Animal Carpus & Manus Radiography

Danielle Mauragis, CVT, and Clifford R. Berry, DVM, Diplomate ACVR This is the seventh article in our Imaging Essentials series, which is focused on providing comprehensive information on radiography of different anatomic areas of dogs and cats. The following articles are available at todaysveterinarypractice.com: Small Animal Thoracic Radiography (September/October 2011) Small Animal Abdominal Radiography (November/December 2011) Small Animal Pelvic …

AHS Heartworm Hotline
The Case of the Coughing Dog

Clarke Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) The Heartworm Hotline column is cosponsored by Today’s Veterinary Practice and The American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). Each article presents a question or questions on a particular area related to heartworm infection, prevention, diagnostics, and/or treatment. A 9-year-old, male German short-haired pointer is presented for rapid breathing, …

Selecting Continuing Education for Your Practice Team

Sheila Grosdidier, RVT, PHR, and Monica Dixon Perry, CVPM With all the continuing education (CE) choices available, how does a veterinary practice get the most out of the time, energy, and money spent to receive this education? Veterinary team learning has evolved and the health care team needs targeted, meaningful training if they are to …

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