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Clinical Medicine

Canine Leptospirosis
A Perspective on Recent Trends

Kenneth R. Harkin, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM) Leptospirosis has been described as a re-emerging disease in both dogs and humans.1,2 Whether or not a true increase in the incidence of canine leptospirosis (Figure 1) has occurred over the past 2 decades is unclear. Increased awareness and vigilance, partly spurred by educational campaigns, have likely increased …

An Everyday Approach to Canine Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease

Mark A. Oyama, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology) Degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) is a common canine cardiac disease; approximately 30% of dogs over age 10 possess the characteristic left-sided systolic murmur of DMVD and resulting mitral regurgitation (MR).1 DMVD is most common in small breeds, with some breeds being highly predisposed. For example, virtually all …

Feline Rhinitis & Upper Respiratory Disease   

Claire R. Sharp, BSc, BVMS (Hons), MS, CMAVA, Diplomate ACVECC A 5-year-old cat with nasal discharge and sneezing is presented at your practice. What are your differential diagnoses? What diagnostics do you pursue? Depending on the diagnosis, what treatment options can you initiate? Upper respiratory tract (URT) diseases are remarkably common in cats and can …

Behavioral Medicine
Top 10 Tools for Success

Ilana Reisner, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVB Behavior problems may seem daunting, but primary care veterinarians can provide critical interventions by diagnosing and managing the behavior problems they frequently face in clinical practice. Implementing behavior-related questions into a routine examination and training team members to note owners’ behavior-related questions opens the door for behavior assessment in …

Today’s Technician
Developing a Nutrition Program in Your Practice 

Heather Lynch, RVT, LVT Pet nutrition is big business. In a competitive market, veterinary practices need to maximize their influence as pet care experts to help owners make appropriate, well-informed decisions. In 2012, it is estimated that pet owners will spend 52 billion dollars on their pets; approximately half of this will be spent on …

Hot Topic
Preserving Your Parasite Preventive Program

Christine M. Meredith, VMD, and Travis B. Meredith, DVM, MBA, Diplomate ACT It’s summer again and most practices are in the swing of the preventive medicine push. As the bugs come out, much of our time is spent communicating with clients about preventing the clinical diseases associated with fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other vectors. The …

Practical Dentistry
Introduction to Oral Neoplasia in the Dog & Cat

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC The oral cavity is a very common place to encounter neoplastic growths, which may range from benign to malignant.1-3 The key to successful therapy of oral masses is early detection and definitive diagnosis. The best therapy for oral masses is complete surgical resection.1,4-5 If surgery is performed early, the procedure …

Imaging Essentials: Small Animal Elbow and Antebrachium Radiography

Danielle Mauragis, CVT, and Clifford R. Berry, DVM, Diplomate ACVR This is the sixth 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 …

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