Clinical Medicine

AHS Heartworm Hotline
Wolbachia and Heartworm: Why Doxycycline Is Needed in Heartworm Treatment

Andy Moorhead, DVM, MS, PhD University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well as highlight current …

Canine House Soiling: Back to Basics

Kelly C. Ballantyne, DVM, DACVB Veterinary Behavior at Illinois, Chicago, IL LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION If the dog or puppy is caught in the act of eliminating indoors, the owner can attempt to interrupt by clapping or whistling, and then immediately bringing the pet to the desired location. Despite the general ease of house training, house …

Advances in Feline Cardiac Diagnostics

Brent Aona, DVM, and Darcy Adin, DVM, DACVIM North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine THE RIGHT COMBINATION The diagnosis of cardiac disease in cats can be challenging and may require a combination of history, physical examination, laboratory evaluation, electrocardiography, diagnostic imaging, and systemic workup. The diagnosis of cardiac disease in cats can be …

Intestinal Microbes and Digestive System Disease in Dogs

Jan S. Suchodolski, MedVet, DrVetMed, PhD, AGAF, DACVM Texas A&M University The intestinal microbiota comprises viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In the past, the word microflora has been used to describe this complex ecosystem, but microbiota (from –bios, “living organisms”) is the more appropriate term. The microbiome is the collective genome of all these microbes. …

Management of Dogs and Cats With Cognitive Dysfunction

Lynne Seibert, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVB Veterinary Behavior Consultants, Roswell, Georgia Behavior changes in older patients can indicate underlying medical issues, diminishing sensory capacities, age-related cognitive decline, a primary behavioral disorder, or a combination of these. Behavior problems can cause significant suffering for the patient, may challenge the caregiver’s ability to care for the pet, …

Tips to Avoid Tooth Extraction Complications

Brenda L. Mulherin, DVM, DAVDC Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine One of the most common procedures performed by general practitioners in the oral cavity is surgical tooth extraction. The procedure is either a closed extraction, in which the tooth is extracted without a mucoperiosteal flap, or an open extraction, in which a mucoperiosteal …

How I Treat Pneumothorax
An Interview with Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro

Elisa Mazzaferro, DVM, PhD, DACVECC Staff Criticalist, Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency-Critical Care, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Today’s Veterinary Practice “How I Treat” column is based on the popular How I Treat sessions presented at the annual NAVC Conference (now VMX) in Orlando, Florida (navc.com/conference). This column features …

Imaging Essentials
Ultrasonography of the Adrenal Glands

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 …

Dermatology Details
Dermatology Diagnostics: Skin Scrapes, Hair Plucks, and More

Chris Reeder, DVM, DACVD Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Franklin, Tennessee Parasites, such as chiggers and scabies-causing mites, can cause tremendous itching. Fungal organisms, such as dermatophytes, can affect the hair, resulting in fracturing and large areas of crusting, nodules, or excoriations. Not all dermal problems come from external threats; various breed-related issues, such as color-dilution …

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