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Fundamentals for Today’s Insulin Therapy

  Michael Schaer, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVECC & Thomas Schermerhorn, VMD, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) The veterinary profession has had to adjust the treatment of the diabetic patient due to changes in insulin production and availability. Most of the products used in dogs and cats are dictated by products used in humans. …

Resuscitative Fluid Therapy for Circulatory Shock

Deborah Silverstein, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC Resuscitative fluid therapy commonly refers to the treatment of circulatory shock and utilizes intravenous fluids to help restore circulating blood volume.1,2  Shock is best defined as inadequate cellular energy production.3 When oxygen delivery (DO2) to the tissues is insufficient relative to tissue oxygen consumption (VO2), an energy deficit occurs. The …

Small Animal Thoracic Radiography

This article is the first in a series of articles that will discuss various radiographic positions and techniques. The veterinary technician plays a critical role in the development and maintenance of a radiographic program at a veterinary practice. Thus, it is the responsibility of the technician to be familiar with the basics of: Anatomy and …

Dental Services: Good Medicine for Patients & Practices

  Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC This is the first article in our Practical Dentistry series, which will present various ways of increasing revenue through offering dental services in the general veterinary practice. This series will present techniques and procedures that require minimal expense, effort, and training, yet have proven to be invaluable …

Diagnostic Approach to Otitis in Dogs

  Susan Paterson, MA, VetMB, DVD, DipECVD, MRCVS, RCVS, European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology Effective diagnosis of ear disease requires a combination of diagnostic techniques to evaluate the pinna, ear canal, middle ear, and ear discharge. Ear disease is an extension of skin disease and, as such, the general approach to cases is very similar. …

Systemic Hypertension in Dogs & Cats

  Amy Dixon-Jimenez, DVM; Gregg Rapoport, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology); and Scott A. Brown, VMD, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM Systemic arterial hypertension is increasingly recognized as a disease that impacts survival and quality of life for small animal patients and, as such, is being diagnosed with more frequency. Patients with hypertension (HT) are often subclinical or …

Cardiac Blood Tests in Cats: Another Tool for Detection of Heart Disease

  Mark Oyama, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology) The NT-proBNP assay’s clinical utility has been demonstrated in patients with clinical signs, but what about its ability to assess risk of occult disease? Diagnosis is complicated by the fact that while heart murmurs are relatively common in adult cats, not every cat with a murmur has underlying …

Ten Ways to Improve Your Orthopedic Examination

  Derek B. Fox, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS Correctly diagnosing any orthopedic condition begins with completing a thorough orthopedic examination. In a stable patient, the orthopedic examination will include a full assessment of the musculoskeletal and neurologic systems. Radiographs and other specific diagnostic tests may also be included. 1. Signalment is Your Friend The orthopedic …

Diagnosis of Canine Heartworm Infection

  Margaret C. Barr, DVM, PhD; Elizabeth P. Boynton, DVM; Peggy L. Schmidt, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVPM; Frank Bossong, DVM; and Gary R. Johnston, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVR Dirofilaria immitis, the causative agent of canine heartworm disease, induces significant cardiopulmonary pathology in dogs in the United States and worldwide. Although highly effective methods are available to prevent infection in …

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