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Management Strategies

Managing Urolithiasis in Dogs

Urolithiasis is a term that describes the formation of stones in any part of the urinary tract.

This article gives an overview of stone formation, clinical signs, diagnostic tests, types of stones, as well as medical and nonmedical dissolution plans.

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Is There an Optimal Age for Cat Spay or Neuter?

Several studies illustrate the benefits of spaying/neutering a cat before it reaches 5 months of age, the approximate time it reaches sexual maturity.

Several studies illustrate the benefits of spaying/neutering a cat before it reaches 5 months of age, the approximate time it reaches sexual maturity.

Managing Feline Urethral Obstruction

Diagnosis of feline urethral obstruction is straightforward, but the difficulty lies in recognition of the problem at home, as cats are masters of hiding illness.

Feline UO is a common emergency. Diagnosis of UO in cats is straightforward, but the difficulty lies in recognition of the problem at home.

Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration and Core Biopsy

Ultrasound-guided sampling techniques are relatively safe, low cost, minimally invasive techniques for obtaining diagnostic tissue samples.

Ultrasound-guided FNA and needle core biopsy are excellent techniques for obtaining diagnostic tissue samples. While complications are possible, they are usually minimal, especially when the procedure is performed by a highly trained and experienced veterinary sonographer.

Identifying Signs of Animal Abuse

Animal abuse diagnoses can be challenging, but being able to identify potential signs of abuse enables veterinarians to better serve their patients and clients.

There are plentiful resources for identifying and diagnosing animal abuse and neglect in order to better your patient’s life as soon as possible.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Veterinary Patients

CGMs for companion animals with diabetes have become more commonplace in veterinary medicine as the advancement and affordability have progressed past more traditional methods.

Continuous glucose monitors for companion animals with diabetes have become more commonplace in veterinary medicine as the advancement and affordability have progressed past more traditional methods.

Treating Periodontal Disease in General Practice

The keys to treating and controlling periodontal disease in companion animals and humans are the same: removal and prevention of accumulated plaque. Bacterial plaque and its inflammatory byproducts are the instigating agents of periodontal disease in the form of gingivitis; however, the body’s individual response determines the progression of disease.

Current Concepts in Periodontal Disease

Patients with periodontal disease are exposed to oral bacteria in the systemic bloodstream daily, creating a state of chronic disease. Periodontal disease is not merely a dental problem; it is an initiator of more severe local and systemic consequences.

Of the most common health problems of companion animals throughout their life, dental disease stands out as the number 1 concern. Sadly, many owners and veterinarians still misunderstand the significant effects of periodontal disease, believing them to be limited to bad breath and tooth loss. This lack of understanding, combined with improper or outdated diagnostic methods, can lead to delayed therapy at best and misdiagnosis at worst. Intervention by veterinarians and educated owners is the only solution to improving health and alleviating distress in these patients.

Chronic Pancreatitis in Cats

Pancreatitis is common among cats, although its exact incidence is unknown. The disease can take several forms—acute, chronic, and acute on chronic (an episode of acute pancreatitis in a patient with chronic pancreatitis)—and differentiating among the forms clinically and making an antemortem diagnosis in cats remain challenging.

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