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Educating Clients About Natural Heartworm Prevention

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 topics related to heartworm research and findings in veterinary medicine. “Are there …

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Compassion Fatigue and the Veterinarian

From the Field shares insights from Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary team members. Drawing from the nationwide practice’s extensive research, as well as findings from its electronic veterinary medical records database and more than 8 million annual pet visits, this column is intended to explore topics and spark conversations relevant to veterinary practices that ultimately help …

Clinical Insights

Pimobendan and Heart Disease

Pimobendan is a benzimidazole-pyridazinone derivative, labeled for use in dogs to manage congestive heart failure (CHF) resulting from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) or degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) in the United States. On the basis of its positive inotropic effects combined with arteriovenous dilation, it is classified as an inodilator.1 In this article, we provide relevant …

Finding Balance
Overcoming the State of Overwhelm

Dr. Laura Baltodano, Owner of Lighthouse Pet Clinic Lehigh Acres, Florida Have you ever found yourself with your fingers interlaced through your hair pressing and digging into your scalp, or perhaps even pulling your hair, in frustration? From the moment you wake up, it seems that everyone is demanding your attention. It’s no wonder that …

Focus On Hypothermia in the Operating Room

Jane Quandt, DVM, DACVAA, DACVECC University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Keeping any anesthetized animal from hypothermia before, during, and after surgery is a delicate balance of monitoring during treatment and avoiding potential complications when the animal is recovering. This article provides a case study of a Yorkshire terrier under anesthesia during surgery, along …

Imaging Essentials
Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasonography:
The Pancreas

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 …

The Neutering Controversy
Understanding Data on Hormones, Behavior and Neoplasia

Vanna M. Dickerson, DVM, MS Janet A. Grimes, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA Mandy L. Wallace, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Judgment Call The decision to spay or neuter a pet should be an individual one with a thorough discussion between the owner and the veterinarian about what risks are present and …

Continuing Education: Cardiology Congestive Heart Failure in Canines

Simon Swift, MA, VetMB, CertSAC, DECVIM (Cardiology), MRCVS University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Heart failure is a syndrome of clinical signs that, although well recognized by clinicians, is difficult to define precisely. It involves the heart’s inability to maintain output sufficient to meet the body’s needs, or to do so at normal filling …

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