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Ketamine: To Use or Not to Use for Pain Management

Ketamine is a useful adjunct to many surgical procedures as one of the most potent drugs available for NMDA-blockade.

  Ketamine has been in long and routine use as a dissociative anesthetic. More recently, new pharmacologic features of ketamine have been discovered that provide novel pain modification. Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in July 2011. Please use this content for reference or educational purposes, but note that it is not being actively …

Bonded Sealant Application for Crown Fractures

Bonded sealant application has many positives for patients and clinics.

    For uncomplicated crown fractures with no radiographic evidence of disease, bonded sealant application can: Resolve sensitivity Block infection Improve aesthetics Smooth the tooth to decrease plaque accumulation, delaying periodontal disease. This is a simple procedure that every veterinary hospital should offer. Clinics with dental radiology and a high-speed drill system can equip themselves …

The Latest News in Veterinary Medicine

Legislation Requiring Veterinarians to Write Prescriptions July 25, 2011–HR 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011, would require all veterinarians to write a prescription at the time of prescribing a medication, regardless of whether or not the veterinarian would also be dispensing the product to his or her client. Veterinarians would also be …

Collection of Commentaries on Recent Veterinary & Medical Literature

OPHTHALMOLOGY Canine Conjunctival Mast Cell Tumors: A Retrospective Study Fife M, Blocker T, Fife T, et al. Veterinary Ophthalmology 2011; 14(3):153-160. The canine eye seems to be a privileged site for protection from metastasis when it comes to some usually aggressive tumors, such as melanoma, hemangiosarcoma, and conjunctival mast cell tumors (MCTs), which was confirmed in …

In the Grasp of the Animal Kingdom

An Interview with Dr. Clarke Atkins In the 8 years I’ve been involved in veterinary publishing, Dr. Clarke Atkins is someone I’ve had the pleasure of working with on a number of articles; an author who I know is incredibly well respected for his dedication and depth of knowledge with regard to his field of …

Hepatocutaneous Syndrome in a Shiba Inu

This case report describes a 13-year-old Shiba Inu diagnosed with canine hepatocutaneous syndrome (HCS).

  Joel D. Ray, DVM, MS Consider This Case Overview This case report describes a 13-year-old Shiba Inu diagnosed with canine hepatocutaneous syndrome (HCS). The initial presenting signs were dull moth-eaten hair coat with erythema, crusts on the feet, and discoloration of pedal hairs. Diagnosis of HCS was made based on abdominal ultrasound and histopathology …

An Uncontrolled Diabetic Cat

Ann Della Maggiore, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM University of California—Davis Sugar, a 12-year-old spayed female Maine Coon cat, presented for poorly controlled diabetes and diabetic neuropathy. HISTORY Sugar was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus 2 years prior to presentation. Initially, her diabetes was moderately controlled on 5 to 6 units of recombinant human protamine zinc insulin (PZI) …

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