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Assessing Chronic Pain In Dogs

Mark E. Epstein, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Canine/Feline), CVPP Finding precise, reliable, and accurate measures of chronic pain in animals is a difficult effort. However, much research has gone into developing measurement methods to evaluate chronic pain in dogs (and, more recently, cats); this article reviews the pain scales currently available. One thing clinicians and investigators …

Dermatology Details: Dermatologic Markers of Internal Disease in Dogs & Cats

Chris Reeder, DVM, Diplomate ACVD Dermatologic diseases comprise about 20% of a practitioner’s caseload. While many skin diseases are allergic or infectious, skin lesions can also be manifestations of internal disease. Dermatologic diseases in small animal veterinary medicine comprise roughly 20% of a general practitioner’s caseload.1 The skin has many functions, including thermoregulation, camouflage, and …

Diagnosis of Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

Todd Archer, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, and Andrew Mackin, BSc, BVMS, Diplomate ACVIM Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia is one of the most common immune-mediated hematologic disorders in dogs and cats. Part 1 of this 2-article series discusses pathophysiology and diagnosis of IMHA, including patient predilection, history and clinical signs, physical examination, diagnostics, and differential diagnoses. Immune-mediated hemolytic …

Top Ten: Toxicoses in Dogs & Cats

Tina Wismer, DVM, Diplomate ABVT & ABT In honor of Poison Prevention Week, Dr. Wismer of the ASPCA’s Poison Control Center reviews information gathered from over 180,000 cases to name the “top ten” types of poisonings in 2012. March 17 through 23, 2013, is designated as Poison Prevention Week by the Poison Prevention Week Council …

On Your Best Behavior
Dog as a Second Language:
A Primer for Humans

Ilana Reisner, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVB While humans recognize overt happiness or fear in their canine companions, dogs use a more subtle language to communicate with other dogs and us. By watching, we can become more fluent in their rich vocabulary. Taboo is a small, male Chihuahua mix, with an unknown background, recently adopted from …

Home Monitoring of Blood Glucose
Practical Tips for Incorporating It into Your Practice

Heather Lynch, RVT, LVT Great improvements in hand-held glucometer technology have made home monitoring of blood glucose possible for many owners of diabetic animals. Last year, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) issued the AAHA Diabetes Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats,1 which included the following statement: “Home monitoring of blood glucose (BG) is ideal …

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