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Gabapentin and Amantadine for Chronic Pain: Is Your Dose Right?

Senior Patients Dealing with Chronic Pain The most common cause of chronic maladaptive pain is osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease. Pain is not always a bad thing, and all pain is not the same. Acute (protective) pain differs from chronic (maladaptive) pain in terms of function and treatment. This article describes the types of pain, …

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Feline Medicine Pandora Syndrome in Cats: Diagnosis and Treatment

PRACTICING CAT FRIENDLY The articles presented by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) focus on feline-specific information on cats’ unique behaviors; diagnosis and evaluation of disease and conditions; better approaches and techniques for cats; and strategies to decrease stress associated with the veterinary visit for cats, caregivers, and your team. LOWER URINARY SIGNS? Consider …

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Understanding the Cat

PRACTICING CAT FRIENDLY The articles presented by American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) focus on feline-specific information on cats’ unique behaviors; diagnosis and evaluation of disease and conditions; better approaches and techniques for cats; and strategies to decrease stress associated with the veterinary visit for cats, caregivers, and your team. BEHAVIORAL RESPONSES Cats caged against …

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 …

Finding the Balance in Your Patients with Cardiovascular and Renal Disease

Audrey K. Cook, BVM&S, DACVIM, DECVIM, DABVP (Feline) Ashley B. Saunders, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) Texas A&M University Detecting Heart Disease Most heart disease in dogs is unmasked by clues detected during physical examination (eg, murmur, arrhythmia, or jugular pulses). Cardiovascular and renal disease are commonly diagnosed in cats and dogs; incidence increases with patient age. …

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Gastroenterology
Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs and Cats

Kayode Garraway, DVM Karin Allenspach, DVM, PhD, DECVIM-CA Albert Jergens, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM) Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine CREATURE DISCOMFORTS Inflammatory bowel diseases are the most common cause of chronic vomiting and diarrhea in dogs and cats. The term IBD is used to describe a group of conditions characterized by inflammation …

Continuing Education| Dermatology | Canine Atopic Dermatitis: Updates on Diagnosis and Treatment

Frane Banovic, DVM, PhD, DECVD University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine CLEAN SLATE Topical once- to twice-weekly therapy using antimicrobial shampoos (eg, chlorhexidine, benzoyl peroxide, miconazole, ketoconazole) and ear cleansers are recommended as an essential component in the long-term management of secondary infected CAD.   Canine atopic dermatitis (CAD) is a common skin disorder …

Advances in Feline Cardiac Diagnostics

Brent Aona, DVM, and Darcy Adin, DVM, DACVIM North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine THE RIGHT COMBINATION The diagnosis of cardiac disease in cats can be challenging and may require a combination of history, physical examination, laboratory evaluation, electrocardiography, diagnostic imaging, and systemic workup. The diagnosis of cardiac disease in cats can be …

Chronic Vomiting in Cats: When to Recommend Endoscopy

Kyle Restle, DVM Jacqueline Whittemore, DVM, PhD, DACVIM University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine PET PEEVES Chronic vomiting in cats is a frustrating condition, and accurate diagnosis hinges on use of a systematic approach. Endoscopy is warranted after systemic diseases have been ruled out, particularly in cases without solitary jejunal disease. Chronic vomiting is …

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