Lessons Learned From a Trying Year
NAVC Chief Veterinary Officer Dana Varble looks back at 2020 to take the good with the bad and prepare for a better year.
The year 2020 brought various trials for veterinary professionals. NAVC Chief Veterinary Officer Dana Varble takes a look back at lessons learned as we prepare for a positive 2021.
The Most Underutilized Resource in Your Clinic
Veterinary nurses are trained in a multitude of areas. Don't let their skills atrophy!
Some veterinarians have a hard time letting go of responsibilities. But fully utilizing your veterinary nurses will allow you to see more patients, enhance your relationship with clients and employees, and even improve your bottom line.
Feline Arterial Thromboembolism
While the prognosis for cats with ATE is considered guarded to poor, among those that survive the first 48 to 72 hours, many will eventually regain some or even all motor function.
Arterial thromboembolism is an acute or peracute condition that results from embolization of a thrombus within a peripheral artery. Take a closer look at the signs, diagnosis, and management of this often fatal disease.
Nutrition for Small Animal Cancer Patients
Clients will have questions about popular “cancer diets,” making it critical for practitioners to understand how they might affect a patient.
Clients may be confused by outside advice on the best diet for their pet with cancer. Look to the science to cut through the noise, and be sure to understand how cancer treatment could cause gaps in nutrition.
Herbal Therapies for Osteoarthritis
Curcumin, boswellia, and cannabis are the 3 most frequently used herbal compounds in veterinary settings.
Given the relatively limited pharmaceutical treatment options for patients with osteoarthritis, herbal therapies and other nonpharmaceutical options are viable alternatives worthy of consideration.
Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia
IMHA is one of the more commonly encountered causes of anemia in dogs and cats, but a practical management plan is required in order to identify and treat a suspected case.
The mortality rate among dogs with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia is high, but long-term prognosis after survival of the first months of treatment is fair.
Performing a Diet Trial to Identify Food Allergies in Dogs and Cats
A complete diagnostic elimination–challenge diet trial isolates the cause of adverse food reactions through 4 phases.
Confirmation of an adverse food reaction depends on reduction or resolution of clinical signs while the animal is being fed a strict elimination diet, recurrence of clinical signs when the animal’s diet is challenged, and resolution of signs after the elimination diet has been reinstated.
Wound Reconstruction Techniques: Free Skin Grafts
Full-thickness meshed sheet grafting and punch grafting are 2 of the most common grafting procedures performed in small animal practices.
In order to properly treat sizable wounds on the distal extremities of small animals, it’s helpful to know how skin grafts heal, tips for avoiding graft failure, and how to perform full-thickness meshed sheet and punch grafting.
The Endocannabinoid System and Phytocannabinoids
To ensure safety and effectiveness of cannabis use in animals, the challenge lies in education surrounding the endocannabinoid system and cannabis administration.
To use or advise clients about the use of cannabis as medicine, veterinarians must understand how the endocannabinoid system functions and how compounds in cannabis exert physiologic effects through accessing endogenous pathways.