Dermatology Details
Dilemmas in Dermatology: Pearls & Pitfalls

Douglas J. DeBoer, DVM, Diplomate ACVD University of Wisconsin Certain skin diseases universally present diagnostic and/or treatment dilemmas for general practitioners and specialists alike, and opinions abound on the “best” way to handle these conditions. This uncertainty largely reflects our lack of knowledge about these skin diseases and our relative inability to make evidence-based statements. …

Practical Dentistry
Updated Options for Periodontal Therapy

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC & EVDC Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery, San Diego, California Periodontal disease is the number one diagnosed problem in small animal veterinary medicine.1,2 Therefore, treatment and prevention of this malady are the subject of significant research, which has resulted in numerous new products and procedures—in …

Practice Building
Handling Euthanasia In Your Practice

Mary Gardner, DVM, and Dani McVety, DVM Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, lapoflove.com We are not taught to be good at carrying out death: No one taught us how to walk into an examination room for a euthanasia appointment, what to say to a crying teenager, or whether to hug the elderly man who just …

Common Neoplastic Skin Lesions in Dogs & Cats: Cytologic Diagnosis & Treatment Options

Laura D. Garrett, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology) University of Illinois Cytology, the microscopic examination of tissue samples spread onto slides, is a powerful tool for evaluation of skin lesions in small animal patients.1 In many cases, cytology can provide a definitive diagnosis for cutaneous masses. In others, sample evaluation can rule out some differential diagnoses …

Imaging Essentials
Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasonography
A Tour of the Abdomen: Part 1

Danielle Mauragis, AS, CVT and Clifford R. Berry, DVM, Diplomate ACVR University of Florida Welcome to our series of articles on small animal abdominal ultrasonography. The first 3 articles provided an overview of basic ultrasonography principles, while this article and the next will review a systematic pattern for scanning the abdomen. Future articles will discuss …

Endoscopy Essentials
Endoscopic Foreign Body Retrieval

Esophageal and gastric foreign bodies are commonly encountered in small animal practice. Endoscopy is the treatment of choice for esophageal and gastric foreign bodies, as it can be used to remove a variety of foreign objects with little risk to the patient. When compared with surgery, endoscopy offers clients a less invasive and less expensive option…

Focus on Infectious Diseases
Journal Club

It seems to be getting harder and harder for veterinarians to “keep up.” Advances in technology result in ongoing discoveries every week, and the number of journals with important information appears to grow exponentially. In this Journal Club column, some key articles about infectious diseases are highlighted. You may not have come across them in …

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