Alfaxalone: An Old Drug in a New Formulation
Alfaxalone has been used to induce general anesthesia for many years, but only recently has a new formulation with preservatives become available in the United States. This formulation has a shelf life of 28 days after first use. It is approved for IV administration to induce and maintain general anesthesia in dogs and cats; however, it is also used via the IM route for induction and sedation (off label).
The Importance of Elevating Veterinary Technicians
Banfield is invested in supporting credentialed veterinary technicians. In addition to increasing hourly pay and continuing education funding for all our veterinary technicians in 2018, Banfield is supporting the Veterinary Nurse Initiative.
Nutrition and Wound Healing
Wound healing requires the body to have sufficient energy stores to rebuild tissue. Without these resources, the animal’s body begins to break down endogenous protein in an attempt to meet its needs for the “building blocks” of healing. A strategy to provide adequate nutrients should be created for every wound patient.
Time’s Up? Not Yet
Female veterinarians are still lagging behind their male peers in terms of pay, and men still outnumber women in more senior roles, despite a female majority across the profession as a whole.
Preliminary Data From Cannabidiol Clinical Trials “Promising” for Canines With Epilepsy
Researchers found that 89% of canines that received cannabidiol in a clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures compared to 43% in the control group.
Allergic Dermatitis in Canines and Felines
Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2018 State of Pet Health® Report focused on the 3 common allergic dermatitis conditions found in pet patients: food, flea, and atopy.
The Diagnosis of Canine Hyperadrenocorticism
Diagnosis of canine hyperadrenocorticism (HAC) or Cushing’s syndrome is difficult in some cases due to factors such as the presence of nonadrenal illness and limitations in the tests.
Internal Medicine: The Asthmatic Cat—Management Guidelines
Management of the acute and the chronic asthmatic feline patient must be addressed using a multi-modal, anti-inflammatory approach. In acute exacerbations, feline asthma can be life-threatening and require emergent management.
The Neutering Controversy: Understanding Data on Hormones, Behavior and Neoplasia
The ASPCA estimates that roughly 7.6 million animals enter shelters in the United States each year, a large proportion of which are euthanized. Given this staggering number, decreasing the number of births through spaying and neutering seems like a straightforward decision; however, it is not that simple. New research has brought to light potential downsides to spaying and neutering that should be considered.