Designing a Formulary That Works for Your Practice
From the Field shares insights from Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary team members. Drawing from the nationwide practice’s extensive research, as well as findings from its electronic veterinary medical records database and more than 8 million annual pet visits, this column is intended to explore topics and spark conversations relevant to veterinary practices that ultimately help …
Feeding Cats With Chronic Kidney Disease: Customizing the Nutritional Management Plan
Nutritional intervention is the cornerstone for maintaining health and quality of life for cats with chronic kidney disease. Rather than resorting to the one-size-fits-all dietary approaches of the past, veterinarians today can manage patients as the unique individuals they are.
Chronic Kidney Disease Screening and Confirmation Testing in Cats
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions in older cats. A 1992 study of 2228 cats found 31% of cats older than 10 years to be affected1; a smaller and more recent study of a random cohort of cats found incidence to be 50%.2 New testing options may help you …
Focus on Quality: New Tools to Support Patient Safety in Anesthesia
Banfield launched a new anesthesia program, including Anesthesia and Analgesia for the Veterinary Practitioner: Canine and Feline and the introduction of Anesthesia Medical Quality Standards. Guidelines, protocols and Clinical Essentials have been developed from an evaluation of the current literature, consensus of board-certified veterinary specialists and align with other professional standards, whenever possible.
Educating Clients About Natural Heartworm Prevention
When explaining the benefits of heartworm preventives, the key message to stress is that failing to give heartworm preventives can result in heartworm infection, a potentially deadly disease.
Dietary Guidelines for Dogs with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
Manipulating a patient’s diet can slow the progression of CKD in dogs, minimize uremic symptoms, and improve quality of life.
Manipulating a patient’s diet can minimize uremic symptoms, and improve quality of life for dogs with CKD, chronic kidney disease.
Compassion Fatigue and the Veterinarian
Taking care of ourselves and showing support to our colleagues sets the tone for providing optimal patient care.
Compassion fatigue will never have a one-size-fits-all solution, but it’s imperative that we do the right things for ourselves and our profession by talking about and making our mental health and wellbeing a priority. For us to be the best veterinary professionals we can be, we must first take care of ourselves.
2018 Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)® Report: A Feline Focus on Antimicrobial Usage
Molly McAllister, DVM, MPH, VP Veterinary Science Banfield Pet Hospital From the Field shares insights from Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary team members. Drawing from the nationwide practice’s extensive research, as well as findings from its electronic veterinary medical records database and more than 8 million annual pet visits, this column is intended to explore topics …
See Ya Later, Alligator! The Hypoallergenic Diet to Aid Patients
Wouldn’t it benefit our allergic patients to be able to control their symptoms with diet and less, if any, medications? Clinically, presentations of food hypersensitivity appear the same as food intolerance, but immunologically they are different. Food allergy in pets has been described as early as 1920 yet the diagnosis is often elusive as it coexists 20-30% of the time with other allergies.