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Update on Clinical Acute Pain Assessment in Cats

Effective pain assessment tools allow practitioners to identify the presence of pain in companion animals that may be disguising their discomfort.

Inadequately diagnosed and treated acute pain can result in serious, lifelong physiologic and psychologic consequences. Implementation of pain assessment tools can improve a veterinary hospital’s success in pain management.

Essential to Every Cell: Cobalamin in Health and Disease

Clinical signs associated with hypocobalaminemia include gastrointestinal issues, immunodeficiency, metabolic derangements, and more.

Cobalamin, commonly known as vitamin B12, is a water-soluble vitamin used by every cell in the body, thus is required for maintenance of normal physiologic functions. Given cobalamin’s essential role in health, it follows that cobalamin-deficient states, or hypocobalaminemia, can contribute to disease pathophysiology.

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.

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 Diabetic Cat with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Managing IBD in diabetic cats can be challenging, but certain diets and therapy can improve patient wellbeing.

Comorbid conditions can complicate the management of cats with DM, and those with concurrent GI dysfunction such as IBD present some unique challenges.

Update on Ovariohysterectomy

Use of efficient surgical techniques during an ovariohysterectomy should prove beneficial for the patient, surgeon, and veterinary business alike.

Use of efficient surgical techniques during an ovariohysterectomy should prove beneficial for the patient, surgeon, and veterinary business alike.

Esophageal Foreign Bodies in Dogs: Presentation and Removal

There are several ways to retrieve esophageal foreign bodies in dogs, including blind removal, endoscopic retrieval, fluoroscopic retrieval, and surgical retrieval.

There are several ways to retrieve an esophageal foreign body, including blind removal, endoscopic retrieval, fluoroscopic retrieval, and surgical retrieval.

Treatment Plans for Routine and Refractory Canine Epilepsy

An effective epilepsy treatment plan for dogs should reduce seizure frequency, minimize adverse drug effects, and maximize quality of life.

An effective epilepsy treatment plan for dogs should reduce seizure frequency, minimize adverse drug effects, and maximize quality of life.

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