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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.

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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.

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Congestive Heart Failure in Canines

Heart failure is a syndrome of clinical signs that, although well recognized by clinicians, is difficult to define precisely. Treatment of CHF in dogs can be divided into two phases: acute and chronic.

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Acute Glaucoma: A True Emergency

Shelby Reinstein, DVM, MS, DACVO Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center Levittown, Pennsylvania PRONE BREEDS Primary glaucoma is strongly breed related, and some of the most commonly affected dog breeds are the beagle, basset hound, Boston terrier, cocker spaniel, and shar-pei. THE BASICS OF GLAUCOMA Glaucoma is an elevation of the intraocular pressure (IOP) with associated …

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Ultrasonography of the Gastrointestinal Tract: Ileum, Cecum, Colon

Elizabeth Huynh, DVM Clifford R. Berry, DVM, DACVR University of Florida Welcome to our series of articles on small animal abdominal ultrasonography. The initial articles provided an overview of basic ultrasonography principles and a discussion about how to perform a systematic scan of the abdomen. The rest of the series discusses ultrasound evaluation of specific …

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Finding the Balance in Your Patients with Cardiovascular and Renal Disease

Cardiovascular and renal disease are commonly diagnosed in cats and dogs; incidence increases with patient age. Each condition is irreversible and progressive. These conditions are particularly challenging when they occur simultaneously; what is good for one system may be counterproductive for the other. In this article, we describe the physiologic interactions between these 2 systems, disease classifications, techniques for detecting one condition in the presence of the other, and strategies for managing patients with these co-existing conditions.

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Avian Aspergillosis: What Every Veterinarian Needs to Know

Joyce Huang, BSFR Joerg Mayer, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACZM University of Georgia BIRD’S EYE VIEW Certain avian species such as captive psittacines have been reported to be more at risk for Aspergillus infection.   WHAT IS IT? Aspergillosis, a noncontagious, opportunistic fungal infection, is caused by Aspergillus species. It is also known as a mycotic …

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