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Diagnostic Approach to Otitis in Dogs

  Susan Paterson, MA, VetMB, DVD, DipECVD, MRCVS, RCVS, European Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology Effective diagnosis of ear disease requires a combination of diagnostic techniques to evaluate the pinna, ear canal, middle ear, and ear discharge. Ear disease is an extension of skin disease and, as such, the general approach to cases is very similar. …

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Systemic Hypertension in Dogs & Cats

  Amy Dixon-Jimenez, DVM; Gregg Rapoport, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology); and Scott A. Brown, VMD, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM Systemic arterial hypertension is increasingly recognized as a disease that impacts survival and quality of life for small animal patients and, as such, is being diagnosed with more frequency. Patients with hypertension (HT) are often subclinical or …

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Cardiac Blood Tests in Cats: Another Tool for Detection of Heart Disease

  Mark Oyama, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology) The NT-proBNP assay’s clinical utility has been demonstrated in patients with clinical signs, but what about its ability to assess risk of occult disease? Diagnosis is complicated by the fact that while heart murmurs are relatively common in adult cats, not every cat with a murmur has underlying …

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Ten Ways to Improve Your Orthopedic Examination

  Derek B. Fox, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS Correctly diagnosing any orthopedic condition begins with completing a thorough orthopedic examination. In a stable patient, the orthopedic examination will include a full assessment of the musculoskeletal and neurologic systems. Radiographs and other specific diagnostic tests may also be included. 1. Signalment is Your Friend The orthopedic …

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