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Heartworm Testing: A Yearly Necessity?

Clarke Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) It is a pleasure to introduce a new series, which will be presenting questions asked by veterinary professionals and clients about heartworm infection. This series is co-sponsored by Today’s Veterinary Practice (todaysveterinarypractice.com) and The American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). Each article will present a question or questions on a …

Venipuncture in Exotic Companion Mammals

Amanda M. Maddamma, RVT, and Angela M. Lennox, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian) Blood collection for diagnostic testing can be a challenge in exotic companion mammals, especially in smaller species. However, today’s technological advancements allow us to gain valuable information even with limited sample volume. In all cases, sample quality and minimal volume requirements must be …

Small Animal Radiography of the Scapula, Shoulder, & Humerus

This is the fifth article in our Imaging Essentials series, which is focused on providing comprehensive information on radiography of different anatomic areas of dogs and cats. The first four articles are available at todaysveterinarypractice.com: Small Animal Thoracic Radiography (Sept/Oct 2011) Small Animal Abdominal Radiography (Nov/Dec 2011) Small Animal Pelvic Radiography (Jan/Feb 2012) Small Animal …

Physical Rehabilitation for Veterinary Practices

John M. Burnett and Jennifer L. Wardlaw, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS Physical rehabilitation for veterinary patients expedites return to normal function, pain relief, and encouragement of optimal health for patients suffering from orthopedic, neurologic, and chronic diseases. Patients that use rehabilitation programs range from overweight pets and those recovering from injuries and surgeries to senior …

Pain Assessment in Dogs and Cats

Anusha Balakrishnan, BVSc, and Elana Benasutti, CVT The greatest evil is physical pain. – Saint Augustine Pain has long been recognized in human medicine as having a deleterious effect on several organ systems in the body. It has been shown to: Amplify the body’s stress response to traumatic injury Cause several metabolic and endocrine derangements …

Periodontal Disease: Utilizing Current Information to Improve Client Compliance

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC Periodontal disease is the number one health problem in small animal patients. This is the fourth article in the Practical Dentistry series, which is focused on teaching veterinary professionals how to provide high-quality dental care to patients as well as communicate with clients in order to help them …