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Internal Medicine
The Asthmatic Cat: Management Guidelines

Tekla Lee-Fowler, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM) Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Asthma Therapy Management of the actue and the chronic asthmatic feline patient must be addressed using a multi-modal, anti-inflammatory approach. Feline asthma is an inflammatory condition of the lower airways that manifests clinically as a chronic cough and, in some cases, intermittent exacerbations …

The Neutering Controversy
Understanding Data on Hormones, Behavior and Neoplasia

Vanna M. Dickerson, DVM, MS Janet A. Grimes, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA Mandy L. Wallace, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Judgment Call The decision to spay or neuter a pet should be an individual one with a thorough discussion between the owner and the veterinarian about what risks are present and …

Continuing Education: Cardiology Congestive Heart Failure in Canines

Simon Swift, MA, VetMB, CertSAC, DECVIM (Cardiology), MRCVS University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Heart failure is a syndrome of clinical signs that, although well recognized by clinicians, is difficult to define precisely. It involves the heart’s inability to maintain output sufficient to meet the body’s needs, or to do so at normal filling …

Nutrition Notes
See Ya Later, Alligator! The Hypoallergenic Diet to Aid Patients

Alice M. Jeromin, RPh, DVM, DACVD Veterinary Allergy & Dermatology, Inc., Richfield, Ohio Novel Protein A thorough diet history must be asked of the owner inquiring which proteins the pet has been exposed to previously. Hippocrates said, “let food be your medicine and your medicine be food.” Wouldn’t it benefit our allergic patients to be …

Parasitology
Beyond Borders: The Truth About Ticks

Michael W. Dryden, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVM (parasitology) Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology Kansas State University Dealing with Tick Control When dealing with most 3-host ticks, the problem is that the majority of the reproducing ticks are not on the dogs or cats, but on their natural wildlife hosts. While often the same products that are …

Inside NAVC
The NAVC Learning Academy: Looking Ahead

Veterinary healthcare professionals need to continuously learn about the latest in veterinary medicine in order to bring the highest quality care to their patients. The NAVC Learning Academy, a new certification-based initiative, provides the tools and knowledge to help veterinary professionals meet their continuing educational needs. In line with NAVC’s mission, the Learning Academy offers …

Editor’s Note
The Challenges of “Youth”

Simon R. Platt, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN University of Georgia “Youth gets together with their materials to build a bridge to the moon or maybe a palace on earth; then in middle age they decide to build a woodshed with them instead.”— Henry David Thoreau   In our profession, there are certainly many challenges …

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