January/February 2013

Table of Contents: January/February 2013

Want to view the the full digital issue? Click here. Features The Neurologic Examination in Companion Animals Part 1: Performing the Examination Helena Rylander, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) University of Wisconsin–Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine Feline Hyperthyroidism: Diagnosis & Therapeutic Modalities David Bruyette, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM West Los Angeles Animal Hospital   Bridging the Gap …

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Bridging the Gap Between Terminal Illness and Euthanasia

Don’t be afraid to discuss hospice and end-of-life options with clients. Owners are usually anxious and distressed when confronted with an aging pet and impending loss. The veterinary team can help these clients by asking about their expectations and fears as well as explaining the hospice process. It is important for owners to feel at peace when remembering the last few months of their pets’ lives.

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Beyond the Guaranteed Analysis: Comparing Pet Foods

Justin Shmalberg, DVM, Diplomate ACVN The guaranteed analysis found on all pet foods sold under AAFCO guidelines cannot be used to compare one pet food to another. The macronutrients listed are reported as minima and maxima, instead of the actual amount typically found in the food, and values listed are a percentage of weight as-fed. …

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Novel Trends in Small Animal Nutrition: A Practical Guide

Justin Shmalberg, DVM, Diplomate ACVN Nutritional assessment is a cornerstone of veterinary wellness care. Practitioners now encounter a number of new trends and controversies in small animal nutrition. This article examines the most common—grain-free, home-cooked, and raw diets—and addresses the controversy of carbohydrate/protein needs of feline patients. Nutritional assessment is a cornerstone of veterinary wellness …

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Feline Hyperthyroidism: Diagnosis & Therapeutic Modalities

David Bruyette, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM Hyperthyroidism is recognized as the most common endocrinopathy of older cats. Traditional therapeutic measures include thyroidectomy, radioactive iodine therapy, and antithyroid medications. A new therapeutic option—a limited-iodine diet that helps normalize thyroid hormone concentrations and alleviate clinical signs—is now available. Hyperthyroidism is recognized as the most common endocrinopathy of older …

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Finding Fulfillment in Feline Practice: An Interview With Elizabeth Colleran

At the 2013 NAVC Conference, the Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study’s latest findings, which focused on feline care in veterinary practice, were presented by Bayer’s Animal Health Division in partnership with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and Brakke Consulting. The AAFP’s representative (and past president), Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, kindly provided insight into her …

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Focus on Otitis

Over the past year, more than 20 journal articles addressing otitis in dogs and cats have been published worldwide. The following four abstracted articles provide useful preliminary data for practitioners on treatment of ear disease. Multidrug resistance can present a challenge when treating otic infections, particularly those caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococci and Pseudomonas species. There …

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