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January/February 2015

Feline Acute Pancreatitis: Current Concepts in Diagnosis and Therapy

Pancreatitis appears to be a common disease in cats, yet it remains frustratingly difficult to establish a clinical diagnosis with certainty. Clinicians must rely on a combination of compatible clinical findings, serum feline pancreatic lipase (fPL) measurement, and ultrasonographic changes in the pancreas to make an antemortem diagnosis, yet each of these 3 components has limitations.

We Are All Simply Veterinarians

Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal Internal Medicine) Louisiana State University Agricultural Center I recently had the opportunity to moderate a small animal surgery session at a continuing education event. For someone who has focused almost solely on food-producing animals for over 20 years, it was an unusual experience. It brought me back …

The Latest News in Veterinary Medicine

Diabetes PetCare Alliance Formed Merck Animal Health, Abbott Animal Health, and Nestlé Purina PetCare have joined together to form the Diabetes PetCare Alliance to help veterinarians raise awareness of diabetes signs in pets. Diabetes mellitus affects an estimated 1 in 250 cats and 1 in 500 dogs, and tends to be underdiagnosed. This is especially …

Flea Prevalence in Dogs & Cats

In each issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice, Pet Health by the Numbers correlates article topics with statistics provided by Banfield Pet Hospital (banfield.com). These statistics are extracted from data collected from the medical records of nearly 2.3 million dogs and 470,000 cats presented to more than 850 Banfield Pet Hospitals in 2013. Learn more about …

Proper Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC, Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery, San Diego, California Periodontal disease is the number one problem in small animal medicine.1,2 In fact, the classic university study reported that, by 2 years of age, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease.3 …

Feline Arthropods

Lindsay Starkey, DVM, Oklahoma State University, and Jay Stewart, DVM, Aumsville Animal Clinic, Aumsville, Oregon The mission of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is to foster animal and human health, while preserving the human—animal bond, through recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control of parasitic infections. For more information, including detailed parasite control …

How to Help Dogs That Are Aggressive During Leash Walking

Walking dogs can be one of the joys of pet ownership, with benefits for both people and dogs. Unfortunately, too many dog owners are unable to take their dogs for walks due to unwanted behaviors while on a leash, including barking, pulling, jumping, growling, and attempting to bite people and other dogs.

Practice Software & Technology, Part 2

 Travis Meredith, DVM, MBA, Diplomate ACT This year’s Practice Building column has been focused on building today’s veterinary practice. The series is dedicated to providing readers insight into issues and resources that support long-term practice growth. Previous articles have focused on areas of investment, lending and capital access, marketing and client communication tools, and …

The Facts About Feline Heartworm Disease

 Robert Stannard, DVM, Adobe Pet Hospital, Livermore, California The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well as highlight current topics related to …