January/February 2016

Dilemmas in Dermatology: Pearls & Pitfalls

Douglas J. DeBoer, DVM, Diplomate ACVD University of Wisconsin Certain skin diseases universally present diagnostic and/or treatment dilemmas for general practitioners and specialists alike, and opinions abound on the “best” way to handle these conditions. This uncertainty largely reflects our lack of knowledge about these skin diseases and our relative inability to make evidence-based statements. …

Cultivating Employee Motivation

Charlotte A. Lacroix, DVM, JD Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey Once employers understand what motivates employees, they can create a work environment that meets their basic employment needs and uses incentives to reward desirable work behavior. One of the greatest challenges involved in operating a successful veterinary practice is keeping staff motivated. …

Updated Options for Periodontal Therapy

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC & EVDC Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery, San Diego, California Periodontal disease is the number one diagnosed problem in small animal veterinary medicine.1,2 Therefore, treatment and prevention of this malady are the subject of significant research, which has resulted in numerous new products and procedures—in …

Handling Euthanasia In Your Practice

Mary Gardner, DVM, and Dani McVety, DVM Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, We are not taught to be good at carrying out death: No one taught us how to walk into an examination room for a euthanasia appointment, what to say to a crying teenager, or whether to hug the elderly man who just …

The Practitioner’s Guide to Neurologic Causes of Canine Anisocoria

Heidi Barnes Heller, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), and Ellison Bentley, DVM, Diplomate ACVO University of Wisconsin–Madison Anisocoria is defined as pupil asymmetry, and may be seen with ocular or neurologic dysfunction (Figure 1).1 When anisocoria is caused by neurologic disease, unequal pupil size may result from malfunction of the sympathetic, parasympathetic, or visual systems. When …

Small Animal Abdominal Ultrasonography, Part 1: A Tour of the Abdomen

Welcome to our series of articles on small animal abdominal ultrasonography. The first 3 articles provided an overview of basic ultrasonography principles, while this article and the next will review a systematic pattern for scanning the abdomen. Future articles will discuss scanning principles and normal sonographic appearance of abdominal organs and systems as well as …

Fear: Physical Effects in Our Patients?

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC & ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine), University of Pennsylvania Dr. Marty Becker’s interview for The Back Page column of this issue reminds us about the Fear Free initiative, which has been gathering momentum over the last few years. This concept prompts many questions. Of course, we all want to have happy, … Protection Status