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July/August 2011

July/August 2011
Table of Contents

Want to view the the full digital issue? Click here. Features Unique Therapies for Difficult Wounds Jennifer L. Wardlaw, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS and Kristen O’Connell Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Diagnosis & Treatment of Crown Fractures Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties Advances in Stem Cell Therapy: …

Diagnosis of Canine Heartworm Infection

  Margaret C. Barr, DVM, PhD; Elizabeth P. Boynton, DVM; Peggy L. Schmidt, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVPM; Frank Bossong, DVM; and Gary R. Johnston, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVR Dirofilaria immitis, the causative agent of canine heartworm disease, induces significant cardiopulmonary pathology in dogs in the United States and worldwide. Although highly effective methods are available to prevent infection in …

Welfare & Ethics in Veterinary Shelter Medicine

  Sherry Loveless, Animal Behavior and Conservation Program of Hunter College, City University of New York and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Virginia Animal behavior and welfare scientists, veterinarians, and researchers from disciplines, such as physiology, psychology, and ethics have made ardent strides in understanding and improving the lives of animals in …

Focus on Pharmacology: Ketamine
To Use or Not to Use for Pain Management

Mark E. Epstein, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (C/F), CVPP, & dAAPM Ketamine has been in long and routine use as a dissociative anesthetic. More recently, new pharmacologic features of ketamine have been discovered that provide novel pain modification. It’s Place in Pain Management It is well-established in human medicine that the use of adjunct medications, including …

Practice Step by Step
Bonded Sealant Application for Crown Fractures

Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC For uncomplicated crown fractures with no radiographic evidence of disease, bonded sealant application can: Resolve sensitivity Block infection Improve aesthetics Smooth the tooth to decrease plaque accumulation, delaying periodontal disease. This is a simple procedure that every veterinary hospital should offer. Clinics with dental radiology and a high-speed …

Today’s Veterinary News
The Latest News in Veterinary Medicine

Legislation Requiring Veterinarians to Write Prescriptions July 25, 2011–HR 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011, would require all veterinarians to write a prescription at the time of prescribing a medication, regardless of whether or not the veterinarian would also be dispensing the product to his or her client. Veterinarians would also be …

Journal Club

Collection of Commentaries on Recent Veterinary & Medical Literature OPHTHALMOLOGY Canine Conjunctival Mast Cell Tumors: A Retrospective Study Fife M, Blocker T, Fife T, et al. Veterinary Ophthalmology 2011; 14(3):153-160. The canine eye seems to be a privileged site for protection from metastasis when it comes to some usually aggressive tumors, such as melanoma, hemangiosarcoma, …

The Back Page: In the Grasp of the Animal Kingdom

An Interview with Dr. Clarke Atkins In the 8 years I’ve been involved in veterinary publishing, Dr. Clarke Atkins is someone I’ve had the pleasure of working with on a number of articles; an author who I know is incredibly well respected for his dedication and depth of knowledge with regard to his field of …

Practice Building
Successful Remodeling

Heather E. Lewis, AIA, NCARB A veterinary hospital is more than a shell to house a practice. It is an important physical reflection of your practice philosophy. Undertaking a renovation can be a huge financial and emotional leap, but it is also your opportunity to create a space that helps you practice better, more efficient …

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