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March/April 2021

Understanding Advocacy

There's no greater way to advocate for your profession than directly effecting change by getting involved and actively participating.

Success begins with the individuals. Join local groups, state VMAs, and national organizations to best advocate for the future of the profession you love.

Managing Urolithiasis in Dogs

Urolithiasis is a term that describes the formation of stones in any part of the urinary tract.

This article gives an overview of stone formation, clinical signs, diagnostic tests, types of stones, as well as medical and nonmedical dissolution plans.

Desoxycorticosterone Pivalate for Dogs With Addison’s Disease

Research studies show that DOCP injectable suspension is a safe and effective therapy for dogs with Addison’s disease.

DOCP is a safe and effective mineralocorticoid replacement therapy when used in dogs with primary hypoadrenocorticism. Further research is needed to better characterize clinically appropriate starting doses and evaluate the efficacy of the various dose adjustment and monitoring protocols used in clinical practice. 

Hyperbaric and Laser Therapy for Acute Wound Pressure Necrosis

HBOT and HILT were used as components of a plan to treat pressure necrosis in this soft-coated Wheaten terrier.

This case report discusses the use of hyperbaric oxygen and high-intensity laser therapy to reverse the effects of accidental limb constriction from improper bandaging.

Improving Patient Outcomes Through Antibiotic Stewardship

Practicing antibiotic stewardship is not only responsible from a One Health perspective but will also ultimately lead to improved patient outcomes.

Antibiotic stewardship is good medicine. Veterinarians and clients should continue to work toward producing a positive clinical outcome while simultaneously minimizing the promotion of antibiotic resistance. 

A Clinical Approach to Alopecia in Cats

The workup of alopecia in cats involves a combination of thorough history, categorization, and use of targeted investigative techniques.

The workup of alopecia in cats involves a combination of thorough history, categorization, and use of targeted investigative techniques. Although there are a large number of differential diagnoses for feline alopecia, a very large proportion of these differentials can be identified or excluded by using a relatively small number of inexpensive, rapid, and easy diagnostic techniques. 

Surgical Management of Canine Liver Masses

Surgical intervention is indicated as the treatment of choice for massive, solitary liver tumors in dogs.

The prognosis is good for dogs with massive hepatocellular carcinoma, especially given the liver has an enormous capacity for regeneration. Specific surgical approaches depend on multiple variables, including surgeon preference as well as tumor characteristics.

Canine Parvovirus Vaccination

The canine parvovirus vaccine is considered a core vaccine, making it a critical part of a routine wellness plan.

Parvovirus is a serious disease that can be readily prevented with the vaccine. Client communication on the disease process, its status as a core vaccine, and antibody tests to assess titer levels can all contribute to continued protection.

Supplements for Small Animal Cancer Patients

Discussing the complementary role of herbs and dietary supplements with clients provides an opportunity for the veterinarian to strengthen the veterinarian-client relationship.

Veterinarians face multiple questions and challenges from clients whose pets have cancer, and clients appreciate veterinary guidance and the logical integration of appropriate herbs and dietary supplements with conventional therapies.