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March/April 2014

Canine Cranial Cruciate Disease: An Evidence-Based Look at Current Treatment Modalities

James K. Roush, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Kansas State University This is the second article in a 2-part series on canine cranial cruciate rupture. The first article—Canine Cranial Cruciate Disease: Updating Our Knowledge about Pathogenesis and Diagnosis—was published in the July/August 2013 issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice. Canine cranial cruciate ligament rupture (CrCLR) has long …

Treatment of Feline Lower Airway Disease

This article discusses the importance of differentiating between asthma and chronic bronchitis and the therapeutic approaches to management of the disease.

The therapeutic approaches to acute and chronic management of lower airway disease – asthma and chronic bronchitis – in cats.

Cutting Edge Cardiology: Five State-of-the-Art Developments

Ashley B. Saunders, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology), Texas A&M University Making a difference in the diagnosis and management of dogs and cats with heart disease—Dr. Saunders highlights 5 developments in veterinary cardiology: Digital radiography, cardiac biomarkers, smartphone apps and devices, cardiac medication, and interventional procedures. Veterinary practitioners strive to provide patients and owners with state-of-the-art …

An Eye Toward Service Animals: An Interview With Dr. Brady Beale

The ACVO National Service Animal Eye Exam Event—now in its 7th year—takes place annually every May. This philanthropic effort provides free screening ocular examinations, performed by board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, to qualified service animals. These veterinary professionals donate their time, staff, and services in order to assist these animals …

Focus On Feline Gastroenterology

The recent literature focus of feline gastroenterology is on small bowel disease, especially inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and lymphoma. Norsworthy and colleagues documented that chronic small bowel disease (CSBD) is a cause of chronic vomiting, with or without weight loss, and outlined the process of diagnosis. The study also determined that CSBD is usually a …

Canine Lyme Disease: How Real is the Threat?

Canine Lyme borreliosis continues to generate considerable controversy in clinical practice, particularly as it pertains to risk for exposure, diagnosis, consequences of infection, and even prevention.

Canine Lyme disease, also called canine Lyme borreliosis, is among the most familiar tick (Ixodes species) transmitted infections known to occur in humans and dogs residing in North America. Despite being the subject of review articles,1,2 research studies, scientific proceedings, and symposia, canine Lyme borreliosis continues to generate considerable controversy in clinical practice, particularly as …

Urinalysis in Companion Animals, Part 1: Collection, Sample Handling, & Initial Evaluation

Theresa E Rizzi, DVM, Diplomate ACVP (Clinical Pathology) Oklahoma State University Dr. Rizzi reviews the indications for performing a urinalysis, the 3 methods for collecting urine—with a step-by-step guide to cystocentesis, proper handling techniques, and evaluation of a sample’s physical appearance and specific gravity. Urinalysis (UA) provides information about the urinary system as well as …

Lending and Capital: Funding Your Future

Travis Meredith, DVM, MBA, Diplomate ACT Calico Financial, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Affinity Veterinary Center of Malvern, Malvern, Pennsylvania Considering buying a practice? Building a new facility? Expanding current operations? In this article, Dr. Meredith guides you through the process of obtaining financing—understanding loan terms and your credit history, evaluating loan products, and researching prospective lenders. A …