Opportunities to Improve Outcomes in Arthritic Pets
Managing osteoarthritis, particularly in pets with excess weight, is not new to the veterinary profession; however, we found several opportunities exist to improve the care these affected pets receive. Quality medical management of OA requires a multi-faceted diagnostic and treatment plan—a combination of diagnostic testing, multi-modal pain management, and weight management must be considered to most effectively improve patient outcomes.
Move Your Practice and Mindset Forward
NAVC has launched three courses — the Human-Animal Bond Certification, the Pet Nutrition Coach and Certified Veterinary Business Leader. These courses are available online.
Work-Life Balance for Employees
We value members on the veterinary team who are passionate about their life’s work, but is it possible to create a workplace environment where the staff can devote themselves to their jobs at a very high level, and still have the energy and time to devote to the other, very important part of that equation—their lives outside of work?
The Emotional Topic of Veterinary Student Selection
A university in Australia has recently introduced emotional intelligence testing as part of the selection process for its medical program with the aim of enrolling students with the strong social skills needed to succeed at university and in the workplace. Those candidates with acceptable educational achievements were further evaluated by an external organization specializing in …
Alfaxalone: An Old Drug in a New Formulation
Alfaxalone has been used to induce general anesthesia for many years, but only recently has a new formulation with preservatives become available in the United States. This formulation has a shelf life of 28 days after first use. It is approved for IV administration to induce and maintain general anesthesia in dogs and cats; however, it is also used via the IM route for induction and sedation (off label).
Managing Feline Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common endocrinopathy in cats, with reported prevalence rates ranging from 0.4% to 1.2%. Factors related to the patient’s diet and adiposity and the presence of comorbid conditions (e.g., acromegaly, pancreatitis) likely contribute to the pathogenesis of feline DM as well as influence response to therapy and chances for achieving remission.
Surgical Drains: Indications, Types, and Complications
Surgical drains are implants that allow removal of fluid and/or gas from a wound or body cavity. This review is part 1 of a 2-part series. Part 1 covers indications for drain use, types, benefits and drawbacks of each type, and common complications. Part 2 will cover drain placement techniques and postoperative care.
Nutritional Management of Idiopathic Epilepsy in Dogs
Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurologic disorder encountered in small animal practice and is estimated to affect up to 0.75% of dogs in the general population. Evidence suggests that dietary therapy may have a beneficial effect on seizure control as well.
Table of Contents: May/June 2019
Want to view the full digital issue? Click here. Features CONTINUING EDUCATION Fluid Therapy in Critical Care Leo Londoño, DVM, DACVECC University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Research has shown that inappropriate IV fluid therapy can have harmful effects on critically ill animals. This article reviews new trends in fluid therapy and provides clinical …