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May/June 2014

Canine Pulmonary Helminths: Recommendations from the Companion Animal Parasite Council

Dwight D. Bowman, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVM (Parasitology, Hon), Cornell University Susan E. Little, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVM (Parasitology), Oklahoma State University Pulmonary helminths can cause severe, life-threatening respiratory disease in dogs. Distribution, life cycle, diagnosis, and treatment of common species are discussed. The mission of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) is to foster …

Laser Therapy in Companion Animals

David Dycus, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal) Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals (RIVER), Chattanooga, Tennessee Laser therapy use is on the rise in veterinary medicine. Discover the properties of lasers, how they work, and their use in wound healing, pain management, and rehabilitation in the small animal patient. The use of laser …

Radiography of the Small Animal Skull: Temporomandibular Joints & Tympanic Bullae

Imaging Essentials provides comprehensive information on small animal radiography techniques. The following anatomic areas have been addressed in previous columns; these articles are available at tvpjournal.com (search “Imaging Essentials”). Thorax Elbow and antebrachium Abdomen Carpus and manus Pelvis Tarsus and pes Stifle joint and crus Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine Scapula, shoulder, and humerus Nasofacial …

Treating Resistant Skin Infections in Dogs

The increasing prevalence of methicillin resistance has made treating pyoderma challenging. This article presents the clinical manifestations, methods for diagnosis, and treatments for drug-resistant canine pyoderma infections.

Pyoderma is a common skin disorder in small animal practice. Now that the major canine pathogen, Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, has acquired methicillin resistance, treatment has become more challenging and more expensive. Keys to success in treatment and prevention require: Prompt identification and treatment of the underlying cause Use of culture and sensitivity to guide antibiotic use …

Key Findings From The State Of Pet Health 2014 Report

Each year, Banfield Pet Hospital (banfield.com) collects and analyzes medical data from more than 850 hospitals across the U.S., in which more than 14,000 associates, including 2900 licensed veterinarians, care for nearly 2.3 million dogs and 470,000 cats. The findings from each year’s data are then shared with the public through the State of Pet …

Seizures and Dogs: 4 Important Questions

A useful working understanding of epilepsy in dogs is essential for the small animal practitioner.

Epilepsy in dogs is a common disease, and potentially life threatening. A useful working understanding of seizures in dogs is essential for veterinarians.

Acute Pain In Cats: Treatment With NSAIDs

The 5 important characteristics of an ideal NSAID for use in cats are described in this article, the second of a 2-part series. The author provides guidance on treating acute pain in cats with NSAIDS currently on the market, including recommended dosages.

  At some point in a cat’s life, it will most likely suffer from pain related to an injury, disease, or surgery, and veterinarians have a duty to try to alleviate this pain. In the January/February 2014 issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice, Dr. Sheilah Robertson addressed the challenges of acute pain assessment in cats. However, …

Lymph Node Cytology: What Should & Should Not Be There

Kim A. Selting, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology) & ACVR (Radiation Oncology) University of Missouri Lymph node cytology results can strongly influence treatment and outcome for cancer patients. In this article, Dr. Selting discusses the necessary steps for identifying and aspirating the appropriate lymph nodes and for evaluating the cytologic results. At the time of …

Best Veterinary Care for Veterans’ Service Dogs: An Interview with Gina Jackson

In January 2014, The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), in conjunction with pet medical coverage provider Trupanion, launched the U.S. Veteran Service Dog Program. After a Veteran enrolls in the U.S. Veteran Service Dog Program, the program allows U.S. Veterans with certified service dogs unlimited access to veterinary care, and enables Trupanion to pay 100% …