May/June 2015

Today’s Technician:
Epileptic Emergencies:
Status Epilepticus in Canine Patients

Oriana D. Scislowicz, BS, LVT CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets, Richmond, Virginia Status epilepticus (SE) is characterized by epileptic seizures that continue for more than 5 minutes, or the occurrence of more than 1 seizure within a 5-minute period in which the human or animal does not return to “normal” in between seizures. Some seizures …

The Importance of Microchipping and the ISO Standard

A microchip is one of the best ways to ensure that lost pets will be returned to their owners. Veterinary professionals should emphasize that while collars with up-to-date ID tags help clients get their pets back, collars and tags can be easily removed or lost, so the microchip may make the difference when it comes to finding lost animals.

Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome & Sepsis Part 2: Stabilization & Treatment

Erin McGowan, VMD, and Deborah Silverstein, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC University of Pennsylvania Early recognition of patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and sepsis is imperative in order to optimize the chance of patient survival. Early intervention is then necessary to minimize further tissue ischemia, cellular damage, and organ injury. Part 1 of this series—Systemic …

Imaging Essentials:Small Animal Abdominal UltrasonographyPart 2: Physical Principles of Artifacts & False Assumptions

Danielle Mauragis, AS, CVT, and Clifford R. Berry, DVM, Diplomate ACVR University of Florida Welcome to our new series of articles on small animal abdominal ultrasonography. The first few articles in the series are providing an overview on the basic principles of: Image acquisition, artifact creation, and interpretation Optimizing the ultrasound image for interpretation (how …

AHS Heartworm Hotline:Managing Heartworm Disease in Shelter Animals

Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM Center for Animals & Public Policy, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society ( The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well …

Consider This Case: An Uncontrolled Diabetic Cat

Ann Della Maggiore, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM University of California—Davis Sugar, a 12-year-old spayed female Maine Coon cat, presented for poorly controlled diabetes and diabetic neuropathy. HISTORY Sugar was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus 2 years prior to presentation. Initially, her diabetes was moderately controlled on 5 to 6 units of recombinant human protamine zinc insulin (PZI) …

Elements of Oncology:Strategies for Managing Cancer Pain in Dogs & CatsPart1: Pathophysiology & Assessment of Cancer Pain

Nicholas Rancilio, DVM, Diplomate ACVR (Radiation Oncology); Jean Poulson, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVR (Radiation Oncology); and Jeff Ko, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVAA Purdue University Welcome to Elements of Oncology—a column that will address the many components of diagnosing, managing, treating, and monitoring veterinary cancer patients. This column begins with a series of two articles that …

Editor’s Note: Cooper’s Reincarnation

Lesley G. King, MVB, Diplomate ACVECC and ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) University of Pennsylvania ROAD TRIP RESCUE “Do you feel like a drive to Virginia on Tuesday?” my friend asked.  Virginia? That drive will be about 4 hours. With Washington, DC beltway traffic! “Why are we going to Virginia?” “I’m adopting a dog from … Protection Status