Osteoarthritis: When Age Is Not to Blame
As veterinary professionals, we know all too well that the signs of osteoarthritis (OA) can be missed or misinterpreted by pet owners. Many times, the subtler clinical signs associated with osteoarthritis are thought to be normal age-related changes. Because this leads to underdiagnosis of OA, we focused Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2019 State of Pet Health® Report on osteoarthritis, including how the condition is linked to excess weight.
Caloric Restriction Without Malnutrition
One concern with weight-loss programs is that use of inappropriate diets and/or levels of caloric restriction can lead to inadequate nutrient intake, resulting in nutritional deficiencies. Severe caloric restriction can also have adverse metabolic effects that work against achieving successful, safe weight loss. This article provides guidance for calculating caloric requirements for an obesity management plan to avoid the adverse effects of severe caloric restriction, as well as for choosing an appropriate diet for weight-loss programs to avoid nutritional deficiencies.
Chronic Pancreatitis in Cats
Pancreatitis is common among cats, although its exact incidence is unknown. The disease can take several forms—acute, chronic, and acute on chronic (an episode of acute pancreatitis in a patient with chronic pancreatitis)—and differentiating among the forms clinically and making an antemortem diagnosis in cats remain challenging.
Skin Fold Dermatitis (Intertrigo) in Dogs
Intertrigo, or skin fold dermatitis, is caused by frictional trauma resulting in inflammation and/or microbial overgrowth of closely apposed skin surfaces. Resolution is commonly achieved with topical treatment.
Table of Contents: November/December 2019
Want to view the full digital issue? Click here. Features CONTINUING EDUCATION First Aid/Temporary Immobilization of Limb Fractures With Bandages and Splints Ross Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS Clara S.S. Goh, BVSc, MS, DACVS-SA Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences External coaptation is the use of bandages, splints, casts, or other materials …