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November/December 2020

The Pursuit of Happiness

As surprising as it might be to those outside the veterinary profession, puppies and kittens just aren't enough to ensure job satisfaction.

Job satisfaction is a combination of recognition, communication, and reconciliation.

Managing Feline Urethral Obstruction

Diagnosis of feline urethral obstruction is straightforward, but the difficulty lies in recognition of the problem at home, as cats are masters of hiding illness.

Feline UO is a common emergency. Diagnosis of UO in cats is straightforward, but the difficulty lies in recognition of the problem at home.

Cefovecin Sodium for Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

Convenia's (cefovecin sodium) convenient one-time dosing eliminates reliance on owner compliance while providing efficacy similar to that of traditional oral antibiotic regimens.

Cefovecin sodium provides reliable efficacy for the treatment of canine and feline skin infections, abscesses, and wounds. Its convenient one-time dosing eliminates reliance on owners to maintain medication compliance for days to weeks while providing efficacy similar to that of traditional oral antibiotic regimens.

Herbal Therapies for Osteoarthritis

Curcumin, boswellia, and cannabis are the 3 most frequently used herbal compounds in veterinary settings.

Given the relatively limited pharmaceutical treatment options for patients with osteoarthritis, herbal therapies and other nonpharmaceutical options are viable alternatives worthy of consideration.

Update on Clinical Acute Pain Assessment in Cats

Effective pain assessment tools allow practitioners to identify the presence of pain in companion animals that may be disguising their discomfort.

Inadequately diagnosed and treated acute pain can result in serious, lifelong physiologic and psychologic consequences. Implementation of pain assessment tools can improve a veterinary hospital’s success in pain management.

Essential to Every Cell: Cobalamin in Health and Disease

Clinical signs associated with hypocobalaminemia include gastrointestinal issues, immunodeficiency, metabolic derangements, and more.

Cobalamin, commonly known as vitamin B12, is a water-soluble vitamin used by every cell in the body, thus is required for maintenance of normal physiologic functions. Given cobalamin’s essential role in health, it follows that cobalamin-deficient states, or hypocobalaminemia, can contribute to disease pathophysiology.

Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia

IMHA is one of the more commonly encountered causes of anemia in dogs and cats, but a practical management plan is required in order to identify and treat a suspected case.

The mortality rate among dogs with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia is high, but long-term prognosis after survival of the first months of treatment is fair.

Lasting in the Veterinary Profession

Participating in open and honest conversations about compassion fatigue is one of the first steps toward addressing mental health issues in veterinary medicine.

The acronym L.A.S.T. — which stands for Listen, Accept, Seek, and Test — can be a helpful tool to recenter yourself during times of stress and fatigue.

The State of Heartworm Incidence in the U.S.

The 2019 AHS Heartworm Incidence Survey shows that heartworms maintain a stubborn hold in the United States.

The triennial Heartworm Incidence Survey from the American Heartworm Society shares a mix of both bad and good news.