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November/December 2012

Today’s Technician: Managing Patients with Temporary Tracheostomy Tubes

Lila K. Sierra, CVT, VTS (Emergency & Critical Care) A temporary tracheostomy tube (TT) is a device placed in the trachea, between the tracheal rings, through a surgical opening called a tracheotomy. It provides access to the lower airways, allowing: Airway protection Airway patency (if upper airway is obstructed) Access for airway hygiene Mechanical ventilation. …

Conquering Fleas: Preventing Infestations & Limiting Disease Transmission

Susan Little, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVM (Parasitology), and Lindsay Starkey, DVM The cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, readily feeds on cats, dogs, humans, and other animals, causing local pruritus, allergic reactions and, in severe infestations, anemia.1 Fleas are particularly troublesome because populations are quickly established in homes and kennels where constant sources of nutrition—pets—are readily available. …

Vital Vaccination
Dogs & Cats Overdue for Vaccination Recommendations for Updating Immunizations

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVPM (Hon) Published vaccination guidelines for dogs and cats enable the clinician to implement vaccination protocols tailored for individual patients that provide protective immunity at the appropriate stages of life.1,2 However, protocols used in practice generally assume owner compliance with the recommended, ideal vaccination schedule. In reality, …

Endoscopic Equipment for the Veterinary Practitioner

Julie Callahan Clark, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows the examiner to look within an organ or body cavity and gain diagnostic information, which includes grossly evaluating an area of interest and obtaining tissue for histopathologic evaluation. While gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy represents the most common use in veterinary medicine, endoscopes …

Canine Chronic Bronchitis: A Review & Update

Kevin J. Kumrow, DVM, and Elizabeth A. Rozanski, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) & ACVECC Cough is a common clinical sign in dogs. There are many possible causes; identification and therapy of the specific cause is more likely to result in an amelioration of clinical signs than nonspecific supportive care. Common causes of …

The Back Page: The Voice for Companion Animals: An Interview With Steve Dale

Steve Dale, a certified dog and cat behavior consultant, is the author of the syndicated newspaper column My Pet World (Tribune Media Services); host of nationally syndicated radio programs Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute with Steve Dale; the pet expert at WGN Radio, Chicago; and a contributing editor for USA Weekend. A …

Journal Club: Focus on Cardiology

Within the past 12 months, over 140 journal articles discussing veterinary canine or feline heart disease have been published worldwide. The 4 article abstracts presented provide immediately useful information for practitioners and offer new insights into the future of veterinary cardiology. The PROTECT study established the use of pimobendan in Doberman pinschers with preclinical dilated cardiomyopathy. …

AHS Heartworm Hotline: Treating Heartworm Disease: Ancillary Corticosteroid Therapy

Clarke Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) The Heartworm Hotline column is cosponsored by Today’s Veterinary Practice and The American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). This series presents questions and answers on topics related to heartworm infection, prevention, diagnostics, and/or treatment. QUESTION: In the July/August 2012 Heartworm Hotline article—Doxycycline in the Management of Heartworm Disease—the role …

Focus On Pharmacology
Management of Chronic Pain in Cats

Dinah G. Jordan, BSPh, RPh, Pharm D, FSVHP, Diplomate ICVP, and Joel D. Ray, DVM, MS Chronic pain in cats is commonly associated with malignancy, chronic inflammation, orthopedic disorders, chronic soft tissue injury, and nervous tissue injury.1 It is often difficult to recognize because the signs may be subtle, such as:2 Hiding/withdrawing from humans or other …

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