Wound Reconstruction Techniques: Free Skin Grafts
Full-thickness meshed sheet grafting and punch grafting are 2 of the most common grafting procedures performed in small animal practices.
In order to properly treat sizable wounds on the distal extremities of small animals, it’s helpful to know how skin grafts heal, tips for avoiding graft failure, and how to perform full-thickness meshed sheet and punch grafting.
The Diabetic Cat with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Managing IBD in diabetic cats can be challenging, but certain diets and therapy can improve patient wellbeing.
Comorbid conditions can complicate the management of cats with DM, and those with concurrent GI dysfunction such as IBD present some unique challenges.
Decoding Vaccine Titers: A Literature-Based Review of Vaccine Titers in Companion Animal Practice
Vaccine titers are measures of the levels of serum antibodies against pathogens, which can be used to determine whether a vaccination is required.
Clients might be asking you about vaccine titers before opting into vaccinations. Give them the full rundown on what titers do and don’t cover.
Bupivacaine Liposome Injectable Suspension (Nocita) Use in Dogs and Cats
Nocita (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) is a long-lasting analgesic for post-surgical pain.
BLIS is an extended-release formulation of bupivacaine, and a single injection of BLIS can provide up to 72 hours of analgesia.
Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration and Core Biopsy
Ultrasound-guided sampling techniques are relatively safe, low cost, minimally invasive techniques for obtaining diagnostic tissue samples.
Ultrasound-guided FNA and needle core biopsy are excellent techniques for obtaining diagnostic tissue samples. While complications are possible, they are usually minimal, especially when the procedure is performed by a highly trained and experienced veterinary sonographer.
Nutritional Management for Chronic Kidney Disease Versus Acute Kidney Injury
Dietary management is a valuable, and sometimes overlooked, aspect of managing patients dogs and cats with CKD or AKI.
Important differences exist in the nutritional management of CKD versus AKI in dogs and cats. We review the best diets for dogs and cats with chronic kidney disease versus those with acute kidney injury.
The Endocannabinoid System and Phytocannabinoids
To ensure safety and effectiveness of cannabis use in animals, the challenge lies in education surrounding the endocannabinoid system and cannabis administration.
To use or advise clients about the use of cannabis as medicine, veterinarians must understand how the endocannabinoid system functions and how compounds in cannabis exert physiologic effects through accessing endogenous pathways.
Cytauxzoonosis in Cats
Because cytauxzoonosis in cats is associated with a high mortality rate and costly treatment, tick prevention is critical.
Cytauxzoonosis in cats can cause acute or chronic illness. It is treatable, albeit costly for chronically ill cats, yet continues to be associated with a high mortality rate.
Managing the Pain of Feline Degenerative Joint Disease
Pain caused by DJD can be managed using an amalgamation of drugs and nonpharmaceutical options.
Managing pain in cats with DJD can be challenging; fortunately, several options exist.