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NSAIDS & Anticoagulants: Use in Management of Heartworm Infection

Clarke Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology) Dr. Atkin’s discusses the role of aspirin and other anticoagulants in the treatment of heartworm disease, focusing on studies evaluating their therapeutic effects. 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 …

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 …

Collection of Commentaries on Veterinary, Medical, and Related Literature

Today’s Veterinary Practice is pleased to provide a brief overview of sessions presented by members of our editorial team—editorial board members and authors—during the NAVC Conference 2012 in Orlando, Florida. You can purchase proceedings at navc.com/conference/program/proceedings. PARASITOLOGY Truths, Half-Truths, & Myths: Understanding Canine Heartworm Disease and Your Role in Heartworm Prevention Byron Blagburn, MS, PhD; Karen …

Collection of Commentaries on Veterinary, Medical, & Related Literature

  CARDIOLOGY Comparison of Auscultatory and Echocardiographic Findings in Healthy Adult Cats Wagner T, Luis-Fuentes V, Payne JR, et al. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology 2010; 12:171-182. This study examined the prevalence of heart murmurs and echocardiographic evidence of heart disease in a population of 199 healthy cats. A heart murmur was detected in a relatively …

Fundamentals for Today’s Insulin Therapy

  Michael Schaer, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVECC & Thomas Schermerhorn, VMD, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) The veterinary profession has had to adjust the treatment of the diabetic patient due to changes in insulin production and availability. Most of the products used in dogs and cats are dictated by products used in humans. …

Ketamine: To Use or Not to Use for Pain Management

Ketamine is a useful adjunct to many surgical procedures as one of the most potent drugs available for NMDA-blockade.

  Ketamine has been in long and routine use as a dissociative anesthetic. More recently, new pharmacologic features of ketamine have been discovered that provide novel pain modification. Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in July 2011. Please use this content for reference or educational purposes, but note that it is not being actively …