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Update on Ovariohysterectomy

Use of efficient surgical techniques during an ovariohysterectomy should prove beneficial for the patient, surgeon, and veterinary business alike.

Use of efficient surgical techniques during an ovariohysterectomy should prove beneficial for the patient, surgeon, and veterinary business alike.

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Study: Sterilization Is Best for Controlling Feral Cats

“Sadly, many communities still opt to do nothing to control populations of community cats or use outdated, ineffective methods — such as sporadic trapping and removal,” says one of the study’s coauthors. “This research confirms high-intensity TNR is the most effective, humane way to stabilize a population of community cats and, over time, reduce them.”

Understanding Data on Hormones, Behavior, and Neoplasia

The ASPCA estimates that roughly 7.6 million animals enter shelters in the United States each year, a large proportion of which are euthanized. Given this staggering number, decreasing the number of births through spaying and neutering seems like a straightforward decision; however, it is not that simple. New research has brought to light potential downsides to spaying and neutering that should be considered.

The Case for Neutering at Five Months of Age

Richard Speck, DVM The majority of presterilization litters can be eliminated by performing neutering at 5 months of age rather than 6. In this article, Dr. Speck explains the current state of population control, benefits of early neutering, and implementing the recommendation into your practice. I graduated from veterinary school in 1982. As I look …

Pediatric Wellness Care: Behavior, Nutrition, Oral Care & Reproduction

Julie Meadows, DVM The first article in this series discussed vaccination and parasite and zoonotic disease prevention; this second article outlines other pertinent topics to address during pediatric wellness visits. This is the second part of a 2-article series discussing the components of pediatric wellness care. The first article addressed vaccine protocols, parasite management, and …

Fetal Count Radiology

Matthew Wright, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVR Although fetal count radiographs are valuable when planning whelping, pet owners have questions about the risks from the associated radiation. Fetal count radiographic procedures are commonly performed in veterinary medicine. These studies take place late in an animal’s pregnancy, and allow the veterinarian or veterinary technician to count the …

Collection of Commentaries on Recent Veterinary & Medical Literature

OPHTHALMOLOGY Canine Conjunctival Mast Cell Tumors: A Retrospective Study Fife M, Blocker T, Fife T, et al. Veterinary Ophthalmology 2011; 14(3):153-160. The canine eye seems to be a privileged site for protection from metastasis when it comes to some usually aggressive tumors, such as melanoma, hemangiosarcoma, and conjunctival mast cell tumors (MCTs), which was confirmed in … Protection Status