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September/October 2020

editors letter

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Breed bans are beginning to crop up in international kennel clubs. Will this affect the U.S. veterinary and companion animal industry?

Veterinarians have an ethical obligation to their patients and companion animals as a whole. Should we follow international suit and support breed bans or keep pushing for scientifically driven positive breeding programs?

Table of Contents: September/October 2020

Want to view the full digital issue, including downloadable PDFs? Click here. Features CONTINUING EDUCATION Wound Reconstruction Techniques: Free Skin Grafts Daniel D. Smeak, DVM, DACVS Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences In order to properly treat sizable wounds on the distal extremities of small animals, it’s helpful to know how …

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

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.