September/October 2013

Table of Contents: September/October 2013

Want to view the the full digital issue? Click here. Features Acute Abdomen in Dogs & Cats Step-by-Step Approach to Patient Care Garret Pachtinger, VMD, Diplomate ACVECC Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, Levittown, Pennsylvania Canine Chronic Kidney Disease: Current Diagnostics & Goals for Long-Term Management JD Foster, VMD, Diplomate ACVIM University of Pennsylvania’s Ryan Veterinary …

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Canine Chronic Kidney Disease: Current Diagnostics & Goals for Long-Term Management

JD Foster, VMD, Diplomate ACVIM Chronic kidney disease is an irreversible and progressive deterioration of renal function; however, through early diagnosis and staging, prompt management can delay disease progression. Each aspect of treatment is comprehensively covered in this article. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an irreversible and progressive deterioration of renal function, resulting from a …

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Assessing Chronic Pain In Dogs

Mark E. Epstein, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Canine/Feline), CVPP Finding precise, reliable, and accurate measures of chronic pain in animals is a difficult effort. However, much research has gone into developing measurement methods to evaluate chronic pain in dogs (and, more recently, cats); this article reviews the pain scales currently available. One thing clinicians and investigators …

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Acute Abdomen in Dogs & Cats: Step-by-Step Approach to Patient Care

Garret Pachtinger, VMD, Diplomate ACVECC Acute gastrointestinal distress and abdominal pain require prompt evaluation and immediate intervention. They also prompt the practitioner to ask: Does the patient require medical or surgical management? This article presents the important answers to that question. Acute gastrointestinal (GI) distress and abdominal pain require prompt evaluation and immediate intervention to …

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Putting a Keen Sense of Smell to Work

An Interview with Cindy Otto There is a long history of working dogs guarding the homestead and groups of domesticated food animals. However, Cindy Otto, DVM, PhD—the Executive Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (WDC, pennvetwdc.org)—asserts that dogs can do so much more, particularly with their keen sense of smell, including locating bombs, …

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Safe & Humane Handling of Small Mammal Patients

Valarie V. Tynes, DVM, Diplomate ACVB While many veterinarians and veterinary technicians are filled with trepidation when small mammal or exotic patients are presented for evaluation, handling these pets does not have to be difficult. Many veterinarians and veterinary technicians are filled with trepidation when small mammal or exotic patients are presented for evaluation. However, …

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Building Today’s Veterinary Practice

Travis Meredith, DVM, MBA, Diplomate ACT This new Practice Building series will focus on all aspects of building a successful veterinary practice. The series will also follow Dr. Meredith’s journey as he and his wife develop their own practice. As we enter the fourth quarter of 2013 and finalize plans for the upcoming year, the …

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