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September/October 2016

Table of Contents: September/October 2016

Want to view the full digital issue? Click here. Features Juvenile Orthopedic Disease in Dogs & Cats, Part 2: Congenital & Neonatal Orthopedic Diseases Shannon Kerrigan, VMD, and Duane Robinson, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal) University of California–Davis The Yellow Cat: Diagnostic & Therapeutic Strategies Craig B. Webb, PhD, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal …

Role of Dietary Fatty Acids in Dogs & Cats

The type of fatty acids fed to a patient, as well as the total amount of fatty acids in the diet, have the additional potential to improve or impair health. This review discusses basic properties of fatty acids; sources of essential fatty acids; therapeutic modifications of dietary fatty acids, fish oils, and other fatty acid supplements; and areas of caution in clinical practice when supplementing fatty acids.

Honoring Dr. Earl Rippie

Earl H. Rippie, Jr, DVM, passed away on June 24, 2016, at the age of 74. A native of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, and a resident of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Dr. Rippie served as the President of the NAVC from 1999 to 2000, and remained on the NAVC Board, serving as Secretary-Treasurer from 2007 to …

Today’s Veterinary News

Product News NOISE AVERSION TREATMENT LAUNCHED The first and only medication approved by the FDA for treatment of noise aversion in dogs is now available. SILEO from Zoetis, Inc is an oromucosal gel formulation of dexmedetomidine, a highly selective alpha-2 adrenoceptor agonist that blocks norepinephrine release, a chemical in the brain that is involved with …

The ADR (Ain’t Doing Right) Dog: Endocrine Emergencies

The owner reported that Lucky vomited in the car a week earlier when coming home from the groomer. Over the past week, Lucky’s appetite diminished but she seemed thirstier. Lucky had become progressively more lethargic and anorectic over the past 2 days….

The Yellow Cat: Diagnostic & Therapeutic Strategies

There is no mystery when it comes to a “yellow” cat. Icterus and jaundice—both of which describe a yellowish pigmentation of the skin—indicate hyperbilirubinemia, a 5- to 10-fold elevation in serum bilirubin concentration.

However, this is where the certainty ends and the diagnostic challenge begins. The icteric cat presentation is not a sensitive or specific marker of disease, despite the visually obvious and impressive clinical sign…

Caring for Geriatric Pets in Your Practice

There is much we can do to help pets live comfortable lives as super seniors. Our ability to recognize and manage pain, anxiety, hygiene, and other signs that may affect quality of life has advanced in recent years.