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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Jul 01, 2006
A few years ago, our veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians learned that centrifugation of fecal samples was the superior test for diagnosing gastrointestinal parasitism.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Jul 01, 2006
Failure to use best-practice techniques, such as centrifugation, when conducting fecal flotation procedures can result in failure to detect parasite stages in fecal samples. In this article, we review the basics of fecal flotation techniques and describe step-by-step procedures for conducting accurate and effective centrifugal flotation procedures.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: May 01, 2006
In patients with known or suspected liver disease, obtaining a biopsy sample is often indicated. This article features guidance on when and how to perform a surgical hepatic biopsy.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: May 01, 2006
This review provides general guidelines for the diagnostic approach to an asymptomatic dog with elevated liver enzyme activities so that needless tests are not performed and clinically important liver disease is not missed.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Apr 01, 2006
You may be hesitant to perform a full-thickness incisional biopsy to obtain an intestinal tissue sample, but in many cases, this technique is preferred. In this article, we review when incisional biopsy is best and provide a simple step-by-step guide to the procedure to increase your confidence.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Mar 01, 2006
A 15-year-old 15.1-lb (6.9-kg) castrated male Lhasa Apso was presented to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at Texas A&M University for evaluation of chronic vomiting of several months' duration.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Mar 01, 2006
Dogs and cats with pancreatitis commonly display nonspecific clinical signs, so the condition can be difficult to diagnose. But there also has been a lack of diagnostic tests for pancreatitis that are both sensitive and specific. In this article, I provide an overview of the available diagnostic tests, including a new serum test.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Feb 01, 2006
I frequently notice a disparity between referred patients' in-house urinalysis results and laboratory-read urinalysis results.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Feb 01, 2006
Assessing albumin production and the possible causes of albumin loss is important when diagnosing and treating patients with hypoalbuminemia.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Jan 01, 2006
You can easily detect most arrhythmias on physical examination, but you'll need an electrocardiogram to identify an arrhythmia's exact nature.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Oct 01, 2005
Definitively diagnosing acute pancreatitis in dogs can be difficult.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Oct 01, 2005
Indications for electrocardiography include arrhythmias heard on auscultation, breathing problems, shock, fainting or seizures, cardiac murmurs, and systemic disease that affects the heart (e.g. tumors, kidney dysfunction, heartworm disease).
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DVM360 MAGAZINE: Sep 01, 2005
Any time bacteria are identified, a "breakthrough" infection should be suspected.
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VETERINARY MEDICINE: Aug 01, 2005
Bone marrow aspirate evaluation may not be in your primary diagnostic toolbox, but it is essential for diagnosing many disorders.
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DVM360 MAGAZINE: Jul 01, 2005
The objective of part one of this two-part series is to summarize diagnostic caveats derived from our experience with medical management of urinary tract infections (UTI) during the past 35 years.