DVM360 MAGAZINE, Aug 1, 2006 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Aug 1, 2006
Small Animal
Otitis media and interna: Look for neurological signs
By Beatrix Nanai, DVM , Ronald Lyman, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
The practicing small animal veterinarian often has to face small animals with otitis externa. While not as common, otitis media and interna likely cause neurological signs.
UC-Davis studies malignant melanoma in dogs
By Jessica Tremayne
Davis, Calif. — Dr. Michael Kent, an investigator at the University of California-Davis, is exploring different drugs to help fight canine malignant melanoma.
Marketing veterinary dentistry. It's not just business, it's personal
By Dale Kressin, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Elimination of pain is an effective focus and client motivator.
Cheyletiella: the under-diagnosed mite
By Alice M. Jeromin, RPh, DVM, DACVD
In our practice we actually see more cases of Cheyletiella mites "walking dandruff" than fleas!
Cardiac therapy: New treatment modalities emerge
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Bonnie K. Lefbom at the 2005 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in Baltimore gave a lecture on sildenafil and novel cardiovascular therapies.
Take small steps to help curb pet obesity, expert says
By Jessica Tremayne
Obesity is considered an epidemic in this country. And pets certainly aren't immune. An estimated 35 percent of adult cats are considered overweight. DVM Newsmagazine recently asked Dr. Tony Buffington, an animal nutritionist at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, to offer some pet weight-loss advice.
CSU investigates novel radiation drug technique
Fort Collins, Colo. — Colorado State University (CSU) researchers have developed a way to deliver intravenous radiation drugs to bone cancer patients without causing damage to other healthy cells and vital organs, drastically reducing illness and other common side effects of toxic radiation treatments, the university reports.
Our value to others trumps successes
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
In addition to evaluating our year-end fiscal balance, we should include the number of patients benefiting from our efforts.
Food Animal
You are being watched
By Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, DACVIM
"She got into her vet truck and left without ever washing her boots!"
Extra label use, know the rules
By Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, DACVIM
With the constant infusion of new products to the human and veterinary market, it becomes a daunting task to keep up with veterinary pharmacology and vaccine technology.
All puckered up?
I wouldn't try some of these techniques around squeamish clients.
Obenski
How do you treat acute pet owner stupidity?
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
Are you ready to take a surprise quiz?
News
Rebirth amid ruin
By Jennifer Fiala
The best way to see post-Katrina New Orleans is with a native. Sure, $35 buys a three-hour bus tour past destruction most only have witnessed on the pages of newspapers and television broadcasts. Those who book trips experience what I imagine is a shocking but detached visit to the now-famous St. Bernard Parish, the lower Ninth Ward and the 17th Street Canal levee break.
HSUS eyes lead role in disaster response
By Jennifer Fiala
National Report — The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) plans to organize an army of veterinarians and create a central command for animal disaster relief.
Animal welfare Panelists delve into top professional issues facing veterinary medicine
Editor's Note: DVM Newsmagazine asked six thought-leaders to talk about five of the most pressing issues facing the veterinary profession at CVC East in Baltimore. During the succeeding months, each of the issues introduced at the first DVM Newsmaker's Summit will be presented for publication. This month, the panel takes on animal welfare and veterinary medicine's important role. Dr. Bonnie Beaver introduced the issue of animal welfare.
Canine flu confirmed in 22states
By Jessica Tremayne
National Report — — "This is the new parvo," an expert says of the canine influenza outbreak now confirmed in 22 states.
Benefits of personal services corporations
By Mark E. Battersby
PSC assets can be protected from claims that result from malpractice of other professionals in the practice.
The 7th Son
By Jennifer Fiala
Success in veterinary medicine requires three things: hard work, perseverance and being at the right place at the right time.
Are you ready for the unexpected?
By David Frabotta
National Report — He didn't stage a heroic rescue effort or man an impromptu staging area when Hurricane Charlie battered Port Charlotte, Fla., in 2004. He had more pressing duties: picking up the pieces of his shattered home and displaced family.
Grande Openings
National Report — Are new hospitals trending larger?
AKC Survey says owners would defy evacuation to stay with pets
New York — A survey conducted by the American Kennel Club says 62 percent of the 1,006 responding pet owners would defy authorities during a natural disaster to stay with pets if not allowed to evacuate with them.
Work/life balance poses concerns for DVMs-making time to have a life outside of the practice can be a challenge
By Jessica Tremayne
National Report — Achieving an appropriate balance between work and home life was cited by veterinarians most frequently as their greatest professional life concern.
Summit attendees deliberate on ways to streamline disaster plans
By Jennifer Fiala
Arlington, Va. — Five major problems hampered rescue efforts following last year's hurricanes, which displaced an estimated 50,000 animals.
E-Vets Interns makes cut for Animal Planet
Pasadena, Calif. — Animal Planet is gearing up for a spring 2007 debut of E-Vets Interns, a spinoff the station's second-highest rated hit Emergency Vets.
Mahr champions 'one health' as AVMA president
By Jennifer Fiala
Honolulu — In his inaugural address, Dr. Roger Mahr announced plans to create partnerships with outside professions, coordinate a national summit and establish an action plan to promote "one world, one health, one medicine."
Treading water
By Jennifer Fiala
Katrina's anniversary marked by insurance struggles, staffing shortages and rebuilding delays
Wagng War-DVMs push public awareness, legislation to target tick disease
By Jennifer Fiala
Gaithersburg, Md.— When fibrosis hardened Pat Dickinson's lungs in late 2004, doctors struggled to isolate her illness. Two years later, the 55-year-old dog owner credits a veterinarian's education for avoiding a lung transplant and even death.
Planning to volunteer?
By David Frabotta
Tragedy tugs at the heart. A county or region never realizes its potential solidarity until it must unite to overcome odds.
Three wishes for AVMA
Schaumburg, Ill. — He loves every minute of his job, but Dr. Bruce Little's morning starts at an early 4:30 a.m., jotting down notes on ideas for the nation's largest veterinary membership organization. By 8 a.m., the executive vice president arrives at office headquarters and spends his first hour trying to decipher what those notes say.
AAEP, HSUS explore alliance for disasters
Lexington, Ky. — The American Association of Equine Practitioners is in preliminary discussions with the Humane Society of the United States to devise a better network of emergency responders for horses caught in harm's way.
Delegates nix efforts to tighten AVMA purse strings
By Jennifer Fiala
The American Veterinary Medical Association's House of Delegates (HOD) defeated three resolutions designed to control the Executive Board's ancillary spending, especially when it comes to charitable giving.
Practice Management
Have you noticed who pays the bills?
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
After 30 years of practicing small animal and exotic medicine, I found myself doing exploratories on the business of veterinary medicine.
Lease law: A river runs through it
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
As I write this month's submission, there is water streaming into the basement of my veterinary hospital.
Are your rabies ratios on target?
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Necropsy is one of a clinician's best teachers; are we staying sharp?
Equine
Hydration 101: You can lead a horse to water and make it drink
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
Slightly hypertonic water will stimulate the thirst center, impelling a horse to drink more overall water.
AAEP's position on the use of horses in urban environments
The AAEP recognized the unique issues of horses working in an urban environment, i.e. mounted patrols, tourist carriages and taxi/limousine services. Horses engaged in these activities require special work and living conditions and precautions for their safety and well-being. Urban environments present health and welfare hazards that may preclude their use, such as pollution, concussion, climactic extremes and load factors.
Unwanted horses find advocacy home
Washington — The Unwanted Horse Coalition is being folded into the American Horse Council (AHC).
Fungal diseases not just skin deep
By Ed Kane, PhD
A horse's skin and coat can be contaminated via air and soil by various fungal organisms. Though also found on normal horses, some of these fungal organisms can produce significant fungal infection under the proper conditions. From the commonly recognized ringworm to the more insidious pythiosis, horses can be infected by these potentially nasty fungal infections, which are not only irritating, but also in the case of pythiosis, can be life-threatening.
Carriage Quandry
By David Frabotta
New York — After five horse-related accidents this year — including one in January that put a driver in a coma and one in late April that knocked a 71-year-old man unconscious — Councilman Tony Avella of Queens plans to hold a hearing this fall on a resolution to restrict horse-drawn carriages to Central Park and its surrounding streets.
Surgical excision of pythiosis
Pythiosis is notorious for being difficult to remove with surgery alone. "Usually that's the case because complete surgical excision without damaging vital anatomical structures is often not practical in the locations that this organism likes to establish infection," says Mathew P. Gerard, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, clinical professor of equine surgery at North Carolina State University. "The main point about surgery for pythiosis is that it has to be radical excision if you're going to be successful. Wide surgical margins of at least 2 cm are recommended."
The proper way to cool a hot horse
Many owners and trainers have never been taught how to properly cool a hot exercising horse. How hard can it be? Just hose it down with water, right?
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