DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jul 1, 2009 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jul 1, 2009
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Cat neuter rates reflect income levels, study says
By Rachael Whitcomb
Bethesda, Md. — Cost plays a major role in keeping some pet owners from having their cats neutered, according to a new study.
Gene therapy shows promise in treating glycogen-storage disease
Gainesville, Fla. — Veterinarians and physicians from the University of Florida's Glycogen Storage Disease Program believe they have successfully used gene therapy to treat a dog born with glycogen-storage disease.
Exploring cost of education, generational differences
Read more from the DVM Newsmakers Summit.
Win, place and show
Elmont, N.Y. — At least the victory stayed in the family. Mine that Bird, this year's Kentucky Derby winner, finished third in this year's $1 million Belmont Stakes.
Myelin key to recovery of neurological disorders
Lakewood, Colo. — A study testing the effects or irradiated food led to the discovery that a cat's central nervous system can repair itself.
University of Missouri researchers lab-grown cartilage molded into joint replacements
By Christina Macejko
Columbia, Mo. — Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine are growing cartilage in a lab that can be molded into permanent joint replacements for dogs and eventually humans.
N.Y. bill would require DVMs to certify some animal breeders
Albany, N.Y. — New York veterinarians may have to certify some animal breeders if a bill is passed by state legislators.
University of Florida veterinary college staves off big funding cut
By Rachael Whitcomb
Gainesville, Fla. — The University of Florida veterinary college's pleas to state legislators and the university for minimal budget cuts achieved results.
Study: Chihuahuas bite vets most; Lhaso Apsos inflict worst injuries
By Rachael Whitcomb
Lakewood, Colo. — Chihuahuas are most likely to bite veterinarians. Lhaso Apsos deliver one of the most severe bites.
Montana approval of horse-processing plants may signal trend
By James M. Lewis
National Report — The nation's last three horse-slaughter plants have been shuttered since 2007, but new ones may start to open around the country in coming months.
Study examines communication style of DVMs
By Christina Macejko
Fort Collins, Colo. — During problem appointments, veterinarians tend to hid behind their stethoscopes, which may lead to inferior patient care, according to a new study.
First antimicrobial pesticide approved to prevent anthrax
Washington — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the first license for an antimicrobial pesticide product to deactivate anthrax spores on hard surfaces.
A dog day afternoon
By Rachael Whitcomb
Philadelphia — The waiting room was full at the Radbill Animal Hospital when a man walked behind the reception desk and confronted a technician.
AVMA's hard line too hard?
By Christina Macejko
Seattle — The Utah Veterinary Medical Association wants the AVMA to lay off the "hard-line slant" it took when the policy on ear cropping and tail docking was changed late last year.
Osteoarthritis in the geriatric canine
By Linda Marie Wetzel
Athens, Ga. — Osteoarthritis affects millions of dogs each year. Joint injuries can lead to the development of OA later in life.
Aches, pains just part of the job
By Christina Macejko
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand — If you think your job is a pain in the neck, you're not alone.
Humor
Practice pitfalls: Avoiding 2 out of 3 isn't bad
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
Was this kitten born without the right stuff? Of course not! Dr. Pursuit ... I mean you...No, I mean all of us...were spaying a tom cat.
Sometimes an easy diagnosis is hard to deliver
There are some situations in veterinary practice for which no amount of formal education can prepare you.
Laughter heals
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Laughter is good medicine. It doesn't require a doctor's prescription and there is very little danger of overdose.
Medicine
Canine rehabilitation: An inside look at a fast-growing market segment
By Janet Van Dyke, DVM
The perception still exists that any veterinarian with some exercise equipment an underwater treadmill can practice rehabilitation.
Surgery STAT: Metacarpal and metatarsal fractures: conservative or surgical management?
By Peter J. Lotsikas, DVM, Dipl. ACVS
Metacarpal and metatarsal bone fractures are common injuries seen in the dog, typically resulting from automobile trauma, being stepped upon or having the paw trapped under a rigid object.
Value of examining low velocity abdominal blood flow in the dog
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Q: Please review use of examining low-velocity blood flow in the dog's abdomen.
Business
Are you giving your best to your best clients?
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Tough talk is the basis of my column. And it's especially needed as our struggling economy flops around like a newly caught fish in the bottom of your boat.
The amorphous buy-in offer
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
One of the more stressful times in a veterinarian's employment relationship is contract-signing or contract-renewal time.
Equine
New Ruffian Equine Medical Center serves Long Island, region
By Ed Kane, PhD
Elmont, N.Y. — Ruffian was considered by many to be the finest Thoroughbred filly in racing history. It is on the site of her burial that the Ruffian Equine Medical Center opened this year.
Survey asks for unwanted horse solutions
By James M. Lewis
Washington — Reopening of U.S. processing plants is among the four most popular solutions suggested for dealing with increasing numbers of unwanted horses, according to a new survey.
Using serum biomarkers to detect early change in joint tissues in horses
By C.W. McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DACVS
Osteoarthritis is a common problem for the athletic horse and has been estimated to cause 60 percent of lameness cases in the athletic horse.
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