DVM360 MAGAZINE, Mar 1, 2006 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, Mar 1, 2006
Small Animal
Employ oral ATP in your fight for dental health
By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
Prevention is one of the most important parts of hygiene, as teeth are clean for only about six hours.
Hypertensive encephalopathy in feline patients
By Beatrix Nanai, DVM , Ronald Lyman, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
Hypertensive encephalopathy (HyE) is an acute neurological syndrome, which can be characterized by any of the following clinical signs: nausea, vomiting, abnormal vocalization, ataxia, tremors, photophobia, blindness, frequent blinking, head pressing, stupor and/or seizure activity.
Storm Phobias: Study shows spike in canine cortisol levels
By Jessica Tremayne
Drug therapy and behavior modification have been at least partially effective.
Idiopathic cystitis: Recurrence rates can impact almost half of patients
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Optimal medical care should include measuring BUN, serum creatinine and serum electrolytes daily.
Nephroliths and bacterial UTI in a cat with chronic renal failure
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dietary therapy can reduce the size and number of many metabolic nephroliths.
Food Animal
These farm-hand 'doctors' are in need of some serious CE
It must have took about an hour of serious wiggling before I got it out.
Horse slaughter debate continues
By David Frabotta
Washington  Horse slaughter facilities were granted a reprieve Feb. 7 as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved their petition to pay for their own inspections.
Diagnosing and treating the neonatal foal
By Mary Rose Paradis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
Dysphagia in the neonatal foal manifests itself as the presence of milk in the foal's nares after nursing. Milk reflux in a foal should not be ignored. Aspiration pneumonia is the usual secondary consequence.
Small Animal News
Feline cancer presented by age
Feline cancer presented by age
Experimental vaccine offers promise for canine melanoma
By David Frabotta
Madison, Wis. ? Some dogs, albeit few, experience total remission following an experimental melanoma vaccine therapy.
AVMA clarifies report's context on lethal injection
By Jennifer Fiala
Schaumburg, Ill.  The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) wants capital punishment opponents to stop quoting its euthanasia guidelines to contest lethal injection.
Mastering Management "Consider Electronic bill payment"
Tucson, Ariz. — Veterinarians might be spending too much time writing and signing checks and stamping envelopes, says Dr. Jack Quick of Pantano Animal Clinic in Tucson, Ariz.
Dean exits admid budget woes, Oregon program downgraded
By Jennifer Fiala
Corvallis, Ore. ? The American Veterinary Medical Association's Council on Education (COE) plans this month to demote Oregon State University's (OSU) accreditation status for the second time in six years. The move was in response to officials hiring a researcher and geochemist as the veterinary college's interim dean.
King steps down from MSU
East Lansing, Mich.  Dr. Lonnie King will step down as dean of the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine this year.
In public trust
By Daniel R. Verdon
WASHINGTON - Public health needs more veterinarians. Standing as bulwark to the threat of infectious diseases and bioterrorism, the shortage of veterinarians in this role has become ?critical?, adds Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo.
CVMA plans to testify against RVT proposal
By Jennifer Fiala
Sacramento, calif. ? An April 28 hearing on licensure expansion for registered veterinary technicians (RVT) might prove the California Veterinary Medical Association's (CVMA) best and final chance to thwart the measure.
Researchers tackle bone healing
By David Frabotta
We hope to be able to train or stimulate bone formation in a specific fashion.
Population spikes to fuel veterinary jobs
By David Frabotta
Veterinarians are well-suited to rise to the very top of public-health organizations.
Taking Aim, Ear cropping targeted by Vermont veterinarians
By Jessica Tremayne
Montpelier, Vt. ? The Vermont Senate gave a bill banning ear cropping the nod last month, leaving the House to decide if the state will become the first in the country to outlaw the procedure.
AVMA vies to foster bond with welfare, breed groups
By Jennifer Fiala
Washington  In a town where political isolation begets a legislative death sentence, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports some once-unusual alliances now bolster the profession's Washington agenda.
Plant-based vaccine system OK'd by USDA
By Jennifer Fiala
Indianapolis  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently approved Dow AgroSciences' technology to generate vaccines from plants, marking the first such regulatory sanction in the world.
Tuskegee University appoints new dean
By Jessica Tremayne
Tuskegee, Ala.  Dr. Tsegaye Habtemariam was appointed dean of Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine and Nursing and Allied Health in January.
Virginia, Ohio look to increase animal sterilization
By Jessica Tremayne
Richmond, Va.  A Virginia Senate bill calls for mandating sterilization of dogs and cats acquired from dealers and breeders.
EHV cases reportedly on the rise
By David Frabotta
National Report ? An increase in the number and severity of equine herpesvirus Type-1-induced neurological disease outbreaks has forced the closure of racetracks, the quarantine of several barns in least four states this year and the humane destruction of several horses.
NAVC attracts record crowd with 14,500 in attendance
Orlando  The North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) drew record-breaking crowds with 5,665 veterinarians in attendance.
S.C. DVMs eager for practice act passage
By Jessica Tremayne
Charleston, S.C.  Legislation that would make client complaints public record and revitalize an aged practice act is once again stalled in the South Carolina Senate.
AVMA eyes key legislative initiatives for 2006
Washington  The veterinary legislative agenda on Capitol Hill this year is nothing short of quot;aggressive," according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Practice Management
Are you budgeting for charitable giving?
By Marsha L. Heinke DVM, EA, CPA, CVPM
It is reasonable to decide which areas you are particularly passionate about and plan them as part of your 2006 charity pool.
Family limited partnerships invaluable tax-reducing tool
By Mark E. Battersby
FLP requires both careful analysis and strict compliance with IRS regulations.
License defense: Are you prepared?
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
Just because a complaint seems goofy or unfair, a practitioner still can shell out big bucks to defend a license.
Choose your words wisely
By David M. Lane, DVM, MS
Profanity in the workplace is on the rise along with court filings and complaints to EEOC.
Dr. Obenski
Bad things come in threes
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
Mr. and Mrs. Lunkhead showed up at my office one day last month. It was their first visit. It didn't take me long to hope it would also be their last. Their cat, Goner, looked about half dead.
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