DVM360 MAGAZINE, May 1, 2006 - DVM
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DVM360 MAGAZINE, May 1, 2006
Small Animal
What is the significance of pyuria?
By Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
A significant number of bacteria associated with pyuria indicates the inflammatory lesion is active.
CVD remains most common cardiac disease in small, medium-sized dogs
By Carl D. Sammarco, BvSc, MRCVS, DACVIM , Eric DeRose
Chronic valve disease (CVD), also called mitral valve disease or endocardiosis, is the most common form of acquired cardiac disease diagnosed in small- and medium-sized dogs. The mitral valve alone is affected in 60 percent of cases of chronic valve disease, whereas only the tricuspid valve is affected in 10 percent of cases. Thirty percent will have both the tricuspid and mitral valves affected. Endocardiosis is an age-related thickening of the mitral valve due to fibroblast proliferation and an increase in collagen and elastic fibers. The thickening of the mitral valve allows a regurgitant volume of blood to be forced from the high-pressure left ventricle into the low-pressure left atrium during systole. Over time, regurgitation can lead to progressive atrial and ventricular enlargement due to volume overload. Severe mitral regurgitation can lead to left-sided congestive heart failure and pulmonary edema formation. Long-term severe mitral regurgitation can lead to generalized heart failure. Right heart..
Researcher tests therapy for arterial thromboembolism
By Jessica Tremayne
Fort Collins, Colo. — Dr. Janice Bright, a cardiologist at Colorado State University (CSU) is conducting ongoing research on feline arterial thromboembolism (ATE), using anti-platelet drugs called GP Iib/IIIa blocking agents.
Feline communication: Integrate the sign into a strategy
By Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB
The final column in this series on feline communication focuses on integrating all the signals we have discussed and in reviewing their roles given the context of the specific behavioral environment.
Small animal DVM enters big-time politics
By Jennifer Fiala
Trenton, N.J. — He's put away the scuba gear, paused the pottery wheel and plans to rearrange time spent as his practice to do one thing — run for the New Jersey General Assembly.
Cutaneous paraneoplastic disease: Sometimes prognosis remains poor
By Johnny D. Hoskins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Please review inappropriate urination/cystitis in cats.
Canine soft-tissue sarcomas
By Kim L. Cronin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
Soft-tissue sarcomas (STS) are common for a practitioner to see as they compromise up to 15 percent of all skin tumors in dogs. The terms spindle-cell tumors and mesenchymal tumors have also been used to describe these tumors. STS are considered to be a family of tumors given that they are all derived from connective tissues and have a similar biologic behavior regardless of the histologic type (see Table 1). Histiocytic sarcomas, oral sarcomas, hemangiosarcoma and synovial cell sarcoma are generally not included given that these tumors have a different biologic behavior.
Food Animal
The thong end of the spectrum
What do you say to a perfect stranger who just rolled into a ball of near nakedness in front of you?
Medical genius or ice cream delivery driver; to close to call forsome clients
By Michael A. Obenski, DVM
It happened in a little-known place called the Elwood Ivins Steel Tube Mill in Horsham, Pa. The year was 1968.
Cornell University dean will step down after 10 years
Ithaca, N.Y. — Cornell University announced Dr. Donald Smith, the university's Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine, will end his 10-year tenure in June 2007.
AAHA celebrates 73rd meeting
By Jessica Tremayne
Long Beach, Calif. — More than 1,365 veterinarians and 1,050 veterinary professionals were in attendance at the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) 73rd-annual conference in Long Beach, Calif.
AAHA diagnstic codes standardize disease entry
By Jessica Tremayne
Long Beach, Calif. — The Diagnostic Codes Task Force established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is concluding the development of 2,000 uniformly accepted codes for veterinary practices.
Biting back
By David Frabotta
Denver — More than 1,000 dogs have been euthanized in Denver following its year-long Pit Bull ban. Some residents have reclaimed their mixed-breeds from dog death row and moved out of city limits to save their pets.
DVM Newsmagazine captures Neal Award
Cleveland — DVM Newsmagazine won a prestigious 2006 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award in the category of Best News Coverage.
On the verge of exile?
By Kate Mesch
After five surgeries spanning almost three years, Mary Murphy-Smith, 49, cannot open her right hand. She can no longer deliver babies in her profession as a midwife, and her nightmares are still frequent and vivid.
Bayer to distribute microchip; release dewormer
Shawnee, Kan. — Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health Division, announced that it reached an agreement for U.S. distribution rights for Switzerland-based Datamars' ISO-approved microchips and scanners for companion animals and horses.
Corporate players shelve plan to lower licensing hurdle
By Jennifer Fiala
Sacramento, Calif. — Corporate veterinary medicine has walked away from a legislative bid to ease California's license requirements — for now.
Dentistry pictorial to improve compliance - VLG
Harrisburg, Pa. — In effort to enhance dental program compliance, Lockwillow Avenue Animal Clinic in Harrisburg, Pa., produced a pictorial display, "From Wicked to White — What it takes to Get There."
ISU presses on with Nebraska deal
By Jessica Tremayne
Ames, Iowa — Despite a close vote by Iowa faculty members, Iowa State University (ISU) is proceeding with a University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) deal that will allow Nebraska residents to enroll at ISU at in-state rates.
AAHA welcomes new leadership for 2006-2007
Newly elected AAHA President Dr. Michael Andrews says he doesn't have an agenda to alter the association, but he plans to keep updated on issues that affect the profession.
Ohio appeals court strikes vicious dog laws
By Jennifer Fiala
Toledo, Ohio — More than a year after the Ohio Supreme Court quashed part of the state's vicious dog laws, an appeals panel finds another section of code as well as a Toledo ordinance targeting Pit Bulls unconstitutional.
L.A. County proposes mandatory sterilization
By Jennifer Fiala
Los Angeles — A plan designed to stave off Pit Bull and Rottweiler attacks around Los Angeles has expanded to mandate the sterilization of almost all dogs in unincorporated areas of the nation's largest county.
APHIS court comments for identification standards
By David Frabotta
Washington — The U.S. government has joined the microchip fray at the request of the two-year-old Coalition for Reuniting Pets with Families.
Emerging zoonoses: frightening interface exists between animal andhuman health
By Corrie Brown, DVM, PhD
We can serve as marvelous conduits of information to the general public about the facts surrounding these diseases.
Veterinarian welcomes immigration in rural Iowa
Denison, Iowa — As the nation's attention turns toward political initiatives to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, a mixed animal practitioner living in a small city with a huge immigration surge believes the trend will protect his business.
CVC celebrates debut East Coast conference
Baltimore — Advanstar Veterinary Healthcare Communications (AVHC) offered veterinarians more than 450 continuing-education credit hours at its inaugural CVC East in Baltimore.
Principles for specialist, generalist unveiled
By Jennifer Fiala
National Report — As the profession evolves, so do two distinct factions — its army of general practitioners and a growing number of board-certified specialists.
Safe Haven-Maine shelters pets under domestic violence protection
By Jennifer Fiala
Mandatory abuse reporting could sever clients and also the ability to continue contact with the owner.
Oregon State University maintains full accreditation
Corvallis, Ore. — Oregon State University's (OSU) veterinary college remains fully accredited following the addition of a non-veterinarian as the program's dean, despite a published report in the March issue of DVM Newsmagazine.
Benchmarking study measures specialist practices
Long Beach, Calif. — The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) plans to release results of a 2005 Specialist/Referral Benchmarking Study this month to better understand this growing segment.
Pet spending to shatter records in 2006, trade group reports
San Diego — Pet spending is expected to reach an all-time high this year of $38.4 billion with $9.4 billion going toward veterinary care.
Oregon Humane Society to open teaching hospital
Portland, Ore. — The Oregon Humane Society's (OHS) planned $6.4-million Animal Medical and Learning Center, slated to open in 2007, will be the first of its kind.
Kansas veterinary board takes actions against DVM licenses
By Jessica Tremayne
Wamego, Kan. — About 2,400 veterinarians holding a Kansas license recently received a letter from the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners (KBVE) stating legal action will be taken against them if caught reselling ethical products in a manner that violates manufacturer directions.
Practice Management
Fiduciary fundamentals
By Steven Fox, DVM, PhD, MBA
A corporate trustee won't die, move away, take a vacation or be biased or distracted by personal concerns.
Standards of care: Apply them evenly to all patients
By Christopher J. Allen, DVM, JD
A complete patient record will help you collect full payment through collection, litigation or otherwise.
Are you making the medical grade?
By Michael H. Riegger, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
As the continuing education season is well under way, the time has come for another practical quiz.
Focus on your 'A' clients in sluggish economy
By Gerald Snyder, VMD
Not using demographically determined fees eventually leads to mediocrity or worse.
Incidences of neoplasia
By Ed Kane, PhD
Neoplasia is generally an uncommon occurrence in horses. "As a species, horses appear to have less of a predisposition to cancer," says John Robertson, VMD, PhD, director of the Center for Comparative Oncology at The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. "The overall incidence of neoplasms in horses is lower than in other long-lived species, i.e., humans, cats and dogs."
Poor socialization can stem from a variety of circumstances
By Kenneth L. Marcella, DVM
Private equine practice is largely a matter of lameness, reproductive issues, trauma care and preventive medicine. There are occasions, however, when behavior problems directly affect medical care, and veterinarians must be able to address these issues to deliver appropriate treatment.
Cloning results copied for commercial enterprise
By David Frabotta
Austin, Texas — A partnership between ViaGen Inc. and Encore Genetics produced the first commercially cloned mare in the United States. Royal Blue Boon Too is the genetic replica of a champion cutter owned by Elaine Hall.
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