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Source: CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS

Anesthesia for the geriatric patient (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

What is a geriatric patient? Geriatric patients are pets that have attained 75% of that species or breeds expected life span. Therefore, a 6 year old Yorkshire terrier would not be considered geriatric, but a 6 year old Irish wolfhound would fall under this definition.

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Ventilation and ETCO2—it's more than just breathing (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

Ventilation is the act or process of supplying fresh air and moving gas in and out of the alveoli. Air that is being replaced in the lung has a higher partial pressure of O2 but a lower partial pressure of CO2.

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The ABC's of dental disease in rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

Dental disease is a generic term used for exotic small mammals such as rabbits, chinchillas and guinea pigs who have acute or chronic abnormalities and overgrowth of the teeth, usually causing medical problems such as pain, anorexia, drooling, and ocular and/or nasal discharge to just name a few.

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Fever of unknown origin (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

Fever is defined as a higher than normal body temperature (>102.5) due to altered thermoregulatory mechanisms in the hypothalamus. Fever of unknown origin (FUO) is a fever that does not resolve spontaneously and for which no obvious cause is identified. Infectious disease, immune-mediated conditions and neoplasia account for over 75% of FUO cases.

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Nursing techniques and diagnostic procedures for exotic animals (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

Rigid endoscopy can be performed in many reptiles by passing the endoscope through the oral cavity and into the stomach. Endoscopy is primarily used to obtain gastric biopsies or to retrieve foreign bodies from the stomach.

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Managing critically ill exotic mammals (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

Exotic small mammals (formally known as pocket pets) are challenging creatures to work with. When working with dogs and cats, it is usually easy to place an intravenous catheter, intubate, provide fluid therapy, hook up an ECG, place a blood pressure cuff, and keep track of the core body temperature.

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Oral pathology—part 1 (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

It is important to be able to identify oral pathology and anomalies. It is equally important to correctly record the pathology on dental charts.

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Restraint, physical examination and venipuncture techniques in reptiles (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

Most snakes can be easily captured directly out of the carrier or cage they are in. If the snake is aggressive, it may be necessary to use a towel along with leather gloves to safely capture it. In these cases, it is easiest to gently toss the towel over the snake and find the head.

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Oral pathology—part 2 (Proceedings)

August 1, 2011

In the previous lecture, the importance of being able to identify periodontal indices was discussed as well as the importance of correctly recording that pathology on dental charts.

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