Dermatologic woes, dental conundrums and reviews of the latest literature, we’ve gathered up the most-read articles of 2016. Did you miss any of them? Jump into the countdown on the pages that follow.
10. dvm360 vet life hacks
"I've got all day!" —said no veterinary professional, ever. So we bring you this collection of time-saving techniques, tips, tools and other treats for better client communication, better patient care and a better bottom line.
9. The idiosyncrasies of itchy cats
Cats are not small dogs; we've heard that before. It's never quite so true in veterinary medicine as for a dermatologist! Rudayna Ghubash, DVM, DACVD, Animal Dermatology Clinic in Marina del Rey, California, pinpoints best practices in examining and diagnosing puritic cats.
8. Life-saving pointers for parvo puppies
Parvovirus is a much dreaded diagnosis, but these fragile puppies can make it through. Here's how. Medora Pashmakova, DVM, DACVECC, emphasizes that if you help puppies survive the first three to four days of the infection, they usually make a rapid recovery. Easier said than done, though, right?
7. Image Quiz: When a dog's teeth are a hairy problem
Bulldogs, Labrador retrievers and beagles are prone to it. Why, what is it, and what can be done? See if you can guess what condition is pictured, and read Jan Bellows’, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP, FAVD, treatment recommendations.
6. 3 unusual (but not uncommon) skin diseases you should know
These three skin diseases aren’t zebras—they're more like donkeys. Learn to recognize their “hoofbeats” so you don’t miss the diagnosis. Darin Dell, DVM, DACVD, discusses diagnosis, treatment and even throws in some pro tips for dealing with these dermatologic conditions.
5. Is the gold standard the old standard?
What happens when the highest level of care just isn't an option for most of the clients you serve? Answers from the dvm360 Spectrum of Care survey point to a new world order: The days of providing nothing less than the gold standard might be numbered.
4. Mirtazapine in cats: How much is too much?
A look at ideal dosing practices for this appetite stimulant in cats and what happens in cases of overdose. Mirtazapine has shown promise as a safe and effective alternative, but like many medications, it is not without limitations and adverse effects.
3. ClinQuiz: Interpreting low-dose dexamethasone suppression test results 2016 update
Test your knowledge of what these LDDS test results mean with this short quiz. But don't worry, unlike the exams you took in school, the answers, with complete explanations, are provided.
2. Image Quiz: Are you a veterinary anatomy genius?
After an act of graffiti damaged one of the skulls used for study by veterinary students at the University of Illinois, Ashley Lynch, instructional laboratory specialist, turned lemons into lemonade and color-coded the skulls to cover the ink. Do you remember every feature you learned—perhaps many moons ago—about the skull?
And the most-read article of 2016 is ….
1. 3 Dr. Google horror stories that reflect the veterinary profession's new normal
Many clients aren't on the same page with you about your expertise—they're relying on the Internet for veterinary advice.