Greatest hits: The top 10 most-read clinical articles of 2016

Greatest hits: The top 10 most-read clinical articles of 2016

From image quizzes to journal reviews and updated protocols, here’s what your colleagues couldn’t get enough of this year.
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Nov 28, 2016
By dvm360.com staff

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.

Read the package here.

9. The idiosyncrasies of itchy cats

Image courtesy of Dr. Ghubash

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.

Read the full story here.

8. Life-saving pointers for parvo puppies

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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?

Read the full story here.

7. Image Quiz: When a dog's teeth are a hairy problem

Image courtesy of Dr. Bellows

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.

Take the quiz here.

6. 3 unusual (but not uncommon) skin diseases you should know

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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.

Read the full story here.

5. Is the gold standard the old standard?

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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.

Read the full story here.

4. Mirtazapine in cats: How much is too much?

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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.

Read the full story here.

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.

Take the quiz here.

2. Image Quiz: Are you a veterinary anatomy genius?

Image courtesy of Ashley Lynch

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?

Take the quiz here.

And the most-read article of 2016 is ….

1. 3 Dr. Google horror stories that reflect the veterinary profession's new normal

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Many clients aren't on the same page with you about your expertise—they're relying on the Internet for veterinary advice.

Read the full story here.