The veterinarian's oath states in part, "Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the... relief of animal suffering... Does this solemn promise encompass our being "Good Samaritans"? What principles are involved in being a Good Samaritan? What are Good Samaritan laws, and how do they affect each of us? To what extent should we contribute our resources in the role of being a Good Samaritan?
Recently a colleague asked us for advice about how to prevent recurrence of a urolith that contained a nucleus of 100 percent calcium oxalate (CaOx) and a distinct outer layer of 95 percent magnesium ammonium phosphate (MAP) and 5 percent calcium phosphate (Image 1 and Figure 2, p. 12S).
Canine hyperadrenocorticism (HAC) is a common condition seen most frequently
in middle aged to older dogs. The clinical signs and physical examination
findings characteristic for the condition include polyuria, polydipsia,
polyphagia, abdominal distension, hepatomegaly and dermatologic changes
such as bilaterally symmetrical alopecia. Affected dogs are prone to develop
complications from the hypercortisolemia such as pyoderma, urinary tract
infections, diabetes mellitus, proteinuric renal disease, and pulmonary
Recently a colleague in private practice asked me for advice about how to treat cystine bladder stones formed by a 5.5 year-old, spayed female Siamese cat. Although textbooks that he consulted contained information about cystine urolithiasis in dogs, he was unable to find recommendations for this disorder in cats. How would you manage this case?
Normal urinary continence. Micturition may be defined as function of the lower urinary tract that encompasses both a storage phase and a voiding phase. During the storage phase of micturition, the urinary bladder, acting as a low-pressure reservoir, is relaxed and fills with urine.
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has teamed up with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, (ACVIM)
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month, an ACVIM diplomate will summarize, in abstract form, the latest research
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