From noise aversion, to dermatology to imaging oddities, these are the most-watched videos of 2016. Check them out on the pages that follow.
10. Noise aversion: More than storms and fireworks
It's easy to cite loud sounds like fireworks and thunder as sources of anxiety in pets. But veterinary behaviorist Dr. Gary Landsberg notes that other environmental noises and sounds associated with bad experiences can cause just as much stress. Dare you listen to more about this frightful behavioral diagnosis?
9. Client videos: Defusing the tummy-twisting worry of GDV
Have veterinary clients whose stomachs are in knots over their concern for gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) in their at-risk dogs? They want to do their utmost to ensure their dogs aren't affected by this life-threatening turn of events, so we worked with Jennifer Wardlaw, DVM, DACVS, to develop videos you can share directly with your clients once you raise the issue of GDV with them.
The first video discusses what signs they should be on the lookout for in their dogs that mean an emergency visit to the veterinarian is called for, now!
The second video discusses what steps they can be taking to make sure this never ever happens to their precious pups in the first place. A prophylactic gastropexy is always an option, but there are some steps your clients can be taking themselves to prevent GDV.
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8. Best of the updated spay-neuter guidelines
Philip Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS, is a member of the task force that helped create the updated Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ 2016 Veterinary Medical Care Guidelines for Spay-Neuter Programs, available here. At CVC Kansas City, we got a chance to talk to him about what he is most excited about in the guidelines. See his response below.
7. How Patches got her pizzazz back
“Cats with arthritis are rarely lame, instead they have behavioral and personality changes,” says veterinary surgeon Dr. Jennifer Wardlaw. She says you can judge your success or progress in alleviating a cat’s pain on a physical examination but should also assess the cat’s return to its traditional, pre-debilitation pizzazz.
6. Catching the light: An essential step when using laser pointers
Do you advise your cat-owning clients to exercise their cats by having them chase the light from a laser pointer? It's an effective and easy activity. But our veterinary practitioner in the trenches Dr. Sarah Wooten pounced onto one finer point of this exercise in a talk by veterinary behaviorist Dr. John Ciribassi: Let the cat catch the light once in awhile or you could be cultivating compulsive behavior. How can you catch a light? Dr. Wooten caught Dr. Ciribassi to get the details.
5. A Great Dane in great pain (Warning: happy ending)
Dr. Robin Downing tells us about three exciting updates in pain management, along with her most special pain management case.
4. Don't make this mistake in your atopy cases!
Allergy season is upon us, so more pruritic dog and cat appointments may be popping up on your schedule. When it comes to atopic dermatitis, Melissa Hall, DVM, DACVD, from the Animal Dermatology Clinic in Tustin, California, says paramount is realizing that each case is unique, so plot out some time. Make room in your schedule to obtain a thorough patient history and then to provide thorough client education about treating the many factors that cause the itch. Hear more:
3. Your pet swallowed what?
"Rubber duckie, you're the one ... " Yeah, Ernie from Sesame Street was definitely on the same page as veterinary radiologist Dr. Anthony Pease when he thinks back on the weirdest (or coolest?) things he's seen in imaging cases.
2. 7 things you don't want to hear in surgery
Had a long morning of surgeries? Dab your brow and be glad you didn't hear any of the following (at least we hope not). Our thanks to Dr. Jennifer Wardlaw for compiling this list of panic-inducing oh-nos.
1. Canine parvovirus update: Can you save patients without that expensive hospital stay?
How often do you encounter veterinary clients who can't afford the several days of hospitalization needed to deliver life-saving measures to that sweet little puppy they just adopted, now found to have parvovirus? Since those first few days of intensive care are so vital to survival, it can put these clients in a heart-rending spot. Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT, says a new study shows that an out-patient treatment protocol designed by clinicians at Colorado State University, which she dubs "carvo," resulted in survival rates (80%) almost as high as hospitalized treatment (90%).