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Articles by Carl A. Osborne, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

A lesson from Fido: man's best friend

Dec 1, 2003

What do the words Fido, fidelity and confidence have in common? Can you find the root word in these terms? If you have decided the root word is "fid," you are correct. It is derived from the Latin term, "fidelitas." You Latin buffs may recall its meaning - "faithful."

How would you manage uroliths in a puppy?

Nov 1, 2003

Recently a colleague asked me for advice about stones in the urinary bladder of an 8-week-old female Shih Tzu. The owner, who had recently acquired the dog, was concerned about whether or not the uroliths were indicative of an inherited disorder.

What does it mean to be a Good Samaritan?

Oct 1, 2003

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?

How to simplify management of complex uroliths

Sep 1, 2003

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).

Professional competency: How committed are you to improvement?

Jul 1, 2003

The time has arrived when students graduating from colleges and schools of veterinary medicine take the Veterinarian's Oath. Do you recall taking this oath? It states in part, "Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear(to) accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence."

The ins and outs of polyuria and polydipsia

Jun 1, 2003

Recently a colleague asked me if I could direct her to a reference source for normal and abnormal drinking and urine volumes of cats and dogs. Although this information is available, it is scattered in different textbooks and journal articles. The primary objective of this Diagnote is to provide this information in one concise location.

How would you manage feline xanthine urocystoliths?

May 1, 2003

Recently a colleague in private practice asked me for advice about how to treat xanthine bladder stones formed by an 11-month-old, spayed female domestic shorthaired cat.

Can you come to terms with the language of medicine?

Apr 1, 2003

The technical language of medicine that we routinely use in describing various aspects of a diagnosis, prognosis and treatment often baffles clients who are unfamiliar with medical terminology. However, many medical terms that we commonly use in the English language are derived from words that were commonly spoken in Greek or Latin languages. Test your knowledge about the origin of the following medical terms.

How reliable are your prognoses?

Mar 1, 2003

From a client's point of view, the antemortem differentiation of potentially reversible from irreversible illness is often the most important unknown related to clinical assessment of a patient. Client's typically ask, "Can you help him/her doc?" Our clients are concerned about the probability of their animals' recovery from diseases and disorders with or without therapy, the nature and cost of therapy, and whether recovery will be partial or complete. This phase of patient evaluation is commonly referred to as the"prognosis".

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