VETERINARY MEDICINE, Oct 1, 2006 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Oct 1, 2006
Features
Ensuring a behaviorally healthy pet-child relationship
By Laurie Bergman, VMD, DACVB
Veterinarians should encourage pet owners to turn to them for expert advice and assistance. Let clients know that you, not the pet store employee or the self-proclaimed master dog trainer, are the best source for reliable behavior recommendations.
Bringing home baby: Introducing a pet to your new arrival (PDF)
By Laurie Bergman, VMD, DACVB
Before a baby arrives, expectant parents should prepare their pets for the new family member and furnishings.
Pimobendan: Understanding its cardiac effects in dogs with myocardial disease
By Justin D. Thomason, DVM, DACVIM (small animal internal medicine) , Tiffany L. Fallaw, BS, RVT , Clay A. Calvert, DVM, DACVIM (small animal internal medicine)
Pimobendan, a benzimidazole-pyridazinone drug, is classified as an inodilator because of its nonsympathomimetic, nonglycoside positive inotropic (through myocardial calcium sensitization) and vasodilator properties.
A challenging case: Acute-on-chronic vomiting in a German shepherd
By Ralph P. Millard, DVM , Brenda Jo Salinardi, DVM, MS, DACVS
A 2-year-old intact male German shepherd was referred to the Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for evaluation of a three-day history of lethargy, diarrhea, anorexia, and vomiting.
Departments
From the Editors: Style and substance
By Margaret Rampey
You've no doubt noticed that this month's issue has a new look—the culmination of months of discussion and dozens of mock-ups.
Letters: Opening eyes to potential abuse
Thank you for the very informative and thought-provoking article "Animal abuse: What practitioners need to know" (August 2006). I have become more aware of the possibility of abuse as I examine my patients.
Letters: We should care for all animals
I'm happy to see Veterinary Medicine openly explore the many facets of animal welfare in the August 2006 issue. And I'd like to thank Dr. Rollin for a thought-provoking opinion on animal welfare and the veterinary profession (Guest Commentary, "Now is the time to take a stand on animal welfare," August 2006).
Letters: Bringing back painful memories
When I read the August issue of Veterinary Medicine on animal welfare, it caused me to remember incidents of animal abuse that I did not report and that haunt me to this day.
Leading Off: Prepare to re-evaluate your feline vaccination protocols
By James R. Richards, DVM
More than a year in the making, the 2006 American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Feline Vaccine Advisory Panel Report is scheduled for publication in the Nov. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
An Interview with... Dr. Ellen N. Behrend
"Veterinarians need to direct their own profession," says this professor and endocrinologist. "If we do not take responsibility for how veterinary medicine is practiced, we may find out that we are no longer making the decisions."
Practical Matters: Abnormally low capnography readings may not be due to hyperventilation
By Kris Kruse-Elliott, DVM, PhD, DACVA
Using capnography or a capnometer to determine end-tidal CO2 (ETCO2) is a simple, practical, and noninvasive way to monitor patient ventilation during anesthesia.
Practical Matters: Things to remember to calculate chemotherapy dosages correctly
By Annette N. Smith, DVM, MS, DACVIM (oncology and small animal internal medicine)
When calculating or using conversion charts, it is important to note that the weight used is in grams or kilograms (depending on the formula or conversion chart), not pounds.
Practical Matters: Difficulties in diagnosing transitional cell carcinoma
By Linda Fineman, DVM, DACVIM (oncology)
Diagnosing transitional cell carcinoma can be a difficult clinical challenge. Clinical signs (pollakiuria, dysuria, stranguria, and hematuria) are nonspecific, and differential diagnoses include granulomatous cystitis, other neoplastic diseases (lymphoma, rhabdomyosarcoma), a persistent or recurrent urinary tract infection, and urinary calculi—the latter two of which may occur concurrently with transitional cell carcinoma.
Dental Corner: A foundation for treating canine periodontal disease
By Daniel T. Carmichael, DVM, DAVDC
Patients with periodontal disease, the most common disease in dogs, suffer from progressive inflammation and destruction of the tissues supporting the teeth.
Idea Exchange: Ideas to keep patients warm
To prevent hypothermia during anesthesia, we place baby booties or socks on all our patients to reduce heat loss through their footpads.
Idea Exchange: Track patient monitoring with colored dots
Our nurses use a whiteboard with magnetic colored circles to document twice-an-hour checks on hospitalized patients.
Idea Exchange: Lubricant reduces pain during ear exams
When performing otoscopic examinations in dogs and cats, especially ones with severe otitis externa, I put a little Surgilube (Fougera) lubricating jelly on the otoscope speculum to ease discomfort caused by the examination.
Idea Exchange: Using drape keeps patients dry during dentals
To keep a dog or cat clean and dry during a dental procedure, place its nose and mouth through a hole in a waterproof drape.
Idea Exchange: Speak in code when discussing euthanasia
The entire staff uses the letter Q instead of saying euthanasia when discussing it among ourselves.
Idea Exchange: Encourage client feedback
We put a suggestion box in the waiting room with my (hospital manager) business cards next to it.
An unintentional Halloween trick
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
Dr. Robert M. Miller recounts one memorable Halloween and a sudden emergency visit.

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