VETERINARY MEDICINE, Apr 1, 2007 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Apr 1, 2007
Features
Canine housetraining challenges
By Valarie V. Tynes, DVM, DACVB
A well-housetrained dog is a requirement for most pet owners. In fact, behavior problems are a common cause of relinquishment to animal shelters, and inappropriate elimination has been reported to make up 15% to 24% of the behavior problems seen in veterinary behavior clinics.
How I treat food-related aggression in dogs
By Jacqueline C. Neilson, DVM, DACVB
Diagnosing food-related aggression in dogs is fairly straightforward--the history reveals that a dog in possession or proximity of a food item directs a threat or harmful action toward another with the intent of backing that individual away from the food item.
A challenging case: Progressive, generalized pain in a young English bulldog
By Laura C. Tepper, DVM , Eric N. Glass, MS, DVM, DACVIM (neurology) , Marc Kent, DVM, DACVIM (internal medicine, neurology)
A 1-year-old 58.3-lb (26.5-kg) castrated male English bulldog presented to the Mathew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania for evaluation of progressive pain that was difficult to localize.
Departments
An Interview with Dr. Timothy M. Fan
Practitioners, says this veterinary oncologist, must be not only clinically competent but also caring and compassionate. "A good veterinarian is like a ball of wax—he or she can be shaped to the different circumstances and needs of the patient and pet owner."
Toxicology Brief: Pet food recall: Aminopterin and melamine
By Petra A. Volmer, DVM, MS, DABVT, DABT
Two substances, aminopterin and melamine, have been identified in some of the tested samples of the recalled pet foods manufactured by Menu Foods (www.menufoods.com). How these substances entered the pet food chain hasn't been determined. Investigators also don't know whether these substances are the sole cause of the illness associated with ingestion of the recalled food; other as yet unknown factors are likely to be involved.
Toxicology Brief: Metformin overdose in dogs and cats
By Jacqueline B. Heller, DVM
Metformin is an antihyperglycemic prescription medication labeled for the treatment of noninsulin-dependent (type 2) diabetes mellitus in people. Metformin belongs to the biguanide group of oral antidiabetic agents and is the only biguanide currently available in the United States.
Idea Exchange: Traffic cone reminds staff to proceed with courtesy
It is difficult for staff members in the back of the clinic to know when a critically ill patient or an animal being euthanized is in an exam room and, thus, when they should walk by quietly.
Idea Exchange: Peripheral placement of a central line made easier
The long needle that comes attached to some types of central venous catheters comes with a needle and guard that can be cumbersome, especially in small patients.
Idea Exchange: A catheter guard for cantankerous cats
For an inexpensive catheter guard for cats, I take the cardboard tube center from a roll of Vetrap (3M) bandaging tape and cut it lengthwise so it can be slipped over the catheter site on the cat's forelimb.
Mind Over Miller: To confess mistakes or not, that is the question
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
I was a practicing veterinarian for 32 years. In all that time, I was never sued for malpractice. Did I ever make a mistake? Of course.

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