VETERINARY MEDICINE, Jun 1, 2007 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Jun 1, 2007
Features
What's new in dermatologic therapy?
By Heide M. Newton, DVM, DACVD , Craig E. Griffin, DVM, DACVD
Dermatologic problems can be frustrating to treat. Pentoxifylline, tacrolimus, pimecrolimus, interferon, and imiquimod offer potential new therapeutic options.
Feline oral squamous cell carcinoma: An overview
By Jennifer J. Marretta, DVM , Laura D. Garrett, DVM, DACVIM (oncology) , Sandra Manfra Marretta, DVM, DACVS, DAVDC
The oral cavity is a common site for neoplasia in cats, accounting for about 10% of all feline tumors.
Departments
Letters: Dr. Robert Leighton: A professor for us all to admire
I have enjoyed reading Veterinary Medicine's interviews with veterinary leaders. When I picked up the December 2006 issue, I was especially pleased to see the interview with Dr. Robert L. Leighton.
Letters: And nothing but the truth
It was a real pleasure to read Dr. Miller's column in the April issue on admitting our mistakes.
In memoriam: Dr. James R. Richards
By Margaret Rampey
As many of you now know, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine professor Dr. James R. Richards died on April 24, after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident.
An Interview with Dr. David S. Bruyette
This internist embraces advances in diagnostics as well as comparative medicine. However, "One thing I hope never changes," he says, "is our reliance on history taking and physical examinations."
Research Update: Using computed tomography to find nongastrointestinal foreign bodies
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this retrospective study, the clinical and computed tomography (CT) characteristics of 13 cases involving nongastrointestinal foreign bodies in dogs evaluated at a university veterinary hospital were reviewed.
Research Update: Accuracy of splenic aspirate cytologic diagnoses
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this retrospective study from a university veterinary hospital, the case records of 29 dogs and three cats were reviewed to determine the diagnostic accuracy of cytologic evaluation of splenic aspirates gathered by using ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration compared with histologic evaluation of specimens obtained by using surgical biopsy (10 animals) or ultrasound-guided biopsy (2) or at necropsy (21).
Research Update: Recovery from disk surgery without intraoperative methylprednisolone sodium succinate
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this prospective clinical study from a private practice referral hospital, the recoveries of 51 nonambulatory dogs with thoracolumbar intervertebral disk disease treated with hemilaminectomy and without methylprednisolone sodium succinate were evaluated.
Research Update: Laser vs. scalpel onychectomy in cats
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this prospective study at a university veterinary hospital, 20 healthy adult cats (6 to 24 months of age) were divided into two groups and underwent left forelimb unilateral scalpel or CO2 laser onychectomy.
Research Update: Spontaneous retrograde movement of ureteroliths
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this case series, ureterolith movements in two dogs and five cats were evaluated.
Practical Matters: Canine pregnancy diagnosis: serum relaxin or ultrasonography?
By Margaret V. Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD, DACT
Serologic testing for pregnancy in bitches is complicated because of female dogs' normal endocrine physiology.
Practical Matters: Consider underlying problems and referral before changing NSAID therapy
By Julie D. Smith, DVM, DACVS
Most of the limping dogs that are referred to our practice have received at least one course of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) therapy at some point in their histories.
Practical Matters: How you can easily assess motor function and pain perception in nonambulatory animals
By Helena Rylander, DVM, DACVIM (neurology)
To help reach a prognosis in nonambulatory animals with spinal cord disease, assess voluntary motor function or pain perception.
Toxicology Brief: Breathe with ease when managing beta-2 agonist inhaler toxicoses in dogs
By Donna Mensching, DVM, MS, DABVT, DABT , Petra A. Volmer, DVM, MS, DABVT, DABT
Combine more than 14.6 million asthmatic people in the United States with more than 61.5 million playful pet dogs, and it's a sure bet that some curious Fidos will bite into their owners' life-saving inhalers.
Clinical Exposures: Feline infectious peritonitis: Typical findings and a new PCR test
By Christopher Gibson, VMD , Nicola Parry, BSc, MSc, BVSc, DACVP
A 1-year-old castrated male domestic shorthaired cat was presented for evaluation of a 10-day history of lethargy, anorexia, decreased water consumption, and apparent discomfort.
Idea Exchange: Try needlework mesh to guard injured ears
Aural hematomas need support to protect the ear and hold the tissues together to allow healing.
Idea Exchange: Teach ideal weight by example
Clients often cannot comprehend what a cat or dog at a healthy weight looks like, so I give them a live demonstration with my own dog and cat, which are at ideal weights.
Idea Exchange: Three steps to less painful declaws
For feline onychectomy, we use three levels of preemptive pain management.
Idea Exchange: A simple solution to a sharp situation
Using 20-ga stainless steel cerclage wire to repair simple mandibular symphysis fractures in cats leaves a 3- to 4-mm sharp twist of wire protruding from the ventral mandible.
Idea Exchange: Putting prescriptions up front keeps staff members from having to go back
Recently, one of our technicians decided we should put filled prescriptions up front next to the receptionist rather than in the back.
Idea Exchange: Laminate test strip label to avoid chronic bottle rotation syndrome
To make it easier to read urinalysis or BUN test strip results, we removed the label with the results key from the bottle of strips and laminated it.
Mind Over Miller: You must be old if you remember...
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
We tend to reminisce about the good old days, but not all things were rosier back then.

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