VETERINARY MEDICINE, Nov 1, 2007 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Nov 1, 2007
Features
Pimobendan treatment in dogs with congestive heart failure
By Justin D. Thomason, DVM, DACVIM (small animal internal medicine) , Tiffany L. Fallaw, BS, RVT , Clay A. Calvert, DVM, DACVIM (small animal internal medicine)
Editors' note: This article is an updated excerpt from "Pimobendan: Understanding its cardiac effects in dogs with myocardial disease," which appeared in Veterinary Medicine's October 2006 issue.
Is it immune-mediated neutropenia?
By Belle Marie D. Nibblett, DVM , Anthony P. Carr, Dr. med. vet., DACVIM (small animal internal medicine)
Immune-mediated neutropenia is a relatively uncommon cause of neutropenia in cats and dogs, and recognizing it is challenging. It can only be identified by understanding the pathophysiology of neutropenia in general and ruling out its differential diagnoses.
A challenging case: Uveitis and secondary glaucoma in a cat
By Lyndsey Larson, VMD , Todd Hammond, DVM, MS, DACVO
A 9-year-old male neutered domestic shorthaired cat was referred to The Veterinary Eye Clinic in Wheat Ridge, Colo., for evaluation of acute, progressive uveitis in both eyes and glaucoma in the right eye.
Departments
Leading Off: Putting the new pain management guidelines into practice
By Robin Downing, DVM
The American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners have just put together new guidelines for pain management, which cover types of pain, recognition and assessment, and intervention.
An Interview with Dr. Lila Miller
By Lila Miller, DVM
A leader in shelter medicine, Dr. Miller cares for the underserved, often-forgotten animals and trains others to follow in her footsteps. She says a good veterinarian "doesn't lose sight of doing what is right for the patient even though it isn't always possible."
Clinical Exposures: A retained testis and spermatic cord torsion in a boxer
By Lysimachos G. Papazoglou, DVM, PhD, MRCVS , Michail N. Patsikas, DVM, PhD, DECVDI , Nectarios Soubasis, DVM, PhD , Vasileia Kouti, DVM , Georgia Brellou, DVM, PhD
A 13-month-old intact male boxer weighing 57.2 lb (26 kg) was presented to the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Companion Animal Clinic for evaluation of a one-day history of vomiting.
Idea Exchange: An easy way to clean vacuum lines and hoses
To prevent clogs and debris from blocking the hoses and lines of our central vacuuming system, I take 5 lb of uncooked rice to the various vacuum ports and let the rice get sucked through the hoses.
Idea Exchange: No need to disturb patients when removing air bubbles from the IV line
If you have an animal that is already comfortably hooked up to fluids and you see an air bubble or bubbles in the line, instead of disconnecting the fluids, stick a needle (any gauge) into one of the ports below the bubble and let the bubble run out through the needle.
Idea Exchange: Easier enemas in tiny animals
In addition to providing constipated animals with appropriate fluid therapy and medications, perform an enema to remove stool when appropriate by inserting a red rubber tube (8 to 12 F) in the center of the stool mass and applying suction and gentle traction on the tube.
Idea Exchange: Always be prepared with assorted collars and leashes
We never let clients leave their pets' collars and leashes in the hospital because they could accidentally become lost.
Idea Exchange: Get a little support from the human hospitals
Our local human hospital upgraded its equipment, and we purchased several of its old patient bedside tables.
Mind Over Miller: Foie gross!
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
I don't understand the controversy over taking a stand on foie gras production.

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