VETERINARY MEDICINE, Feb 1, 2008 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Feb 1, 2008
Features
Trilostane: A therapeutic consideration for canine hyperadrenocorticism
By Audrey K. Cook, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA
A brief review of the diagnosis and treatment of hyperadrenocorticism and the current knowledge on trilostane, including its therapeutic considerations and possible adverse effects.
Screening and medical management of feline kidney transplant candidates
By Jason Bleedorn, DVM , Barrak Pressler, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Kidney transplantation is indicated in cats with decompensated chronic kidney disease or, less commonly, acute, irreversible renal failure.
Departments
The Veterinary Medicine Interview: Dr. Melinda D. Merck
By Melinda D. Merck, DVM
This high-profile forensic veterinarian investigates animal cruelty cases, which no one wants to see. But she says she finds the work satisfying because "I am giving the animal a voice."
Research Update: Using thermography to evaluate limbs in dogs
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this prospective study from a referral practice, the limbs of 10 healthy dogs were evaluated by using a thermographic imaging protocol to determine normal cutaneous thermographic patterns (a color map that indicates the skin temperature distribution) and evaluate the effect of hair clipping.
Research Update: Effect of the moon on emergency room visits
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this retrospective case series from a university veterinary medical center, the frequency of canine and feline emergency visits were noted with respect to the lunar cycle.
Research Update: Comparing temperature measurement devices in dogs
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this prospective study, eight research dogs were used to compare temperature assessments made with a predictive rectal thermometer (the early rate of temperature change mathematically predicts the final temperature), an infrared auricular thermometer, and a subcutaneous temperature-sensing microchip.
Research Update: How well does abdominal ultrasonographic evaluation guide surgeons?
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this retrospective study of 100 cases from a veterinary college, preoperative abdominal ultrasonography and exploratory laparotomy findings were reviewed to determine agreement and discrepancy rates and identify lesions likely to be missed by ultrasonography.
Research Update: The prevalence of and risk factors for canine appendicular osteosarcoma
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this retrospective study of dogs treated at a veterinary teaching hospital, the prevalence of appendicular osteosarcoma in greyhounds compared with other breeds was examined, along with the potential risk factors for developing the disease.
Idea Exchange: Put the date where it can't be missed
Writing an expiration date on a flea-and-tick collar helps ensure that it will be replaced in a timely manner.
Idea Exchange: Keep staff members on time
Since all our employees are responsible for keeping up with their duties in a timely fashion, each employee has a stopwatch with an alarm.
Idea Exchange: A wag-proof tail protector
To help heal and protect a patient's tail when it is being banged against the cage wall, cut a section of foam pipe insulator to size and secure it to the tail with tape or elastic.
Idea Exchange: A quick tip for intubating small patients
To intubate our small patients, we use a polypropylene urinary catheter as a stylet, extending beyond the end of the tracheal tube by ½ in.
Idea Exchange: D.I.Y. free-catch urine sample catcher
To make it easier to obtain free-catch urine samples, especially from low-squatting female dogs, we screwed a stainless steel ladle to the end of a broomstick.
Idea Exchange: Minimize catheter-pulling discomfort
To minimize discomfort, cut the tape holding a cat's catheter in place while the cat is still recovering from anesthesia.
Idea Exchange: A simple solution that prevents pulled hair
When muzzling a longhaired dog, place a paper towel over the back of its neck to prevent the hair from getting stuck in the buckle.
Mind Over Miller: Exercise your right to write prescriptions
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
Although doctors of veterinary medicine have the same prescription writing authority as physicians do, many practitioners infrequently write prescriptions. I wrote many during my practice career, and I want to share the reasons that I did so.

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