VETERINARY MEDICINE, Apr 1, 2008 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Apr 1, 2008
Features
An update on anaplasmosis in dogs
By A. Rick Alleman, DVM, PhD, DABVP, DACVP , Heather L. Wamsley, DVM, DACVP
Canine anaplasmosis is caused by one of two gram-negative, obligate, intracellular bacterial agents, Anaplasma phagocytophilum or Anaplasma platys. Both types are likely spread by ticks and can occur worldwide.
Help! My dog licks everything
By Valarie V. Tynes, DVM, DACVB
A dog's constant, repetitive licking of objects or surfaces is a problem whose frequency is difficult to determine. This licking may occur often, but because it seems harmless and may only be somewhat annoying, many owners accept this unusual behavior or simply ignore it. However, some owners will inquire about it during a routine checkup and ask for advice.
Departments
Letters: Providing the right fluids in patients with hypernatremia
In the January 2008 issue, the article "Toxicology Brief: Sodium hypochlorite bleach ingestion in two dogs" states that lactated Ringer's solution was used to treat hypernatremia and hyperchloremia. It seems that a fluid such as dextrose 5% in water may be more appropriate, as well as something without sodium to replenish bicarbonate.
Letters: Our youngest reader
As an aspiring veterinarian, I spend a great deal of time reading your informative journal.
Letters: A heads up on ensuring adequate sterilization
In the item "A tip for laser tips" in the December 2007 "Idea Exchange," plastic needle covers are used as containers for sterilizing laser tips.
The Veterinary Medicine Interview: Dr. Barrak Pressler
By Barrak Pressler, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
This internist has a passion for teaching and sees great changes ahead in the realm of veterinary education. "The future of veterinary medicine lies in subcertification, meaning students being trained only in small-animal or large-animal medicine."
Idea Exchange: As seen on TV: Broadcast your patients' weight loss progress
We have adapted NBC's hit reality show "The Biggest Loser" for our canine patients.
Idea Exchange: Sometimes you can judge a bottle by its wrapping
We have always had trouble using ink to label the plastic bottles in our exam rooms and lab areas (e.g. alcohol, peroxide, lubricant).
Idea Exchange: Reduce soiled bedding by using a plastic liner
We keep the cages of our laterally recumbent patients heavily padded, but these patients are hard to keep dry and clean.
Idea Exchange: Use surgical gowns to support older or nonambulatory pets
We needed a way to support dogs that are nonambulatory or very weak in the hindlimbs, so I made slings by rolling up the main torso parts of old surgical gowns and wrapping them in Vetrap (3M).
Idea Exchange: Questioning owners about pets can be a happy distraction
Just before performing venipuncture in front of a patient's owner, I always ask the owner a question that will elicit a long answer.
Mind Over Miller: There go we all
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
The panel moderator acknowledged the elderly, silver-haired gentleman at the microphone. "It's a pleasure to have you with us again, Doctor." The old man, professor emeritus, famous veterinary surgeon, author of a text that was required reading for most members of the audience during their schooling, nodded, smiled, and waved his hand toward the stage.

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