VETERINARY MEDICINE, Dec 1, 2008 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Dec 1, 2008
Features
Diagnosing and treating IMHA
By Nicole Shaw, DVM, DACVIM , Karyn Harrell, DVM, DACVIM
A careful diagnostic process will help you determine whether your veterinary patients will require long-term immunosuppressive therapy.
Why do dogs and cats eat grass?
By Benjamin L. Hart, DVM, PhD, DACVB
Dogs and cats are often observed eating grass and other plants of no apparent value.
CVC 2008 Highlights: Managing atypical and critical cases of Addison's disease in dogs
By David S. Bruyette, DVM, DACVIM
Two things you may not know about canine Addison's disease: A history of weight loss or hypoglycemia may precede the typical electrolyte abnormalities, and DOCP can be administered immediately in dogs that may be having an addisonian crisis.
Behaviors suggestive of postoperative pain in cats
By Sheilah A. Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, DACVA, DECVA, CVA, MRCVS
Our understanding and treatment of pain in cats has lagged behind that in dogs.
CVC 2008 Highlights: What to consider when considering digital radiography
By Victor T. Rendano Jr., VMD, MSc, DACVR, DACVR-RO
We are in the digital age! Demand for conventional processors and film-screen radiographic equipment is decreasing.
CVC 2008 Highlights: Avoid common bandaging mistakes in dogs and cats
By Jayce Lineberger, DVM
The way you initially treat a wound and apply a bandage is crucial, even if some time has passed since the injury occurred. Apply these tips to allow healing to progress unimpeded.
Departments
Thanking Our Valued Reviewers
Peer review is essential to ensuring the quality and integrity of the articles that appear in Veterinary Medicine and are posted on its Web site. Every manuscript submitted to the journal is reviewed by at least two acknowledged experts, usually specialists, on the paper's topic.
Letters: More support for the physical exam
Bravo to Dr. David Robbins for his article in the October 2008 issue titled "Leading Off: Why the physical exam is still really necessary." I could not agree with him more.
Letters: Behavior information that is fit to be shared
I read with great interest and admiration Dr. Valarie Tynes' article "10 life-threatening behavior myths" in the September 2008 issue of Veterinary Medicine.
Letters: After all these years, Dr. Miller has still got it
I am writing to thank you for your continued inclusion of "Mind Over Miller" in every issue of Veterinary Medicine. I always read his column--it's the principal reason I subscribe.
Early screening and the role of DARthroplasty as an intervention in young dogs with hip dysplasia
By David Luck, DVM
For too long, many veterinarians who have diagnosed hip dysplasia in young patients have informed the owners that the consequences will have to be dealt with later in life, when signs of osteoarthritis develop.
What's the significance of Mycoplasma species in the urogenital tract?
By Margaret V. Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD, DACT
While there is some evidence of Mycoplasma species infection associated with vaginitis and pregnancy loss in bitches and poor semen quality in male dogs, studies have demonstrated that Mycoplasma species are as likely to be cultured in samples from healthy animals as they are to be cultured in samples from animals with reproductive tract disease.
Idea Exchange: Everyone needs a little help from friends
We once had a cluster of renal failure patients that received maintenance fluids twice a week. We scheduled all the patients at the same time, and the clients became a support group.
Idea Exchange: Keep a muzzle on without any muscle
To prevent a difficult dog from removing its muzzle during an exam, I thread one of the muzzle straps under the dog's collar and then snap the muzzle clip closed.
Idea Exchange: Hamper self-inflicted trauma with a hobble
A patient we were treating for extensive burns over its shoulders and back was using its hindlimbs to scratch the wound, making it worse.
Idea Exchange: A leash trick so your patients don't disappear
We've all seen dogs with big necks and small heads get loose by slipping their collars over their heads.
Idea Exchange: Help clients practice dental home care
When discussing dental procedures and home care with a client before a dental appointment, I give the client an OraVet (Merial) brochure with a packet of swabs and an insert on how to introduce the swabs to pets.
Mind Over Miller: The ghosts of Christmas past
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
I will never forget Christmas in Germany after the most horrible war in history was over.

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