VETERINARY MEDICINE, Jan 1, 2009 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Jan 1, 2009
Features
How to make a soaker-type catheter
By Christine Egger, DVM, MVSc, DACVA , Lydia Love, DVM
Use sterile scissors to remove the tip of a red rubber catheter proximal to the large hole at the distal end, cutting the catheter to the desired length.
Local and regional anesthesia techniques, Part 1: Overview and five simple techniques
By Christine Egger, DVM, MVSc, DACVA , Lydia Love, DVM
Add these 5 techniques to your clinical toolbox to help lessen your patients' pain.
A modified subconjunctival enucleation technique in dogs and cats
By Robert L. Swinger, DVM , Karl A. Schmidt Jr., DVM, DACVO , Susan M. Carastro, DVM, MS, DACVO
Globe removal is indicated in patients with blind, painful eyes or patients with nonresectable intraocular tumors.
Departments
Leading Off: Prevention: Fight obesity
By Steven C. Budsberg, DVM, MS, DACVS
Our efforts to halt the growing obesity problem appear to have had little effect.
Letters: Our profession's identity crisis
As I look for a direction for my practice, should I be looking to the Mayo Clinic or Wal-Mart?
Letters: A medical history and physical exam resource
It was with great interest that I read "Leading Off: Why the physical exam is still really necessary" by colleague David Robbins in the October 2008 issue of Veterinary Medicine.
Research Updates: Using a scrotal mesh graft to repair degloving injuries
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
The results of this study provide support for various treatment strategies based on clinical presentation, owner finances, and the clinician's competency.
Histologic prognostic factors for feline osteosarcoma
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
From this report, histologic analysis of tissues in cats with osteosarcoma will aid clinicians in providing a prognosis for owners, especially if incomplete surgical resection (unclean margins) occurs.
Is hypotonic water effective as an adjuvant therapy for canine mast cell tumors?
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
This study's design limited the biases (nonrandomized patient population, complete tumor resection) inherent in previous studies that showed a decrease in mast cell tumor recurrence in dogs after deionized water injection and surgery.
Examining the risk factors for anesthetic-related deaths
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
This study reviews cases from numerous clinics and evaluates newer sedatives and anesthetics.
Idea Exchange: Increase fecal compliance with prepayment
We keep fecal containers marked with prepaid labels on hand. We offer these containers to clients who have forgotten to bring fecal samples to their pets' annual visit, and we charge them for the fecal examination at that time.
Idea Exchange: Reduce costs and waste by reusing syringe caps
When we use allergy syringes (BD) in the hospital, we save the gray caps because they fit the 1-ml Metacam (Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica) oral dosing syringes.
Idea Exchange: Skin scrape without the blade
To prevent accidental lacerations during a skin scrape, I use a stainless steel microspatula with a flat-ended blade (Fisher Scientific).
Idea Exchange: A visible reminder to remove that gauze
To absorb water during a dental procedure, we place gauze around the endotracheal tube.
Idea Exchange: A greener use for refrigerator magnets
Over the years, I have received many promotional magnets. Rather than throwing them away, I reuse these magnets by copying the lists that used to be attached to the refrigerator door to card stock and taping or gluing the lists to the magnets.
Mind Over Miller: Some versatility required
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
It was easy to write fascinating true stories because I had an unusual practice. It was, I am sure, the most mixed of all mixed-animal practices.
Research Updates: Spinal fractures and luxations: Most common causes, most common outcomes
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
The results of this study provide support for various treatment strategies based on clinical presentation, owner finances, and the clinician's competency.

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