VETERINARY MEDICINE, May 1, 2009 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, May 1, 2009
Features
Canine blastomycosis: A review and update on diagnosis and treatment
By M. Casey Gaunt, DVM , Susan M. Taylor, DVM, DACVIM
Blastomycosis is a systemic fungal infection caused by the dimorphic fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis. The infective form of the organism, the mycelial phase, is most likely to be found in sandy, acidic soil near bodies of fresh water.
Skills Laboratory: Reconstructive surgery techniques, Part 1: Presutures for skin stretching
By Steven F. Swaim, DVM, MS
Presutures are Lembert sutures placed in healthy skin on either side of a lesion. Placed several hours before the lesion is debrided or excised, these sutures stretch the skin around the lesion.
Abdominal effusion in a dog
By Mark D. Dunbar, DVM , A. Rick Alleman, DVM, PhD, DABVP, DACVP
Leakage of intestinal contents and a common contrast medium into a dog's abdominal cavity proved to be a fatal combination.
Departments
Leading Off: CAPC heads west to spread its parasite control message
By Michael Paul, DVM
Well, it's that time again. Time for summer fun, for summer vacation, and for the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) Educational Road Show to hit the road again.
Just Ask the Expert: NSAIDs and tumor suppression
By Timothy M. Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (internal medicine, oncology)
Do any NSAIDs besides piroxicam suppress the growth of some cancers in dogs?
Idea Exchange: Put out the trashcan and clean Rex's ears
When I tell clients to clean their pets' ears, give medications, or perform other procedures twice a week, I tell them to do it on garbage-pick-up days, which are Tuesdays and Fridays in our area.
Idea Exchange: Quizzes are a fun way to educate clients
We recently started having clients complete a "Test Your Knowledge" quiz while in an exam room. The quizzes are usually 12 questions on a specific topic.
Idea Exchange: Help cat owners hide pills when medicating cats
We all know that cats are difficult to pill. Here at Spring Mill Veterinary Hospital, we have our own method.
Idea Exchange: Secure tubes in a handcrafted lab rack
To keep blood sample vials from rolling off the counter, I built attractive wooden lab racks for each exam room.
Idea Exchange: A tip for placing transcutaneous stay sutures
I commonly place transcutaneous stay sutures in critically ill patients to secure nasoesophageal tubes, nasal oxygen tubes, or urinary catheters.
The most prevalent diseases and major causes of death in retired racing greyhounds
By Erika Meler, DVM, MS , Barrak Pressler, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Retired racing greyhounds have become increasingly popular pets, but only sparse information regarding disease prevalence in this subset of dogs has been reported.
Research Updates: Antigen and antibody tests for diagnosing and monitoring blastomycosis in dogs
By Erika Meler, DVM, MS , Barrak Pressler, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
The study discussed here demonstrates that enzyme immunoassay detection of B. dermatitidis antigen is a valuable addition to the arsenal of diagnostic tests.
The effect of phenobarbital on serum triglyceride concentrations in epileptic dogs
By Erika Meler, DVM, MS , Barrak Pressler, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
This study demonstrates that epileptic dogs treated with phenobarbital alone or in combination with potassium bromide are more likely to be hypertriglyceridemic.
Mind Over Miller: 50 years of snow and CE
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
One day in 1959, I saw an ad about a CE conference for physicians being held at a ski resort in Sun Valley, Idaho. "Hey," I thought. "Why can't we do that?"
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How to place presutures for skin stretching
How to place presutures for skin stretching

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