VETERINARY MEDICINE, Jul 1, 2009 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Jul 1, 2009
Features
Newer options for medically managing refractory canine epilepsy
By Karen R. Muņana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (neurology)
Seizures are the most common neurologic problem encountered in small-animal practice.
Home care for cluster seizures
By Karen R. Muņana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (neurology)
In addition to new drug options for refractory canine epilepsy, consider home treatment of cluster seizures to alleviate the need for repeated, costly emergency veterinary care.
Inhalant therapy: Finding its place in small-animal practice
By Leah A. Cohn, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
The use of inhaled respiratory medications in dogs and cats is becoming more common.
Departments
Letters: Observations on Dr. Miller's fatherly advice
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
Good stuff in the "Fatherly advice" Mind Over Miller column (Veterinary Medicine, June 2009). As a 40-year-old, I would like to offer a different perspective.
Idea Exchange: Keep track of body cavity fluid by using a spray bottle
When performing a thoracentesis or abdominocentesis, it is easy to lose track of how many 60-ml syringes of fluid have been removed.
Idea Exchange: Don't shake that bottle; roll it instead
If you have difficulty mixing up amoxicillin, try this method.
Idea Exchange: How to modify a mouth gag
We modified our stainless steel mouth gags to reduce the pressure on the jaw and temporomandibular joint in small patients or patients with severe dental disease or osteopenia.
Use gauze to help reduce interference with pulse oximeter readings
Operating and fluorescent lights commonly interfere with the infrared light on pulse oximeters.
Idea Exchange: Use gauze to help keep pulse oximeter probes in place in exotic and wild animal
Treating nontraditional species, such as opossums, can create challenges in using equipment designed for domestic species.
Idea Exchange: A helping hand may increase parasite preventive compliance
Some pet owners are uncomfortable applying flea preventives to their pets.
Hot Literature: Updated guidelines for the optimal care of senior cats
As preventive medicine catches on and medical therapies improve, cats are living longer and longer.
Hot Literature: Everything you ever wanted to know about uroliths in dogs
An extensive article in a recent issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice presented the answers to 71 of the most common questions veterinarians, staff members, and clients might have about urolithiasis in dogs.
Hot Literature: A risky side to our attachment to pets?
These days, pets are allowed almost anywhere. A recent study took a preliminary look at whether this pet-owner closeness might result in the passage of zoonotic disease.
Toxicology Brief: Managing acute carprofen toxicosis in dogs and cats
By Donna Mensching, DVM, MS, DABVT, DABT , Petra A. Volmer, DVM, MS, DABVT, DABT
Carprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug of the propionic acid class, is commonly used in small-animal practice for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic properties.
Risk factors for carprofen toxicosis
By Donna Mensching, DVM, MS, DABVT, DABT , Petra A. Volmer, DVM, MS, DABVT, DABT
A variety of risk factors exist for carprofen toxicosis. Animals with any previous reaction to the drug are at risk.
Mind Over Miller: Beyond the fireworks
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
It is July. The only national holiday this month comes on the fourth of the month. It's called Independence Day. But we don't often say that.

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