VETERINARY MEDICINE, Dec 1, 2009 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Dec 1, 2009
Features
Early puppy socialization classes: risks vs. benefits
Veterinarians with extensive experience discuss the risks versus the benefits of early puppy socialization in a roundtable format.
Skills Laboratory: Reconstructive surgery techniques, Part 4: Full-thickness mesh skin grafts
By Steven F. Swaim, DVM, MS
A full-thickness mesh graft is a sheet of skin that includes only the epidermis and the entire dermis and is fenestrated to allow for expansion and drainage.
CVC Highlight: Managing cats with nonobstructive idiopathic interstitial cystitis
By Dennis Chew, DVM, DACVIM , Tony Buffington, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVN
A typical cat with idiopathic cystitis is 1 to 10 years old, lives indoors with people, uses a litter box, and consumes 75% or more of its diet in dry food.
CVC Highlight: Alleviating cancer pain: A case study
By Louis-Philippe de Lorimier, DVM, DACVIM (oncology)
Certain cases of cancer may respond well to conservative analgesic therapy initially but eventually require multimodal analgesia.
CVC Highlight: The pruritic dog: Practice tips to make your life easier
By Paul Bloom, DVM, DACVD, DABVP
Dermatologic disease is one of the most common reasons owners bring their dogs to the veterinarian.
CVC Highlight: My approach to canine dystocia
By Scott Shaw, DVM, DACVECC
Unlike many veterinarians, I breed dogs, so I have experience in breeding and whelping puppies.
Departments
Letters: Inappropriate
Dr. Miller's harsh criticism of socialized healthcare, as based on two personal events in England spanning the past 30 years, was narrow-minded and myopic.
Letters: Experience with both systems
In response to Dr. Miller's column "Don't socialize medicine" (October 2009), I think I'm in a better position to share my experience about health systems.
Letters: Dr. Miller responds
I've gotten more complaints about my October 2009 column, "Don't socialize medicine," than anything I've ever written.
Letters: Bad medicine is just bad medicine
Dr. Miller's "Don't socialize medicine" anecdotes describe shortcomings due to poor training, slothful attitudes, and mismanagement, which we have no shortage of here in America.
Letters: I'm not impressed
In "Don't socialize medicine," Dr. Miller talks about how his wife had to wait three days in England to see an ophthalmologist.
Letters: For many, affordable insurance is an oxymoron
Many insured Americans can't afford co-pays or prescriptions.
Fizz out dirty centrifuges
We use a sugar solution to centrifuge fecal samples; sometimes the solution spills, making quite a mess.
How to generate a warm-air blanket
Our practice created a warm-air blanket by using a grooming dryer and attaching a Styrofoam box over the air outflow.
Create personalized emergency drug sheets
For every anesthetic procedure or critically ill patient hospitalized, we have an emergency drug sheet pertaining to that particular case.
How to perfectly position tomcats
I found an easy way to make a small, lightweight, affordable, and portable tomcat castration positioner.
Mind Over Miller: Stuck in security
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
A poem on the joys of airport security.

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