VETERINARY MEDICINE, Mar 1, 2010 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Mar 1, 2010
Features
Discovering the reasons underlying difficult-to-control diabetes in cats
By Audrey K. Cook, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA
Cats with diabetes can be challenging to monitor and treat because of the complex pathophysiology of the disease and cats' propensity for stress-related hyperglycemia.
Special Section: Zoonosis and Parasites
Pets, people, and pathogens: Emerging diseases
By Cathy Lund, DVM
Dr. Cathy Lund discusses how building bridges between the two fields will help to strengthen primary care for both animals and humans.
Just Ask the Expert: Feline heartworm disease
By Michael Paul, DVM
CAPC executive director Dr. Michael Paul addresses questions about heartworm disease in cats.
ClinQuiz: Tick particulars
By Susan E. Little, DVM, PhD, DEVPC
Test your knowledge of ticks and tick-borne diseases with this short quiz.
Hot Literature: Flea and tick control is changing. Are you?
By Avi Blake, DVM
In an article recently published in Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, Drs. Byron Blagburn and Michael Dryden provide a comprehensive overview of flea and tick biology, treatment, and control.
Bartonellosis: An emerging and potentially hidden epidemic?
By Edward B. Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM
Of all known organisms, 61% are zoonotic, and of the emerging pathogens, the vast majority are zoonotic organisms.
An MD and DVM Q&A with Dr. Breitschwerdt
By Edward B. Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt provides insight into his bartonellosis research.
Understanding viral zoonoses: H1N1 influenza
By Steven Opal, MD
Influenza is a zoonotic infection that holds especially high interest of late, although it has been a subject of great fascination for microbiologists for a long time.
An MD and DVM Q&A with Dr. Opal
By Steven Opal, MD
Dr. Steven Opal answers your questions about the flu and kids, cats, and more
Departments
Leading Off: Guidelines make managing canine heart disease more clear-cut
By Bruce W. Keene, DVM, MSc, DACVIM
These guidelines provide a framework for veterinarians to think about diagnostic strategies to screen for the presence of valvular disease.
Hot Literature: New guidelines for diagnosing and treating chronic valvular heart disease in dogs
By Avi Blake, DVM
To more objectively categorize patients and to complement the current classification system, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Specialty of Cardiology consensus panel has developed a set of guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of CVHD.
Clinical Exposures: Palpebral reconstruction after entropion surgery in a dog
By Juliet R. Gionfriddo, DVM, MS, DACVO , Julie Yeager, DVM
A 9-year-old 46.2-lb (21-kg) spayed female mixed-breed dog was presented to the ophthalmology service at Colorado State University for evaluation of incisional infection and delayed healing after bilateral entropion surgery.
Idea Exchange: A cheap and easy way to collect urine
We use the caps from syringe casings as a false litter for cats that we need to collect urine from.
Idea Exchange: Two tips for drawing blood
When performing tests that require three drops of blood (heartworm or FeLV/FIV tests), we use a standard U-100 insulin syringe to draw 15 units of blood, the equivalent of three drops.
Idea Exchange: Use plastic bags to keep microchip scanners congestion-free
To protect our microchip scanners from contagions, we cover the scanners with laboratory sample bags or zippered quart-size plastic bags before scanning our patients.
Idea Exchange: Local anesthetic blocks: one clinic's protocol
For our local anesthetic blocks, we use a combination of lidocaine (quick onset, short duration) and bupivacaine (slow onset, long duration) with or without buprenorphine (acts at peripheral opioid receptors).
Mind Over Miller: A tribute to an old dog
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
My neighbor's old dog is an inspiration.
Correction: Canine and feline pemphigus foliaceus
A triamcinolone dosage is corrected.

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