VETERINARY MEDICINE, Apr 1, 2010 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Apr 1, 2010
Features
Identifying the reasons behind difficult-to-control diabetes in dogs
By Audrey K. Cook, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA
Diabetes mellitus is a common endocrinopathy in canine practice, but successful patient management sometimes can be a challenge.
Reconstructive surgery techniques, Part 5: Walking sutures
By Steven F. Swaim, DVM, MS
Walking sutures are tension-type sutures that can be used to close large skin defects in areas where sufficient skin surrounds the wound that can be moved or stretched to close the wound.
Departments
Letters: A few clarifications on dystocia management
In the article "My approach to canine dystocia" in the December issue, Dr. Scott Shaw provided an experienced approach to dystocia management, but several points need clarification.
Leading Off: Bartonellosis: Clinical and diagnostic challenges
By Edward B. Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM
Since 1990, more than 22 Bartonella species have been described, of which at least half have been implicated or confirmed as animal or human pathogens.
Bartonellosis: What do we know? What can we do?
By Avi Blake, DVM
More and more, veterinarians are being asked to answer questions regarding potentially zoonotic diseases. When it comes to bartonellosis, the answers can be particularly tough to formulate because of the disease?s frequently vague or absent clinical signs and the difficulty in identifying and controlling the infection.
Just Ask the Expert: Is tooth extraction an acceptable treatment for aggression?
By Daniel T. Carmichael, DVM, DAVDC
I am caring for a 4-year-old Westie that has become aggressive. The owner has requested extraction of all four canines or euthanasia. What are your thoughts?
Why it's important to examine the entire radiographic image
By Julie Ekedahl, VMD, DACVR
A 2-year-old intact male Boston terrier was evaluated because of a recent onset of gagging and vomiting.
Idea Exchange: Keep cleanup simple with an E-collar
Using an ultrasonic scaler during dental procedures can get messy, especially with multiple extractions.
Idea Exchange: Easier ear medication distribution
Many otic medications require owners to blindly squeeze the bottle, leaving them unsure as to how much, if any, medication went into their pets' ears.
Idea Exchange: More ideas for plastic bags
To extend the life of timers used around the lab—where wet hands frequently touch them and they are sometimes accidently dropped into the sink—we place our timers in zippered plastic bags.
Idea Exchange: Simple protection against messes
We place gallon-size zippered plastic bags over our intravenous pumps, so they don't get diarrhea from patients with parvovirus infection or other contaminants on them.
Idea Exchange: Chill medication to eliminate sting
We use a fair amount of maropitant (Cerenia—Pfizer Animal Health) in our practice.
Mind Over Miller: Reminiscing: The Ventura County VMA
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
In 1958, after working for other veterinarians, I established my own practice in Ventura County, Calif. Ventura County is the size of some Eastern states.

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