VETERINARY MEDICINE, May 1, 2010 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, May 1, 2010
Features
Recognizing and treating pericardial disease
By Mark D. Olcott, DVM , Meg M. Sleeper, VMD, DACVIM (cardiology)
Pericardial disease in small animals is relatively uncommon, but its presence may be life-threatening.
How to remove pericardial effusion
By Mark D. Olcott, DVM , Meg M. Sleeper, VMD, DACVIM (cardiology)
Removing pericardial effusion is important from both a diagnostic and a therapeutic standpoint.
Skills Laboratory: Reconstructive surgery techniques, Part 6: Rotation skin flaps
By Steven F. Swaim, DVM, MS
Rotation skin flaps are circle-shaped flaps that are useful in closing triangular skin defects in which skin for closure is only available on one side of the defect.
Departments
Hot Literature: Troponin 1 indicates cardiac disease severity in dogs
By Avi Blake, DVM
Correlating the progression or severity of disease with a specific biologic substance can greatly influence the ability to predict outcome.
Just Ask the Expert: Transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder and piroxicam
By Timothy M. Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (internal medicine, oncology)
Does piroxicam have any effect in cats with transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder?
Research Updates: A simple blood smear as a diagnostic test to predict death secondary to heatstroke in dogs?
By Erika Meler, DVM, MS , Barrak Pressler, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
A number of prognostic factors for survival of dogs with heatstroke have been reported.
Research Updates: Common disorders associated with aspiration pneumonia in dogs, and the influence of underlying disease or thoracic radiograph findings on patient survival
By Erika Meler, DVM, MS , Barrak Pressler, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Although aspiration pneumonia is a common clinical diagnosis in dogs, studies on the causes, diagnostic findings, and outcome of affected dogs are sparse.
Research Updates: Should veterinarians emphasize the risk of intestinal nematodiasis based on patient signalment and geographic location?
By Erika Meler, DVM, MS , Barrak Pressler, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Although intestinal parasitism in pet dogs is not uncommon, the relative distribution and frequency of the most common intestinal parasites (Toxocara, Ancylostoma, and Trichuris species) in various geographic regions of the United States have not been extensively studied.
Idea Exchange: A cool way to get a blood sample from unruly patients
When we need a blood sample from a patient that is difficult to restrain, we have good results by briefly numbing the skin before venipuncture.
Idea Exchange: Use heating pads to warm IV fluids
When presented with patients with severely decreased body temperatures, we often have trouble warming the IV fluid bags safely and keeping them warm.
Idea Exchange: Simple solution for a prickly problem
When pulling porcupine quills out of unlucky patients, I find it helpful to place the discarded quills in a small bowl of water lined with a paper towel.
Idea Exchange: E-collars work on limbs, too
To prevent medium to large dogs with cephalic IV catheters from chewing or licking the catheter or T piece, we place a small Elizabethan collar on the dog's forelimb.
Premeasure food to keep portions appropriate
How Dr. Kenneth Cohn helps encourage a healthy weight in pets.
Idea Exchange: Keep your hands off the face mask
To make anesthesia masks hands-free, I create two small holes nearly opposite each other on the clear plastic mask.
Mind Over Miller: A German intern's adventures in America
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
For 25 years, my group practice had an internship program, hiring new graduates from veterinary schools in the United States and abroad.

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