VETERINARY MEDICINE, Oct 1, 2010 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Oct 1, 2010
Special section
How should I approach a discolored tooth?
By Daniel T. Carmichael, DVM, DAVDC
Our dentistry expert Dr. Daniel T. Carmichael answers this reader question.
Just Ask the Expert: How do you treat conjunctival infections?
By Juliet R. Gionfriddo, DVM, MS, DACVO
Treating the primary cause is indicated in most conjunctivitis cases.
Just Ask the Expert: What is a normal Schirmer tear test result?
By Juliet R. Gionfriddo, DVM, MS, DACVO
Most sources state that the reference range of Schirmer tear test values is 15 to 20 mm/min in most species.
Just Ask the Expert: Is this patient cushingoid?
By David S. Bruyette, DVM, DACVIM
It is unlikely the low-dose prednisone treatment is resulting in the panting the owner is reporting.
What is the lifespan of hyperthyroid cats?
By David S. Bruyette, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. David Bruyette answers this reader question.
Just Ask the Expert: Am I using skin staples for wound closure correctly?
By Steven F. Swaim, DVM, MS
The primary advantage staples provide over sutures is rapid closure.
Is human IgG a viable treatment for IMHA?
By Christopher G. Byers, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM (small animal internal medicine)
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) therapy has been used in a variety of autoimmune disorders in people for more than two decades. Comparatively, the use of IVIg in veterinary species is rare.
Just Ask the Expert: How do you treat cats with intestinal lymphoma?
By Timothy M. Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (internal medicine, oncology)
Treatment of feline intestinal lymphoma requires instituting systemic chemotherapy, with or without surgical resection of focal intestinal lesions.
Are antihistamines effective in canine atopy?
By Paul Bloom, DVM, DACVD, DABVP
Veterinary dermatologist Dr. Paul Bloom gives his thoughts on this reader question.
Just Ask the Expert: How do you combat acral lick dermatitis?
By Ian B. Spiegel, VMD, MHS, DACVD
The main concern with this condition is a secondary bacterial folliculitis and furunculosis. The infection often requires six to 12 weeks of oral antibiotic therapy.
Just Ask the Expert: How do you handle proteinuria?
By Jennifer L. Garcia, DVM, DACVIM
Protein can show up on a routine urinalysis for a variety of reasons.
What fecal analysis method do you use?
By Joyce S. Knoll, VMD, PhD, DACVP
Dr. Joyce Knoll provides her advice for this reader query.
Procedure for centrifugal fecal flotation
By Joyce S. Knoll, VMD, PhD, DACVP
A quick step-by-step to performing this procedure.
Recipe for Sheather's sucrose solution
By Joyce S. Knoll, VMD, PhD, DACVP
How to prepare this solution for use in fecal centrifugal fecal flotation.
What role does genetics play in a pet's temperament?
By Valarie V. Tynes, DVM, DACVB
Dr. Valarie V. Tynes discusses how a great deal of research over the years has clearly demonstrated that many behavioral traits have a genetic basis in both dogs and cats.
How do you detect Physaloptera species eggs?
By Kevin R. Kazacos, DVM, PhD
Dr. Kevin Kazacos helps you pinpoint this parasite.
Features
An update on blood typing, crossmatching, and doing no harm in transfusing dogs and cats
By Linda M. Vap, DVM, DACVP
Seven blood types are recognized in dogs, and four blood types are identified in cats.
Departments
Mind Over Miller: Peanut memories
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
I wish I had known about the peanut butter trick before I retired. I learned too late that dogs will accept a lot of medication if it is disguised in peanut butter.
The AAHA diabetes guidelines: An inside look
By Audrey K. Cook, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA
Dr. Audrey Cook explains how the new guidelines were created.
Does FIV play a role in the development of CKD in cats?
By Erika Meler, DVM, MS , Barrak Pressler, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
This study suggests that testing for FIV infection should be part of the diagnostic evaluation in young or middle-aged cats with CKD.
Idea Exchange: Warm towels keep patients—and staff—cozy after surgery
When we use a circulating warm-water blanket under a surgical patient, we lay a clean towel under the blanket.
Idea Exchange: Use IV catheters to unblock cats
In cats that are difficult to unblock, we use the soft portion of a 22-ga intravenous catheter and sterile saline solution in a 3-ml Luer lock syringe.
Idea Exchange: Prevent sutures from irritating eyes
When suturing after a wedge resection from an eyelid margin, it can be challenging to keep the suture ends from irritating the eye.
Wrap up centrifuges to keep them clean
Find out how to avoid a sticky mess from sugar flotation solution.
Idea Exchange: Getting ear bandages to stay in place
I've found bandaging an ear after an ear hematoma repair to be a challenge.

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