VETERINARY MEDICINE, Dec 1, 2010 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Dec 1, 2010
Features
How I assess postsurgical pain in cats
By Mark E. Epstein, DVM, DABVP, CVPP
Dr. Mark Epstein gives his thoughts on feline pain management.
A quick Q&A on feline vaccine site-associated sarcomas
By W. Mark Cousins, DVM, DABVP (feline practice)
Some recommendations regarding vaccination and reducing the risk of vaccine site-associated sarcoma.
Why you should worry about your patients with proteinuria
By Gregory F. Grauer, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Don't be quick to dismiss that positive protein result on a urine dipstick test.
Rethinking the causes of canine aggression
By Ellen M. Lindell, VMD, DACVB
The term dominance-related aggression is not only simplistic but is often inaccurate.
My approach to an NSAID washout period in dogs
By Butch KuKanich, DVM, PhD, DACVCP
Veterinary pharmacologist Dr. Butch KuKanich gives his thoughts.
CVC Highlight: Busting two common opioid myths
By Butch KuKanich, DVM, PhD, DACVCP
Let go of these popular misconceptions about opioid use in veterinary patients.
Departments
Do glucosamine-based chondroprotective agents affect fructosamine monitoring in diabetic dogs?
By Erika Meler, DVM, MS , Barrak Pressler, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
This study demonstrated that short-term administration of glucosamine-chondroitin sulfate does not significantly affect serum fructosamine concentrations in healthy dogs.
Just Ask the Expert: What frequency of immunotherapy works for your patients?
By Ian B. Spiegel, VMD, MHS, DACVD
Intradermal testing and allergen-specific immunotherapy have worked well for my patients.
How should I treat a dog that is allergic to only house dust mites?
By Ian B. Spiegel, VMD, MHS, DACVD
Advice from veterinary dermatologist Dr. Ian Spiegel.
How can I obtain optimal results from skin bacterial cultures?
By Paul Bloom, DVM, DACVD, DABVP
Dr. Paul Bloom reviews the recommended protocol for successful bacterial culture of skin and, in particular, skin biopsies.
Just Ask the Expert: What blood pressure values should I be concerned about?
By Jennifer L. Garcia, DVM, DACVIM
References vary regarding normal canine and feline blood pressure values obtained in the hospital. What numbers do you use?
How do you manage ceruminous otitis in cats?
By Paul Bloom, DVM, DACVD, DABVP
Veterinary dermatologist Dr. Paul Bloom discusses how he handles these cases.
Have You Heard? Azotemia in cats? No crystal ball needed (script)
In this study, researchers in the United Kingdom aimed to identify clinical predictors of azotemia development in older healthy cats.
Have You Heard? Atopy affects more than just the skin (script)
Beyond itching and scratching, atopic dermatitis negatively affects both pets and owners.
Have You Heard? Getting a leash on visceral leishmaniasis (script)
Revisiting this intracellular parasite of dogs and humans may be a good idea.
Have You Heard? Stop! Don't kiss that frog! (script)
Many people are familiar with the risk of salmonellosis associated with turtles, but a recent multistate outbreak of human Salmonella typhimurium infections has been linked to African dwarf frogs, a common aquatic pet.
Idea Exchange: Treat patients to exam room treats
We use Greenies Pill Pockets (Nutro Products) in all of our exam rooms.
Idea Exchange: Deodorize anal gland odor
If you wipe a small amount of Speed Stick (Colgate-Palmolive) deodorant on a piece of gauze and then place the gauze on the anal gland area after expression, the smell disappears.
Idea Exchange: Syringe cases control tangled cords
Manage excess equipment cords and tame cord tangles with 12-, 20-, 35-, or 60-ml syringe cases.
Idea Exchange: Wrap intravenous catheters in red as visual reminder
We wrap red Vetrap (3M) around placed intravenous catheters and wrap other colors of Vetrap around regular bandages.
Idea Exchange: Pipe insulation keeps fluids flowing
We have found that placing pipe insulation around patients' legs keeps them extended without causing sores or discomfort.
The Late Show, with Dr. Miller
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
Dr. Robert Miller makes a special appearance with Dave Letterman.

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