VETERINARY MEDICINE, Nov 1, 2004 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Nov 1, 2004
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Examining the pathogenesis of feline hyperthyroidism
By David S. Bruyette, DVM, DACVIM
Since it was first documented in 1979, hyperthyroidism has become increasingly more common in cats.
Choosing the best tests to diagnose feline hyperthyroidism
By David S. Bruyette, DVM, DACVIM
In this article, I describe the most common clinical signs and physical examination findings in hyperthyroid cats. I also review the available diagnostic methods, including their advantages and disadvantages.
The options for treating feline hyperthyroidism
By David S. Bruyette, DVM, DACVIM
The options for treating feline hyperthyroidism include surgery, medical therapy, and radioiodine therapy.
A challenging case: A febrile dog with a swollen tarsus and multiple skin lesions
By Elisabeth C. Snead, DVM , Carrie Lavers, DVM , Paul Hanna, DVM, MSc, DACVP
A 9-month-old neutered male Labrador retriever was referred to the Small Animal Teaching Hospital of the University of Prince Edward Island for evaluation of a one-week history of pyrexia, a markedly swollen right tarsus, pronounced submandibular lymphadenopathy, and progressive pustular to erosive, nonpruritic, crusting skin lesions.
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Dermatology Challenge: Acutely pruritic eruptions on a dog's extremities and trunk
By Karen A. Moriello, DVM, DACVD
A 1-year-old 66-lb (30-kg) intact male Labrador retriever was presented to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine's Dermatology Service for evaluation of severe pruritus and skin eruptions on its trunk and distal extremities.
Practical Matters: An abnormal capnograph reading may also signal anesthetic system malfunction
By John R. Dodam, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVA
Capnographs are noninvasive monitoring tools used to estimate arterial carbon dioxide tension in anesthetized patients by sampling the patients' expired air.
Practical Matters: Completely stage dogs with lymphoma to select therapy and help determine the prognosis
By Kevin A. Hahn, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (oncology)
Selecting appropriate chemotherapy protocols and successfully treating dogs with lymphoma require complete clinical staging of the disease.
Toxicology Brief: Kalanchoe species poisoning in pets
By Geof Smith, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Kalanchoe is a genus of 150 to 200 plant species, most of which are native to southern Africa, Madagascar, and Australia.
Idea Exchange: A variation of the acetate tape method
Instead of using regular acetate tape strips to collect samples to help diagnose Malassezia dermatitis, use packing tape.
Idea Exchange: An easier way to resect stenotic nares
We use a biopsy punch when we resect stenotic nares.
Idea Exchange: With blood samples, it's all a matter of timing
To ensure that our blood samples are allowed to clot for the recommended time yet are still centrifuged on time, we attach timers to the syringe cases.
Idea Exchange: Help clients administer meds properly
To increase medicine administration compliance (especially long-term), offer owners day-of-the-week medicine containers and pill splitters, if needed.
Idea Exchange: Help patients stay warm during dentals
Unless thermal support is provided, dental patients--many of them older pets--can become hypothermic, which can deepen anesthesia and prolong blood clotting time.
Idea Exchange: Tag traveling pets
Encourage clients going on cross-country trips to place a luggage tag with local information on their pets' collars, so if the pets are found, local residents can get in touch with the owners.
Mind Over Miller: Ah, the Electronic Age
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
Long before my father was born, the world must have marveled at the steam engine.

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