VETERINARY MEDICINE, Feb 1, 2005 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Feb 1, 2005
Features
Answering your questions: Adult-onset neurodegenerative diseases in dogs and cats
By Natasha Olby, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM (neurology)
Neurodegenerative diseases in dogs and cats can result from a wide variety of pathologic processes.
Skills Laboratory, Part 1: Performing a neurologic examination
By Veronique Sammut, DVM, DACVIM (neurology)
Many veterinarians are uncomfortable when facing a patient with a neurologic problem. However, by taking the time to obtain a good, detailed history and by doing a methodical and thorough neurologic examination, these cases can be both challenging and interesting.
Skills Laboratory, Part 2: Interpreting the results of a neurologic examination
By Veronique Sammut, DVM, DACVIM (neurology)
In this article, I help you correctly interpret the findings of a neurologic evaluation in order to answer the most important question when dealing with a neurologic problem: Where is the lesion?
Departments
Editors' Guest: Prophy on!
By Philip VanVranken, DVM
As many of you are aware, February is national pet dental health month. In the past few years, many of us have ratcheted up our dental care skills, yet I often feel we still don't always do all the dental procedures our patients need.
An Interview with... Dr. Stephen J. Ettinger
How often have you said, "Look it up in Ettinger's?" Dr. Stephen J. Ettinger co-edited the renowned Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, now in its sixth edition. An internist and cardiologist, he practices at California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles.
On the Forefront: Cardiac cellular transplantation: A future treatment for heart disease?
By Mark A. Oyama, DVM, DACVIM (cardiology)
CCT aims to replace lost cardiomyocytes with progenitor cells capable of growing into new cardiac-like tissue.
Dermatology Challenge: Self-mutilation and over-grooming in a Siamese cat
By Karen A. Moriello, DVM, DACVD
A 2-year-old intact male Siamese cat was presented to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine's Dermatology Service for evaluation of self-mutilation and psychogenic licking of the forelimbs and abdomen.
Dental Corner: How to detect and treat feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions
By Daniel T. Carmichael, DVM, DAVDC
Tooth resorption is the most common dental problem in cats, with studies worldwide showing a prevalence rate (in cats presented for dental problems) of up to 75%.
Exotic-Animal Puzzler: What caused this cockatiel's temporomandibular rigidity?
By Neil Allison, DVM, DACVP , Alice Smith, BS
Four cockatiel fledglings from two clutches owned by the same breeder were reported to have developed temporomandibular rigidity at about 5 weeks of age.
Idea Exchange: Preserving red blood cells (an antiquated idea from 1945)
Ten percent corn syrup in distilled water preserves red blood cells for as long as 60 days and is more satisfactory than solutions of sodium chloride, which preserved the cells but five days.
Idea Exchange: Use an ice cream scoop for better portion control
We serve canned dog food with a rigid ice cream scoop.
Idea Exchange: A pet snare with little assembly required
When I first started practice in 1952 after graduating from the University of Illinois, I was equipment deficient, so I made an animal snare out of a 1/2-in copper tube, a lamp cord, and three O rings from a dog's choke chain.
Idea Exchange: Never forget about samples again
If we have blood or other samples that need to go to an outside laboratory for analysis, we put a colored, laminated card in our cash drawer.
Idea Exchange: Make diagnostic tests a sweet treat
For esophageal radiography, barium-soaked marshmallows work better to outline the esophagus than plain barium or barium mixed with food.
Idea Exchange: Cleaning up the world one carrier at a time
We have many clients who bring their pets in for appointments in carriers that are soiled.
Mind Over Miller: Remembering Dr. Wayne O. Kester
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
Dr. Miller shares his personal recollections of this important veterinary leader.

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