VETERINARY MEDICINE, Mar 1, 2005 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, Mar 1, 2005
Features
Self-directed behaviors in dogs and cats
By Vint Virga, DVM, DACVB
Although the prevalence of self-directed behaviors is not well-documented in dogs or cats, it is likely underappreciated because animals are not typically presented for evaluation of such behaviors unless the clients think their pets are manifesting a behavior problem or some degree of injury as a consequence of the behavior.
A challenging case: A collie with acute neurologic signs
By Peter J. Lotsikas, DVM , John H. Rossmeisl Jr., DVM, MS, DACVIM (internal medicine and neurology)
A 3-year-old 77-lb (35-kg) neutered male collie was presented to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine for evaluation of an acute onset of progressive ataxia, tetraparesis, a single tonic-clonic seizure, vomiting, and ptyalism.
Departments
Editors' Note: Words of wisdom
By Margaret Rampey
Is there a leader you'd like us to interview? Perhaps an admired teacher, mentor, or colleague?
Letters: Product misidentified in study
The article published by Strauss et al. in the January 2005 edition of Veterinary Medicine refers to the use of a product—trade name Sanova—for the treatment of otitis externa infections in dogs caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Correction: The efficacy of an acidified sodium chlorite solution to treat canine Pseudomonas aeruginosa otitis externa
By Tim B. Strauss, DVM, DACVD , Tricia M. McKeever, MS, PhD , Patrick J. McKeever, MS, DVM, DACVD
The article "The efficacy of an acidified sodium chlorite solution to treat canine Pseudomonas aeruginosa otitis externa" in the January 2005 issue, the cleanser evaluated in the study was misidentified as Sanova (Alcide Corporation), an FDA-approved antimicrobial used in food processing.
An Interview with... Drs. Jerry and Nancy Jaax
Although best known for helping to stop the spread of an Ebola virus outbreak in a laboratory in Reston, Va., as recounted in The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, retired U.S. Army colonels Jerry and Nancy Jaax have returned to Kansas State University, where they met, married, and earned their veterinary degrees. Both are internationally recognized experts on infectious diseases and high-hazard chemical and biological agents.
Practical Matters: Artificial tears are vital in treating dry eye
By J. Daniel Brogdon, DVM, MS, DACVO
Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), or dry eye, is a painful condition in which tear production is decreased or absent and the cornea becomes dry and irritated. If the condition is left untreated, loss of vision can result.
Practical Matters: Topical atropine: An overused medication
By Cynthia S. Cook, DVM, PhD, DACVO
Atropine is a strong parasympathetic blocking agent. When applied topically, it causes pupillary dilatation that may last several days. Topical atropine should be administered only when this degree of pupillary dilatation is desired, which is not often.
Practical Matters: Consider immunohistochemistry when identifying tumors
By Kevin A. Hahn, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (oncology)
Comparing the microscopic features of tumor cells with their normal cellular counterparts is the key to diagnosing a neoplastic disease.
Clinical Exposures: Intervertebral disk disease in a dog with agenesis of a cervical vertebra
By Stephanie A. Lister, DVM, MSc , Bradley R. Coolman, DVM, MS, DACVS , Roy A. Coolman, DVM
A 65-lb (29.5-kg) 6-year-old spayed female Doberman pinscher was presented for evaluation of a one-month history of progressive left forelimb lameness.
Endoscopy Brief: Treating osteochondritis dissecans of the stifle with arthroscopic surgery
By Timothy C. McCarthy, DVM, PhD, DACVS
A 7-month-old intact male Labrador retriever was presented for evaluation of a two-week history of left hindlimb lameness.
On the Forefront: Studying the effects of polyethylene glycol in dogs with acute spinal cord injuries
By Karen L. Kline, DVM, MS, DACVIM (neurology)
If you know of an eligible candidate, Iowa State University will be accepting dogs into the study beginning in March 2005.
Idea Exchange: Shower caps keep dental patients dry
To prevent our dental prophylaxis patients from looking like wet mops, we place disposable plastic shower caps on them.
Idea Exchange: Color-coded instruments
We use colored zip strips, usually used for securing wire or cabling, to mark our cold-tray instruments.
Idea Exchange: Dosage calendars help clients comply
For medicines that do not have consistent dosages (e.g. tapering prednisone), we create a dosage calendar for clients.
Idea Exchange: Restraining difficult cats
To help restrain fractious cats, use a bathmat.
Idea Exchange: Show clients your appreciation
In my practice, we give clients a different thank-you gift each month.
Idea Exchange: Keep your stoppers from sticking (an antiquated idea from 1910)
Don't forget to moisten your glass stoppers with glycerine, the hygroscopic property of which will keep them from sticking in the bottle.
Idea Exchange: Pamper your staff
As a small luxury, I provide scented hand soap, lotion, and ring cleaner at the staff sink.
Mind Over Miller: Hypochondria, here we come!
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
It occurs to me as I lie here suffering an attack of viral gastroenteritis, popularly known as the California crud, that we are becoming a nation of hypochondriacs.

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