VETERINARY MEDICINE, May 1, 2005 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, May 1, 2005
Features
Understanding and recognizing cancer pain in dogs and cats
By Louis-Philippe de Lorimier, DVM, DACVIM (oncology) , Timothy M. Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (internal medicine, oncology)
Pain negatively affects quality of life as well as many important physiological functions, so controlling it in all patients should be a top priority.
Treating cancer pain in dogs and cats
By Louis-Philippe de Lorimier, DVM, DACVIM (oncology) , Timothy M. Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (internal medicine, oncology)
Recent publications, ongoing prospective studies, and better knowledge of the available therapeutic options should provide the necessary framework for appropriate pain management in cancer-bearing pets.
Raisins and grapes: Potentially lethal treats for dogs
By Brandy Porterpan, DVM
In this article, I describe the grape-raisin syndrome in dogs and review the basic steps in treating the most life-threatening aspect of this toxicosis?acute renal failure.
Departments
Editors' Note: The other half of the equation
By Margaret Rampey
As you know, medicine is only half the equation in your workday life. To practice good medicine, you must also practice good management--and both require a team effort.
An Interview with... Dr. Michael J. Blackwell
In 1999, retired Rear Adm. Blackwell made history as the first veterinarian to be appointed chief of staff for the Office of the Surgeon General. His professional accomplishments, which span private practice, public health, and education, exemplify the varied and vital roles of veterinarians in society. He now serves as dean of the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine.
Clinical Exposures: A perinephric pseudocyst in a cat
By Becky L. Morrow, DVM
An 11-year-old 14.5 lb (6.6 kg) castrated male domestic shorthaired cat was presented for evaulation of a progressively distended abdomen.
Dental Corner: How to perform a nonsurgical extraction
By Daniel T. Carmichael, DVM, DAVDC
A dental extraction should be considered an end-stage procedure. When teeth are salvageable, we can go to great lengths to avoid extraction. Unfortunately, in many cases extraction is advisable and necessary.
Idea Exchange: Don't waste therapeutic shampoo
Most therapeutic shampoos don't spread well.
Idea Exchange: Recycling old sweatpants
We use hot-water bottles to provide comfort to our patients while they are in the hospital.
Idea Exchange: The cat can't get out of the bag
A laundry bag designed for washing delicate linens is great for bathing cats in.
Idea Exchange: Keep track of counted pills
When inventorying large quantities of medication, we use the cell counter to keep track of the number of pills we've counted.
Idea Exchange: Soap for the dog's bath (an antiquated idea from 1946)
Now that soap is scarce, making your own in profitable.
Idea Exchange: Give dogs the backdoor treatment
To treat dogs reluctant to be medicated, I take them by the door used to let dogs outside.
Idea Exchange: Developmental handouts keep clients informed
Borrowing an idea from my pediatrician, I give my clients with puppies and kittens handouts at each wellness visit.
Mind Over Miller: Seniors: Lose weight without exercising and grow your hair back!
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
I was thrilled when the FDA cracked down on supplements containing ephedra last year, the first such action against a supplement. Although the recent overturning of the ban in Utah by a federal court is disappointing, I still hope the FDA's decision will pave the way for an industry gone amuck.

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