VETERINARY MEDICINE, May 1, 2006 - Veterinary Medicine
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VETERINARY MEDICINE, May 1, 2006
Features
Symposium on liver function
By Johanna Cooper, DVM
Hepatobiliary disease is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in small-animal practice. Several factors, however, complicate the clinical detection of liver disease.
The diagnostic approach to asymptomatic dogs with elevated liverenzyme activities
By Johanna Cooper, DVM , Cynthia R.L. Webster, DVM, DACVIM
This review provides general guidelines for the diagnostic approach to an asymptomatic dog with elevated liver enzyme activities so that needless tests are not performed and clinically important liver disease is not missed.
Identifying and helping cats with inflammatory hepatobiliarydisease
By Johanna Cooper, DVM , Cynthia R.L. Webster, DVM, DACVIM
Feline inflammatory hepatobiliary disease is the second most common cause of liver disease in cats, with hepatic lipidosis being the most common.
How to perform a surgical hepatic biopsy
By Diana Burger, BS , Amie Carrier, BS , Karen M. Tobias, DVM, MS, DACVS
In patients with known or suspected liver disease, obtaining a biopsy sample is often indicated. This article features guidance on when and how to perform a surgical hepatic biopsy.
Departments
Editors' Guest: Are you current on your vaccines?
By Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVPM (honorary)
On March 1, 2006, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) released the second iteration of the Canine Vaccine Guidelines, which includes a number of important updates and additions to the initial version published just three years ago.
An Interview with... Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little
Veterinarians should not be lackadaisical about science, says this rehabilitation specialist and orthopedics professor and researcher. "We should be more critical about the benefits of current and novel therapies and never rely on anecdotes and vague reports."
Suggested Reading: Which insulin should I choose now that my
By David S. Bruyette, DVM, DACVIM
On Dec. 31, 2005, Eli Lilly discontinued four of its insulin products: Humulin L Lente insulin, Humulin U Ultralente insulin, Regular Iletin II pork insulin, and NPH Iletin II pork insulin. Our challenges are to switch patients currently receiving these products to comparable insulin preparations and to change our treatment approach in newly diagnosed diabetes mellitus cases.
Research Update: Is surgery best for massive hepatocellular carcinoma in dogs?
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this retrospective study from a veterinary teaching hospital, the medical records of 48 dogs treated for massive hepatocellular carcinoma were reviewed to determine clinical features and prognostic factors.
Research Update: Thoracoscopy: A viable treatment of lung tumors in dogs
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this retrospective study from a veterinary teaching hospital, nine dogs with lung tumors were treated with thoracoscopic lung lobectomy.
Research Update: Surgically treating cruciate ligament rupture in cats
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this retrospective study from a veterinary clinic in Regina, Saskatchewan, 17 cases of feline cranial cruciate ligament injury treated between 1997 and 2004 are described.
Research Update: The utility of ultrasonography to detect brachial plexus tumors in dogs
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this retrospective study from a university teaching hospital, five dogs with progressive, unilateral forelimb lameness and neurologic deficits having undergone ultrasonographic evaluation of the brachial plexus region were described.
Research Update: Determining the significance of blood chemistry changes in dogs with GI foreign bodies
By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS
In this retrospective study from a veterinary teaching hospital, the medical records of 138 dogs (1997-2000) with a surgically removed gastrointestinal (GI) foreign body were reviewed to determine whether acid-base or electrolyte abnormalities were related to the site or type of foreign body.
Idea Exchange: Just give it a little squeeze
We pierce holes in the lids of the rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide containers with a 16-ga needle, allowing us to squirt the fluid straight from the bottle to wherever we need it.
Idea Exchange: Keep your tube balances close at hand
A great way to keep your red top and urine tube balances handy is by fastening the gray foam that comes with the LaserCyte Hematology Analyzer (IDEXX) refill reagent pack next to your centrifuge.
Idea Exchange: Use pillowcases to keep towels clean and lint-free
To prevent lint and hair from collecting on surgical towels, we wash and dry the towels in a zippered pillowcase.
Idea Exchange: The cheesiest trick in the book
To trick cats into taking pills, I use Easy Cheese (Kraft). I make a line of cheese, then a dot, then another line.
Idea Exchange: A beautiful bouquet of pens
Pens were disappearing from our front desk at an alarming rate, so my receptionist attached bright silk flowers to the end of all the pens with florist tape.
Idea Exchange: Administering eardrops with a syringe is easier
Instead of having owners administer eardrops into their dogs' ears directly from the bottle and count the drops as they go, we give them a tuberculin syringe to use.
Idea Exchange: Give grieving clients more than a cardboard box
When a euthanized pet will be going home with its owners, we put the pet in a blank, white cardboard coffin.
Mind Over Miller: Honoring my mother
By Robert M. Miller, DVM
As I age, my mother is on my mind more frequently, and I realize how profoundly she shaped my life.

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