Michael W. Dryden, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVM


The role of wildlife in the expansion of tick populations in eastern North America

Numerous factors have contributed to the increased range of these parasites

Kevin M. Quinley


Is your insurance agent a good catch?

Use this four-question litmus test to decide whether you're settling for so-so service.

Linda Randall, DVM, Dipl. ABVP


Developing individualized vaccine protocols for your practice

Developing vaccination protocols for cats and dogs used to seem like an exercise in futility. But now that the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have each published vaccination guidelines for these species the exercise has become more rewarding because practitioners can now use this information as a benchmark to tailor a specific program for each patient.

Andrew G. Lang, DVM


Choosing and using vaccines in the animal shelter

The principles involved in designing a vaccination program for the animal shelter are the same general principles behind any disease prevention program. The difference is in the relative importance of various concepts as they pertain to the shelter population and environment.

Stephen Waisglass, BSc, DVM, MRCVS, CertSAD, DACVD


The CSI approach to pruritic pets: interviewing the witnesses (owners) before assessing a crime scene (skin) (Proceedings)

The skin is the largest organ of the body and, in the view of many practitioners, it often accounts for the largest number of headaches. One would expect that since the skin is so easy to visualize, a diagnosis should be an easy task when compared with other, more hidden body organs. The problem is that many skin conditions have the same clinical presentation.

Jay Albretsen, DVM, PhD, DABT, DABVT


Toxicology Brief: The toxicity of iron, an essential element

Iron is the most abundant trace mineral in the body and is an essential element in most biological systems.

Douglas Jack, LL.B.


The veterinarian's role in dealing with unlawful practice (Proceedings)

The license to practice veterinary medicine is a privilege that is extended to only those that are qualified by way of formal education and training to competently provide the necessary services.

Thomas W. Koenig, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)


Dental case reviews: Interactive review of interesting cases (Proceedings)

Malocclusions need to be recognized early to prevent damage to the maxillary palate.

Steven Mensack, VMD, DACVECC


Parvovirus-therapeutic options (Proceedings)

Canine Parvovirus (CPV) is a family of viruses that cause vomiting, hemorrhagic diarrhea, and leukopenia. The virus can infect dogs of any age but, because of effective client education and early, aggressive vaccination protocols, is commonly noted in dogs less than 1 year of age.

Scott Linick, DVM, FAVD


Client handout: Bad breath (halitosis) in pets

Download this PDF of a client handout on halitosis in pets, and help get your clients onboard with preventive oral care.

Carney Jackson, DACVP, DACVPM


Fostering cooperation: my experience on the Kentucky National Guard Agriculture Development Team, Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan: August 2009-June 2010 (Proceedings)

The Kentucky Agriculture Development Team was tasked to implement an agricultural strategy for provinces (including) Bamyan, Kapisa, Panjshir and Parwan. We provided direction and focus of agriculture resources. Our effort was to increase agricultural sector jobs and productivity.

Carlo Vitale, DVM, DACVD


Fleas: They are happiest at home

The adult cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is a ubiquitous, enterprising and persevering insect. The cat flea is the most dominant, competitive and most common flea associated with domesticated animals today.

Joan R. Coates, DVM, DACVIM (neurology)


Dilemmas of degenerative lumbosacral syndrome (Proceedings)

Degenerative lumbosacral syndrome (DLSS) poses diagnostic and treatment dilemmas for the veterinary practitioner.

Julie Gurnon


Buying and selling essentials (Sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health)

Whether you're planning to purchase an equine practice, or sell one, you're embarking on a journey that will lead to one of the biggest milestones in your veterinary career. So where do you start? Right here, by keeping these essential tips in mind as you travel toward practice ownership or sale.

Laurie Bergman, VMD, DACVB


Bringing home baby: Introducing a pet to your new arrival (PDF)

Before a baby arrives, expectant parents should prepare their pets for the new family member and furnishings.

Stephanie Skernivitz


Study indicates that dogs may harbor, transmit human norovirus

Canines can carry norovirus--a primary cause of gastroenteritis and of diarrheal disease in humans.

Vivian Jamieson, DVM, Dipl. ACVO


Giving in can be part of giving

This doctor learned communication is a two-way street. And meeting this small dog in the middle made all the difference in the world.

Elizabeth Trotta


Quit waiting around for no-shows

You'd much rather be working with clients and pets than thumb-twiddling or standing around dreaming about services you could be rendering. So use these tips to cut back on no-shows and get back to business.

Nivia I. Mart?nez, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM


Hypertension in canine hyperadrenocorticism more common than previously thought

Canine hyperadrenocorticism (HAC) is a common condition seen most frequently in middle aged to older dogs. The clinical signs and physical examination findings characteristic for the condition include polyuria, polydipsia, polyphagia, abdominal distension, hepatomegaly and dermatologic changes such as bilaterally symmetrical alopecia. Affected dogs are prone to develop complications from the hypercortisolemia such as pyoderma, urinary tract infections, diabetes mellitus, proteinuric renal disease, and pulmonary thromboembolism.

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