Janean Fidel, DVM, MS, DACVR (radiation oncology), DACVIM (oncology)


Practical Matters: Importance of thoracic radiography in patients with cancer

One might be tempted to say that a tumor that rarely spreads to the lungs does not require thoracic radiography, but I cannot think of any instance in a cancer patient's work-up in which looking at the thorax is unnecessary.

Elke Rudloff, DVM, DACVECC


Practical Matters: Prudent NSAID use helps prevent adverse effects

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are effective analgesics but, in rare cases, can cause serious side effects.

Jennifer L. Wardlaw, DVM, MS, DACVS


Dr. Jennifer Wardlaw: Big risks, big rewards

I made a scary life choice to start my own concierge practiceand I've never been happier. Here's are four tips I've learned along the way.



6 mistakes to avoid in the veterinary ER

And if you cant remember any of them in the heat of the moment, focus on this: perfusion, perfusion, perfusion.

Ross H. Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS


Symposium on canine orthopedics: Introduction

Veterinary medicine is a rapidly evolving field, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the practice of canine orthopedics.

Tanya Elmore


Make time to share

Would you ever guess your technician plays the trombone or your receptionist owns the world's largest stuffed cat collection?

Sharon L. Crowell-Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVB


Benzodiazepines: pros and cons (Proceedings)

Used to treat anxiety and phobias in all species and treat behavioral disorders in which anxiety is a contributing factor.

Stan Rubin, DVM, MS, DACVIM (small animal internal medicine)


Practical Matters: Setting the stage for successful referrals

It is a big decision for both you and your client to refer your patient to a university or other specialty practice for further workup or tertiary care.

Stephanie Kube, DVM, DACVIM, CCRT, CVPP


Rehabilitating canine veterinary patients after neurosurgery

Veterinarians at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute find that early rehab for pain management, along with at-home exercises, are key to postoperative success.

Angela Lennox, DVM, DABVP


Behavior as part of history collection and physical examination (Proceedings)

Most avian practitioners and many owners understand the importance of yearly physical examination for disease prevention and care of the physical health of the bird.

Karen L. Kline, DVM, MS, DACVIM (neurology)


On the Forefront: Studying the effects of polyethylene glycol in dogs with acute spinal cord injuries

If you know of an eligible candidate, Iowa State University will be accepting dogs into the study beginning in March 2005.

Warren Resell, DVM


A well-kept secret

How one hospital design winner surprised his family with the big news.

Jason Palm


Put yourself in your clients' shoes

If you're not careful, the hustle and bustle of the day could distract you from communicating your deep caring for clients' pets. To avoid this pitfall, Dr. Jason Palm, of Hiawassee Veterinary Clinic in Orlando, Fla., imagines that every pet he examines is his own.

Lynn Guptill, DVM, PhD, DACVIM


Caring for pets belonging to immunocompromised clients (Proceedings)

Increasing numbers of human beings are immunocompromised as a result of illness or the use of immunosuppressive drugs, and it is estimated that at least 30% to 40% of immunocompromised patients own companion animals.

Corine Farewell


Lend me an ear

Listen patiently to what your clients have to say even though you might believe it is wrong or irrelevant.

Ellen N. Behrend, VMD, MS, PhD, DACVIM


CVC Highlight: 8 tips to make life easier for owners of diabetic cats

Owning a diabetic cat gave this internist additional insights into how best to manage diabetic cats at home.

Douglas H. Thamm, VMD, DACVIM (oncology)


Cancer cytology (Proceedings)

While cytology does not give the practitioner the same amount of information as histopathology does, it can provide important information that is rapidly available, inexpensive, and minimally invasive. Cytology can provide important information that can change how subsequent treatment and diagnostics take place.

Steve Dullard, DVM


Address gripes with considerate dialogue

This is an idea we use in our veterinary hospital whenever the chorus of complaints rise from staff and doctor. It is a good way to address complaints, such as, "The instruments need cleaning, and two people are standing around doing nothing."

Andrew Mackin, BVSc, BVMS, MVS, DVSc, DSAM, FACVSc, DACV


Approach to the anemic patient (Proceedings)

Anemia is most simply characterized by reduced numbers of erythrocytes and/or decreased erythrocyte hemoglobin content.

Cecelia Soares, DVM


Timing evaluations

Is it better to schedule performance reviews during regular office hours or after hours, when I know we won't be interrupted?



Pain assessment and management strategies (Proceedings)

Pain is defined as an aversive sensory and emotional experience.

Andrew Hillier, BVSc, MACVSc, DACVD


Treatment of Pseudomonas otitis in the dog (Sponsored by Pfizer)

Otitis externa is a common presenting problem in clinical practice. In chronic cases, the infection frequently extends to the middle ear. While multiple factors contribute to otitis development and subsequent secondary infections, the organisms found most often in affected ears include Staphylococcus species, Malassezia pachydermatis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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