David Luck, DVM


Practical Matters: Early screening and the role of DARthroplasty as an intervention in young dogs with hip dysplasia

For too long, many veterinarians who have diagnosed hip dysplasia in young patients have informed the owners that the consequences will have to be dealt with later in life, when signs of osteoarthritis develop.

Barbara C. McCullough


Respecting a client's wishes

I received a copy of this first issue of your magazine. Thank you very much. I read it cover to cover and found lots of useful information in it. I plan to have each staff member read it also.

Marilyn Moats Kennedy


Generation management

We often hear baby boomer veterinarians grumble in their microbrews about the independent attitudes of thirty-something colleagues and even younger employees.

David C. Twedt, DVM, DACVIM


What to tell clients about cats' chronic diarrhea

Cat owners need to know all hope is not lost.

David J. Polzin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM


11 guidelines for conservatively treating chronic kidney disease

To provide optimal treatment for dogs and cats with chronic kidney disease, you'll need to thoroughly evaluate the animal and diligently monitor the natural course of the disease as well as the patient's response to intervention.

Becky McGraw, CVT


Home sweet hospital

Patients and clients feel at home at Colorado Canine Orthopedics in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Tannaz Amalsadvala, B.V.Sc. & A.H., MS


Paw tissues unique; injuries need special care, attention

Dr. Tannaz Amalsadvala focuses on some of the more common paw pad injuries seen in practice as she discusess treatment options for paw pad abrasions and lacerations.

Kelli Copeland


Every pet's a star

Pets at VCA Tanglewood Animal Hospital in Austin, Texas, don't need to be the next Bark Pitt or Catty Holmes to receive star treatment.



Update on heavy metals toxicity (Proceedings)

Lead-based paints, lead-based gasoline, solder, combustion residues, caulking compounds, improperly glazed pottery, batteries, buck-shots, sewage sludge, some canned commercial dog foods, electronic wastes, etc.

Stephanie Pepper


Shedding the pounds

East Hilliard Veterinary Services in Hilliard, Ohio, started a pet weight-loss plan in October 2003. "Pets on the program have lost more than 525 pounds, with 35 pets reaching their goal weight," says Client Relations Specialist Stephanie Pepper.

Amy Beth Dambeck, JD


Craft the perfect covenant: Evaluating non-compete clauses and other restrictive contract agreements

Whether you're a business owner or associate, don't get sewn up in an ill-fitting restrictive covenant.

Joanne Bowman, RVT


Count pets in case of evacuation

After they count the cash register and prepare for the next day's appointments, team members at Cottonwood Animal Hospital in Ottawa, Kan., count the tails of boarding pets.

Jean Weaver


In case of emergency, contact ...

Is your practice ready for a disaster? Even when your team members and patients are safe, fires and tornadoes may destroy critical records that help you match pets with their owners.

Edward B. Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM


Leading Off: Bartonellosis: Clinical and diagnostic challenges

Since 1990, more than 22 Bartonella species have been described, of which at least half have been implicated or confirmed as animal or human pathogens.

Sarah Babcock, DVM, JD


Give me a break

Q: Is our doctor legally required to provide us with a break room?

M. Joseph Bojrab, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS


Surgery of the tracheal collapse (Proceedings)

The upper airway distress syndrome is composed of thee individual conditions that cause animals to have moderate to sever inspiratory dypnea.

Hany Youssef, BVSc, DVM, MS


Toxicology Brief: Cycad toxicosis in dogs

Cycad toxicosis has been described in people and many animals, including dogs, sheep, and cattle. In this article, I focus on the clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment of cycad toxicosis in dogs.

Cynthia Stubbs, DVM, DACVIM


The diabetic cat (Proceedings)

Is the feline diabetic patient every veterinarian's nightmare? Since diabetes mellitus is one of the most common endocrinopathies in cats, it is likely you will face this disease many times in your veterinary career.

Sherri J. Ross, DVM, PhD, DACVIM


Fluid therapy 101 (Proceedings)

Fluid therapy is one of the most important aspects of patient management in veterinary medicine. It is however, important to realize that fluid therapy is a supportive measure and the underlying disease process that lead to aberrations in water, electrolyte and acid-base status must be identified and treated.

Terri Bonenberger, DVM, DACVD


Case 12 The case of an increasingly itchy dog

Wyatt has a history of seasonal atopic dermatitis, but he has become progressively more pruritic over the past few weeks. Review all the details of Wyatt's case and help him overcome the itch.

Peter Fisher, DVM


Be back soon: How to take a sabbatical from your veterinary practice

If a three-day weekend or short vacation isn't easing the stress of practice life, you may need more. Here's how one veterinarian found professional renewal through a two-month sabbatical.

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