What You Need to Know About Parvo

Originally published in the November 2015 issue of Veterinary Practice News. Did you enjoy this article? Then subscribe today! 

Despite a widely available parvovirus vaccine, periodic outbreaks of the deadly disease continue. Experts say this is due in large part to animals not being vaccinated fully, or being vaccinated at the wrong time.

Those are the top two reasons that general practitioners …

Why there is much to learn about cannabis, cancer

The search for plant-based cancer cures turns up exciting prospects such as curcumin (from the Indian spice turmeric) and medicinal mushrooms from Asia. Scientific research is highlighting myriad mechanisms of each of these promising plants, finding pro-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing benefits.

How to Remove Stubborn Tooth Roots

Originally published in the November 2015 issue of Veterinary Practice News. Enjoyed this article? Then subscribe today! 

What comes to mind when you hear that dreaded crack during extraction of a firmly rooted tooth? Do colorful expletives flow from your mouth like water from a faucet? Does your heart sink deeper into your chest?

I once felt this way when I …

A Deep Look at Basics of Wound Care

Originally published in the November 2015 issue of Veterinary Practice News. Enjoyed this article? Then subscribe today! 

Here’s the advice many veterinary specialists offer in dealing with animals’ wounds: Look deeper.

While a wound itself may call for immediate attention, beneath the damaged tissue may lurk a deeper injury, or a rampant infection lying in wait in an area …

Got a spinal cord injury? Get acupuncture!

This past July, the National Institutes of Health released a report outlining results from a study showing how non-invasive electrical stimulation of the low back restored some function in men with complete motor paralysis.

How to Repair Non-Invasive Jaw Fracture

Originally published in the October 2015 issue of Veterinary Practice News. Enjoyed this article? Then subscribe today! 

I recently had the opportunity to teach at the AOVET craniomaxillofacial trauma and reconstruction course in Las Vegas. This is one of my favorite CE courses because it brings together veterinary dentists, veterinary surgeons, seasoned general practitioners and a human oral and …

The latest on cannabis and hemp for pets

While sales staffs in marijuana dispensaries seem to serve as de facto guides to the medicinal preparations, most workers at the counter possess neither a medical or veterinary background nor license to practice.

A Veterinary Practitioner's Guide to Dental Burs

Originally published in the September 2015 issue of Veterinary Practice News.

When it comes to extraction of firmly rooted teeth in dogs and cats, the high-speed hand piece is the most efficient tool for the job. It is used to remove bone lateral to the roots and to section multirooted teeth so that individual crown-root segments may be removed as if they were single-rooted teeth.

The high-speed hand …

Essential Oils for Pets?

Whiskey is a tough dog. Born in Cairo in 2010, he was taken from his mother when he was 4- or 5-weeks old. He and brothers and sisters were taken to a pet store the size of a supply closet, in a 115-degree heat wave, with no windows or air conditioning. Instead of mother’s milk, he was fed processed cheese and bologna of questionable provenance by the teenaged boys charged with running the store for the absent …

Why Homeopathy Can Look Flaky to Conventionally Trained Vets

Editor’s note: A recent Veterinary Practice News column critical of veterinary homeopathy prompted Dr. Leonard to offer to explain the modality in terms that conventional vets “can understand without eyes glazing over.” This is her article. 

Originally published in September 2015 issue of Veterinary Practice News.

Have you ever gotten to the end of your figurative conventional veterinary rope in diagnosing or treating a patient? Have …