What veterinarians can learn from hummingbirds
September 28, 2022From the time of James Herriot to modern 24/7 practice, some aspects of veterinary medicine will never change. Then as now, we do not know what will walk in the door, what surgical skills will be required of us, what complicated treatments must be instituted, or what conclusions must be determined and deftly explained. This makes for interesting work days. Alas, performing at the ragged edge of ability, efficiency, performance, and limitation as we do, it is no overstatement to say we experience hard days.
Exploring alternatives to scruffing cats
September 27, 2022Scruffing refers to a restraining technique involving firmly grasping the loose skin of a cat’s back, located between the shoulder blades. While scruffing is often meant for safely controlling and settling a cat, research shows the contrary. The scruffing method is often counterproductive, causing many cats to resist or even fight back more aggressively than when alternative handling is performed.
Why treating CID is so complicated
September 26, 2022With pet owners increasingly opting to pursue treatment after a cancer diagnosis, the field of veterinary oncology sees consistent growth and investment into better cancer mitigation. As developments in cancer treatment continue, understanding adverse effects of these treatments is expanding. One such common effect is chemotherapy-induced diarrhea (CID) in dogs. While CID is likely already on every veterinary professional’s mind, knowing the specific impact of CID on canine patients’ health outcomes and potential treatment options is crucial for all who treat cancer or provide supportive care for dogs with CID.
Early detection key in hip dysplasia cases
September 26, 2022Puppies are born with normal hips, but changes associated with dysplasia can develop rapidly with earliest changes noted as soon as 30 days after birth. In developing puppies, joint incongruity or malalignment prevents normal development of the acetabulum and femoral head, perpetuating the development of dysplasia.
What can cause pet tooth resorption?
September 23, 2022The cause of tooth resorption likely resides in an environmental change or aspect of domestication that 1) has increased in popularity since the 1960s, and 2) is capable of causing changes to the entire periodontium of multiple, if not all, permanent teeth.
Spectrum of care: How it is helping vets be their best and ensure optimal patient health
September 23, 2022Consider presenting treatment options aligned with evidence-based medicine, respect for client finances, a do-no-harm approach, and a commitment to non-judgmental, transparent, and thorough owner education.