SDMA testing key to better kidney diagnoses
January 31, 2023A robust kidney evaluation—from juvenile to geriatric—should include all reliable screening diagnostics. In addition to creatinine (CREA) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN), symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) testing now plays an increasingly important role in diagnostics.
Tips on clinical sonography to improve the practice
January 24, 2023Today’s technology offers a vast array of image quality advancements, workflows, and techniques. These machines have competitive factors that play a role in any ultrasound implementation on any given patient. Moreover, ultrasound has become extremely available in clinics.
Hookworms are becoming resistant to treatment—what now?
December 22, 2022Hookworm cases are on the rise, not just in the South, where warm and humid conditions provide a perfect environment for them. In 2018, the prevalence of hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum) was just four percent in dogs across the country. Three years prior, it was only two percent, meaning, it had risen by almost 50 percent in that period.
Implementing consensual touch for better patient care
December 22, 2022For many years, working with animals in veterinary medicine was performed with a “get the job done” mindset. Restraint methods were primarily used to meet our own needs, get tasks done, treat patients, and keep all humans safe by avoiding bites or scratches. Minimal effort or consideration was put into how these techniques may feel for our patients.
It’s time to put diagnostic tests to the test
August 11, 2022All too often, companies develop and promote diagnostic tests in the veterinary field with no reasonable evidence that using them will benefit patients. Given the lack of meaningful regulation in this area, completely useless tests based on pseudoscience are freely sold to vets and pet owners. Even tests that work as claimed may become widespread well before there is evidence to believe their use will improve patient outcomes.