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Setting the Pace: Veterinary Cardiologists Strive to Make Pacemaker Implantation Accessible

COLORADO RESIDENTS BOONLONG NG AND WING CHAU rescued their gray tabby, Fatball, when they were on vacation in 1998 and found a starving kitten in the desert. For 15 years, Fatball followed them everywhere, almost like a dog, and liked cuddling on the couch. So in March when he soiled the bed and had a seizure, they immediately sought emergency veterinary help. “She told us Fatball had an AV heart block and he could basically die at any time,” Chau said. “We were really shocked.”...

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AAHA Anesthesia Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

Safe and effective anesthesia of dogs and cats relies on preanesthetic patient assessment and preparation. Patients should be premedicated with drugs that provide sedation and analgesia prior to anesthetic induction with drugs that allow endotracheal intubation. Maintenance is typically with a volatile anesthetic such as isoflurane or sevoflurane delivered via an endotracheal tube. In addition, local anesthetic nerve blocks; epidural administration of opioids; and constant-rate infusions of...

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2014 AAFP-AAHA Basic Guidelines for Judicious Therapeutic Use of Antimicrobials

The Basic Guidelines to Judicious Therapeutic Use of Antimicrobials in companion animals are designed to provide information to aid practicing veterinarians in choosing appropriate antimicrobial therapy to best serve their patients and to help minimize the development of antimicrobial resistance. Available for download below are the Principles of Judicious Therapeutic Use of Antimicrobials, adopted as a framework document for the recommended guidelines developed for companion animals....

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Pet Nutrition Alliance unveils suite of free nutrition tools for veterinary professionals

The Pet Nutrition Alliance is bringing nutrition tools to the veterinary professional with the launch of a new go-to website for credible pet nutrition resources.The new website, the first of its kind go-to resource for credible pet nutrition information, was revealed Jan. 19 at the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) conference in Orlando, Fla.Veterinary professionals know that proper nutrition plays a crucial role in keeping a pet happy and healthy. Good nutrition...

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Partners for Healthy Pets unveils campaign to boost annual checkup numbers

During the 2013 AVMA Annual Convention in Chicago, Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) revealed its ambitious public information campaign to help veterinarians communicate the value of preventive care to pet owners, which will result in increased annual checkups and overall healthier pets.Partners for Healthy Pets, a coalition that includes AAHA, the AVMA, and more than 90 organizations across all levels of the veterinary profession, also will mount a consumer-facing campaign to educate...

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Partners for Healthy Pets reports elicit concern, optimism over preventive care statistics

When a glass is half-empty, it’s also half-full. So let’s fill it up.That’s the outlook among veterinary leaders following disappointing news that the profession has made little progress – and some lost ground – since 2010, despite a concerted, widespread effort to promote companion animal preventive care.Veterinary professionals are getting the message about preventive care, but it seems to be lost on pet owners, according to a report by Partners for Healthy Pets. The report, “Reverse the...

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Home Hospice: Practice ventures into “the gray area”

“THROUGH ALL OF THE YEARS I’VE PRACTICED, I’ve always felt there was a missing piece—a gap—in veterinary care,” says Cindy Houlihan, DVM, owner of the Cat Practice in Birmingham, Mich. “Traditionally, our profession has offered two extremes. One was to do everything we could, which almost always involved aggressive treatments or surgeries. The other extreme was euthanasia. There really wasn’t much in the middle, that gray area. “Our hospice program has reaffirmed for me that we...

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Spreading the Word on Hospice Care: Services are growing, but clients may not be aware

Pain management, massage therapy, sitter referrals, and family counseling are among the services offered by veterinary practices focusing on end-of-life care, an emerging field described by the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) as “exploding.” In spite of the increased number of these practices, many of them mobile, members of the public tend to be confused about them, if they are aware of them at all. Perhaps this should come as no surprise, given...

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Urinary Tract Disease in Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

Urinary tract disease is a common presentation in both rabbits and guinea pigs, especially urolithiasis and renal insufficiency or failure. The kidneys of both rabbits and rodents are uniquely unipapillate. Clinical signs of urinary tract disease in both species include loss of appetite, anorexia, depression, weight loss, polydipsia, polyuria, dehydration, anuria, stranguria, dysuria, hematuria, pyuria, urinary incontinence, and urine scalding. The same principles of diagnosis apply to these...

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Gastrointestinal Stasis or Not? Diagnostic Approach

Gastrointestinal stasis is a frequently occurring illness in rabbits. It is a lot less common in guinea pigs. The animals attract attention due to anorexia, lack of defecation, a painful abdomen, and in advanced cases an extremely impaired state of health with lowered body temperature and decreased skin turgor. Causes for this may be an overloading of the stomach, bezoars, absorbed foreign bodies, gastrointestinal or extraintestinal tumors, or a paralytic ileus. In order to decide whether it...

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