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Utilizing Blood Film Evaluation as Part of the Clinical Database

The Web conference will focus on a direct approach on blood films that will help to evaluate a patient’s stability, develop clinical diagnostic problem list that will help identify the patient’s concern, and generate treatment options. Participants will learn how to submit excised masses in order to maximize the reliability of information obtained from histopathology, and will learn to identify when therapies such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy should be recommended for canine...

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Using Kirby’s Rule of 20 to Create Nursing Plans

The Rule of 20 is a list of 20 monitoring parameters to evaluate daily in critical patients. This list can be used to create nursing plans for each patient to ensure that nursing care is at its highest standard possible. Patients who are critical can often have some of these parameters missed, as the cases may be difficult, burdensome or overwhelming. But creating a nursing plan streamlines care and allows technicians not only to participate more closely in the patient care, but also assist...

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The WWW's of WBC's: Wonderful, Wicked World

In this course Brandy Sprunger-Helewa, CVT, RVT, VTS (ECC), AAS, discusses the life cycle of all five types of white blood cells, while also briefly touching on how leukocytes play a part in immunology. Morphologic and pathologic differences in each leukocyte type will be discussed, as well as how these changes occur in relation to toxins, disease processes, environmental factors and medications.Created and produced by VetFolio with educational funding provided by Hill's.

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The Life of RBC's & Platelets

This discussion will be on the life cycle of both the platelet and the red blood cell, and how both can be affected by things like disease, environmental factors, medications, and toxins. A complete understanding of how damage to either cell type can be detected in a blood smear, while also causing major systemic illness. Normal and abnormal morphology will be discussed as well.Created and produced by VetFolio with educational funding provided by Hill's.

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We Don't Have That! How to Monitor Your Patients Without Expensive Equipment

Not all clinics are specialty hospitals with all the bells and whistles when it comes to equipment and monitoring devices. While some are required for basic veterinary care, some of the best ones come already attached to you, the veterinary technician! In this case based discussion, we will talk about the ways in which you can more effectively use the monitoring equipment you have, from your eyes and ears to the dusty old ECG and ultrasound machine in the corner of the treatment room. This...

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Hypercoagulability in Dogs: Pathophysiology

AbstractThe risk of hypercoagulability is increased when the hemostatic balance between procoagulant and anticoagulant mechanisms is shifted in favor of coagulation. Hypercoagulability is an increasingly recognized contributor to the deleterious manifestations of veterinary disease. The basis for thrombus formation in many acquired diseases is being investigated and more clearly defined. A thorough understanding of the hemostatic system and knowledge of disorders that lead to hypercoagulable...

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Retrospective Study of 122 Dogs That Were Treated with the Antifibrinolytic Drug Aminocaproic Acid: 2010–2012 (Retrospective Study)

AbstractAntifibrinolytic drugs are used to promote hemostasis and decrease the need for red blood cell transfusion. Medical records of 122 dogs that were prescribed either oral or intravenous aminocaproic acid between 2010 and 2012 were evaluated retrospectively. Of the 122 dogs, three experienced possible drug-related adverse effects. No significant differences were identified between dogs that experienced adverse effects and those that did not and the possible adverse effects noted were all...

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Hypercoagulability in Dogs: Treatment

AbstractHypercoagulability is a state in which the hemostatic balance shifts toward excessive plateletactivationand fibrin deposition, leading to thrombosis. Although a definitive diagnosis is often difficult to make, identifying patients at risk for thromboembolism is critical. By identifying these patients and understanding mechanisms that contribute to hypercoagulability, clinicians can select protocols that aid in thrombus prevention. Several therapeutic options exist, including...

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Seizures as a Consequence of Hyperviscosity Syndrome in Two Dogs Naturally Infected with Leishmania infantum (Case Report)

AbstractSerum hyperviscosity syndrome (HVS) was documented in two dogs with canine leishmaniasis (CanL) and seizures as the major clinical complaint. In both cases, laboratory abnormalities included mild non-regenerative anemia, thrombocytopenia, hypoalbuminemia, hyperproteinemia with monoclonal gammopathy, and marked serum hyperviscosity. CanL was diagnosed using cytology in one case and indirect immunofluorescence assay and conventional polymerase chain reaction in the second. Specific...

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