• The Veterinary Forensic Process

    February 23, 2021

    In veterinary medicine, cases of animal neglect, cruelty, or abandonment can be an unfortunate part of our careers. However, it is inevitable that these cases will cross our paths. Forensic investigation of animal cruelty cases involves collecting evidence for law enforcement. These cases are part medical and part legal. The veterinary medical forensic investigation is

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  • Toxic to pets: 5-FU Fluorouracil

    Human Chemotherapeutic Agent, Fluorouracil (5-FU) is Deadly to Pets

    October 5, 2020

    If you or someone you know is taking this medication to treat your own condition, please be aware that it is extremely toxic, even in very small amounts, to our family pets. Please keep your medication and the application site out of reach of pets at all times.

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    Consideration of a Veterinarian-based Outpatient Protocol for Treatment of Canine Parvoviral Enteritis

    September 28, 2020

    The gold standard of Parvovirus treatment involves continuous, round-the-clock supportive care in an ICU setting. For those patients who are deemed a good candidate for Outpatient (OP) care, and those clients who are dedicated to the task of returning their pets to the clinic twice daily for several days for veterinarian-based OP care, an OP protocol can be a viable alternative to hospitalization.

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  • Nasogastric Tube Placement

    March 5, 2020

    Nasogastric tube placement may be one of the more underutilized tools in treating our hospitalized veterinary patients.

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  • Gastric Stasis in Rabbits

    March 2, 2020

    Gastric stasis is one of the most common medical problems seen with small herbivores. Like many other common medical issues, it’s not a single issue, but a set of clinical signs that can have a variety of underlying problems. Think of stasis in the same way as thinking of colic in a horse or like

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  • Avian Respiratory System: Anatomy and Physiology

    January 17, 2020

    I hope that you find this fun to read. If it’s as fun for me to write and for you to read, then I plan to make this a periodic format for the website, so please send feedback to let me know if you are interested. Let’s start the first episode with a doozy: the

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  • Delayed Zinc Toxicosis in a Starved Dog

    December 19, 2019

    The below case illustrates a rapid onset of critical illness in a severely malnourished stray dog. After initial support turned this too-weak-to-walk stray into a bouncing puppy and he regained his appetite, he rapidly deteriorated in our ICU due to zinc toxicity from pennies that presumptively had been in his empty stomach for some time.

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  • Interventional Analgesia Part II

    November 19, 2019

    As veterinary pain management becomes more like human pain management in offering patients a broader range of strategies for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, the interventional strategies and the techniques described below will become more commonplace.

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  • Interventional Analgesia: Part I

    November 19, 2019

    Interventional pain management in animals is an application of image-guided procedures which benefit veterinary patients with both acute and chronic pain.

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  • Urinary Obstruction in the Feline

    October 24, 2019

    Urinary obstruction in the cat is a very common presentation for male cats with urinary signs (straining, vomiting, licking, vocalizing). Listed is a general protocol for managing these cases.

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  • Chronic Nasal Discharge in Rabbits: Not Just an Antibiotic Issue

    October 9, 2019

    Veterinarians routinely working on rabbits will encounter a rabbit with chronic nasal congestion. There are numerous references to chronic Pasteurella infection leading to intermittent antibiotic use to control the infection. However, a good look at these cases reveals that this is not usually the case, and the causes for chronic nasal congestion are as diverse in rabbits as they are in most other species.

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  • The Case of the Missing History – Albuterol Toxicosis

    September 5, 2019

    Lily, a 5-year old spayed female (SF) English Shepherd presented to our emergency room at 9am on a Wednesday morning in early spring after being found unable to rise from her crate. The owners immediately rushed her to the hospital and she was gurneyed to the ICU for evaluation.

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