Latest Issue of Clinician's Brief

January 2015 Dentistry

Brush up on clinical signs and treatment protocols for chronic gingivostomatitis in cats, and review the top 5 tools and techniques that will help your clients deliver exceptional oral home care. Plus, explore the challenges and solutions to critical care for pediatric patients.

“Seeing is Believing” for Behavior Change

Harness this tried-and-true technique to help improve compliance among your clients with recommendations you make for maintaining their pets’ health.

Parasitic & Protozoal Diseases

Canine Heartworm Infection

Careful diagnosis and treatment are imperative to successful treatment of heartworm disease in dogs.

Peer Reviewed

New Research: Indoxacarb for Flea Control in Dogs & Cats

A study was conducted using dogs and cats in private residences in Tampa, Florida; the goal was to compare the efficacy of two different topical flea products, indoxacarb (Activyl®, Merck Animal Health) and fipronil (s)-methoprene (Frontline ® Plus, Merial), on natural flea infestations.1


Feline Heartworm Infection

Understanding the pathophysiology, diagnostic techniques, and management protocols for heartworm disease in cats—often fatal—is critical for prognosis.

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Territorial Aggression in Dogs

When clients complain about territorial aggression in their dog, it is important to consider potential medical and behavioral diagnoses.

Peer Reviewed

Canine Environmental Enrichment

Environmental enrichment can be easy for clients to implement and can positively affect patient quality of life and many problematic behaviors.

Peer Reviewed

Canine Anxiety

Monitoring a dog’s behavior is key to determining what it is trying to communicate and how to approach treatment.

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Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Acupuncture: History & Application

Acupuncture is increasingly common in veterinary practice; however, despite its vast history, the best approaches for its practice in veterinary medicine are still debated.

Peer Reviewed

Shockwave Therapy as a Treatment Option

As part of physical rehabilitation, extracorporeal shockwave therapy may support bone, tendon and ligament healing; osteoarthritis treatment; and healing of chronic wounds.

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Stem Cell Therapies: Reality in the Making

Appreciation for the potential of stem cell therapies should be balanced with healthy doses of optimism and skepticism.

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Differentiating Exophthalmos, Buphthalmos, & Proptosis

Many key characteristics can help distinguish between proptosis, exophthalmos, or buphthalmos.

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Blindness: A Diagnostic Outline

A thorough history and ophthalmic examination are important first steps in determining what causes blindness in veterinary patients.  

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This algorithm can help distinguish the cause (eg, ocular, CNS) of anisocoria in a patient.

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Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Congenital Hepatobiliary Diseases in Dogs & Cats

Common congenital hepatobiliary disorders and their signalment, signs, and diagnostic and management options are described.

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Recurrent Giardia Infection in a Dog

A difficult case of giardiasis is used to demonstrate how to achieve resolution from among various strategies.

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Physaloptera spp Infection in a Cat

The appearance, intermediate hosts, associated clinical signs, and treatment of Physaloptera spp infection are described.

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