March 2017

  • One specialist provides his top 5 pulmonary diseases in cats, along with treatment options.
  • Explore anesthetic options for dental prophylaxis in a dog.
  • Follow a step-by-step guide to tensioning sutures placement.
Table of Contents March 2017

Image Gallery: Surgical Tension Lines

This image gallery translates tension lines from textbook theory into routine surgical practice.

Surgery, Soft Tissue Peer Reviewed Web-Exclusive

Quiz: Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Dogs

Behavior changes associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) can be subtle. Use this quiz to sharpen your knowledge of CDS in dogs. 

Behavior Peer Reviewed Web-Exclusive

The Case: The GI Obstruction that Wasn’t

The clients were suspicious that their dog had a gastrointestinal foreign body, but the astute clinician found something else entirely. Discover why taking a thorough history was a crucial step toward the correct diagnosis. 

Tensioning Sutures for Open Wounds

This technique takes advantage of the skin’s natural elastic properties to slowly appose the edges of large open wounds over a period of days. Learn how to place tensioning sutures with this illustrated guide. 

Surgery, Soft Tissue Peer Reviewed

Top 5 Antibiotics for Neurologic Infections in Dogs

Performing cerebrospinal fluid culture and susceptibility is often difficult or impossible.  Use this guide to choose an empiric broad spectrum antibiotic that can cross the blood-brain barrier. 

Anesthetic Hypotension

Left untreated, anesthetic hypotension can lead to organ damage and even death. Quickly identify the cause of your patient’s low blood pressure and the most appropriate treatment with this management tree. 

Anesthesiology Peer Reviewed

Dental Prophylaxis in a Dog

When a patient with a known heart murmur experiences anesthetic complications, decisions must be made quickly. How would you handle this dog’s acute hypotension?

Anesthesiology Peer Reviewed

Does Subclinical Bacteriuria Affect Survival in Older Cats?

The identification of bacteria in the urine can be a difficult finding to interpret. The takeaways from this study can help you—and your older feline patients—in creating a plan of action.

Trazodone to Reduce Stress in Hospitalized Dogs

A blinded, prospective investigation of this anxiolytic showed its potential role for in-hospital use. Take these 3 pearls as a way to put trazodone into practice.

Trismus & Ptyalism

A young golden retriever was presented for difficulty eating, jaw pain, drooling, and swollen facial muscles. Follow this case to find out what was causing this dog’s ptyalism and trismus. 

Internal Medicine Peer Reviewed

Capsule Endoscopy for GI Imaging

Endoscopy in pill-form can be done on an outpatient basis and complements other existing imaging modalities. This case report and its take-home messages highlight the uses and limitations.

Proper Timing for Preanesthestic Fasting

Withholding meals before surgery typically follows the guideline of "no food after midnight." This prospective study indicated a better guideline might be "no, some food after midnight."

Common Pulmonary Diseases in Cats

Feline lower respiratory signs are not always due to bronchial disease. Consider these pulmonary diseases as important differential diagnoses.

Respiratory Medicine Peer Reviewed

Post-Excision Shrinkage of Feline Skin Tissue Specimens

What happens to a biopsy sample once it's excised from a patient? Feline cadavers were used to investigate the problem of shrinkage, with a trio of strategies for managing it.

Using UV Light to Disinfect Textiles

Disinfecting fabrics means more than just sprays and laundering. This study literally shined some light on the matter, the results of which can benefit your patients in these 3 ways.

Increased Potassium in Peritoneal Effusion

A diagnosis of peritoneal effusion is incomplete without a cause. This case report has 3 takeaways for how to find answers from that fluid.

Chronic Kidney Disease Staging & Nutrition Considerations

Chronic kidney disease patients may need different levels of dietary protein, potassium, sodium, and phosphorous depending on the severity of their disease. Explore the current nutritional recommendations for each IRIS stage and substage. 

Clinical Nutrition Peer Reviewed