Fall 2012 Volume 2 – Issue 4 Assessing and monitoring CKD – Because the causes of chronic kidney disease are largely unknown, proper diagnosis and monitoring are keys to controlling this increasingly common condition. The pros of partial spay – Spay operations that spare the ovaries minimize the cancer risks and other health impacts associated with large breed dogs that undergo the full procedure. Cognitive disorder – SAMe and choline are two well-studied therapies that can help treat this common condition in geriatric dogs and cats. (Integrative practice) Herb-drug interactions – How concerned should you be when combining medications and herbal remedies? (Case study) Getting George going – How rehabilitation helped a senior cat with chronic lumbosacral disk disease and renal failure regain his mobility and quality of life. Rethinking equine vaccinations – Part 2 – Are you giving your patients too many vaccines? As more clients and veterinarians express concerns about the dangers of over-vaccination, it’s a good idea to review your own practice’s protocol. Equine ulcers – Stress reduction and medicinal mushrooms can work together to treat and prevent this common health issue. (Nutrition nook) GMO pet foods – Dogs and cats are at risk from genetically modified ingredients. The latest on separation anxiety – Our understanding of what causes this common problem is changing, although behavior modification and medication remain the best approach to treatment. (Tech talk) Scrubs that make a statement – Colorful uniforms with animal-themed designs are more than just a fashion trend. They help put clients at ease and subsequently enhance patient care. Immunotonic Herbs – Virtually anyone who delves into the world of natural medicine will quickly learn that “immunotonics”, “immune boosters” or “immune modulators” are the most pervasive terms in the natural supplements industry. They’re also among the most important tools in the holistic practitioner’s tool chest.