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When a patient is healing from injury, there are a several ways to support them and their caregiver through the recovery process. Dogs and cats can get hurt anytime, anywhere. But often when accidents happen, clients become overwhelmed with the idea of helping their pet heal. Not only is the injury itself stressful – so is learning how to...
This article discusses the appropriate and inappropriate uses of metronidazole, highlights current research that contradicts our older assumptions, and prompts some questioning to determine if this drug is an ideal choice. When your patients have diarrhea, a course of metronidazole (Flagyl) might be the appropriate treatment. However, this antibiotic has become a knee-jerk response to cases of diarrhea based on...
An overview of tear function and why it’s a crucial component of ocular hygiene in your canine and feline patients. The quality and quantity of tears are vitally important for ocular health. Without them, the eye would not get any oxygen or nutrients, and as with all other living tissues, the corneal cells would die. Dry Eye Dry Eye, also known...
New kitten parents might lean on you for advice when they’re adjusting to life with their new feline companions. Here’s a few tidbits of advice you can offer them. For first-time pet parents, the responsibilities that come with bringing a kitten home can be unexpected. Suddenly, they’re entirely accountable for a small creature whose life mission is to get into...
The NASC Quality Seal is earned, not purchased, and has become a credible and trusted symbol of quality, vigilance and continuous improvement. Chances are you’ve seen the yellow NASC Quality Seal on animal health and nutritional supplements, but you might not know how it gets there, or why it even exists. Supplements for dogs, cats and horses are overseen by the...
By initiating discussions about nutrition each time pet parents visit the practice, veterinary technicians can directly impact the lifelong health of their patients. Nutrition applies to every patient of a veterinary practice. Out of three primary components affecting the life of an animal – genetics, nutrition, and environment – nutrition is the one factor the veterinary healthcare team can...
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, like Western medicine, is an extremely broad subject that can be studied for years. As with any medical system, a little knowledge helps you read the literature more critically and whets your appetite to learn more. This article gives you a start at understanding the TCVM diagnostic approach. Comprehending the depth and breadth of Traditional...
With the right topical approach, you can maintain a healthy skin barrier in patients to reduce the discomfort associated with kerato-seborrheic disorders. Dermatological issues have become a top concern for many pet parents. It is understandable that most clients prefer that their dogs and cats look and smell good, and aren’t afflicted by common problems including bad odors, hair...
Combining conventional and alternative treatments is the best approach for dogs with hemangiosarcoma (HSA). Hemangiosarcoma (HSA) is a relatively common and devastating tumor often found in the spleen, skin, heart, or liver. It accounts for approximately 7% of all cancers in dogs. The prognosis depends on many factors, including location/size of the tumor and the overall health of the patient. Current...
A study funded by HABRI reveals that children from dog-owning households are more well-adjusted socially and emotionally than those without canine companions. The results of a recently-published study led by researchers at The University of Western Australia, and funded by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), demonstrate that young children from dog-owning households are less likely to experience difficulties...