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  • June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
    June is a very important month for organizations, nationwide, that work with the community to find permanent homes for rescued cats.  June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.   You may wonder why June was chosen  as the month for this very special service.  The short answer- June is kitten season. It is the time […]
  • Equine Respiratory Allergies - Heaves
    The respiratory illness commonly known as “heaves” or “broken wind” was, until recently, referred to as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in the medical community. It has been renamed Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) to indicate that it is not the same condition as the COPD found in humans.  Affecting mostly older horses, heaves arises when […]
  • Equine Skin Allergies
    It's frustrating:  lumps, hives and excessive scratching and distress.  It's a difficult business diagnosing the cause of your horse's skin allergies. It may take months or years of exposure to develop.  And there doesn't seem to be any link between breed, gender or age. Understanding the symptoms, causes and treatments can help identify whether your horse does, […]

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Importance of a regular calibration on your portable x-ray machine

The importance of a regular calibration on your portable X-ray machine can not be over stated. Many problems can be detected early and easily fixed when the machine is on a regular calibration schedule. As the x-ray unit ages the x-ray tube inside your machine will tend drop it’s output efficiency compared to where it [...]

By | June 17th, 2016|Tech|

Declaw Wrapping Tip

We all know how to bandage declaws, but in my experiences this little trick has cut down on post-op bleeding and makes the bandages easier to remove. Items you will need: 4 – 4×4 gauze pads 1 – Roll of Vet wrap 1 – Latex exam glove I set everything up prior to surgery and [...]

By | June 11th, 2016|Tech|

Clipper and Blade Care

I have used several different types of clippers and blades in my Vet Tech years, but I have also been a dog and cat groomer for over 12 years. I have seen a lot of people improperly clean and store clippers and blades. I do know that I have had to break my own rules [...]

By | June 11th, 2016|Tech|

Label, Label, Label

One thing that was a pet peeve of mine is not labeling items. I’m a bit of an organizing freak when it comes to work. There are several reasons to use labels on multiple different areas. Label all Autoclaved items!!! Autoclaved items have a 6 month shelf life for sterility. Some people may think, “we [...]

By | June 11th, 2016|Tech|

How to Intubate by Yourself

We all know that something like this isn’t what we necessary want to do, but we also know that there are times when we’re shorthanded and need an extra hand or have to figure something else out. In my Tech experiences I have had to accomplish A LOT of tasks alone from intubating to placing [...]

By | June 11th, 2016|Tech|

Importance of Labeling Radiographs

Labeling radiographs is extremely important for several reasons. Tells you which leg you are looking at or which side of the abdomen you are looking at. This may seem like common sense to some of you but I have seen radiographs without labels several times. Labeling the images correctly will help prevent costly mistakes. You [...]

By | June 11th, 2016|Tech|

CR System calibration and quality control

To ensure the production of high-quality radiographic images from a CR, a well-organized acceptance testing following the system installation must be carried out. Although the system may have already been calibrated by the manufacturer prior to the installation, the current working environment and conditions in a clinic may be different. A periodic quality control program [...]

By | June 11th, 2016|Tech|
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