They Ate What?! X-ray Contest 2017

By: Veterinary Practice News

They Ate This: Check out the winner, runners-up, and honorable mentions
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What do MDs know about zoonoses? Not a lot

By: Sarah J. Wooten, DVM

Research indicates that human physicians are unaware of and uncomfortable discussing zoonotic diseases. But veterinarians can help fill the knowledge gap.
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South Dakota State mulls joint veterinary school with Minnesota
By: Edie Lau

A South Dakota State University task force has for nearly three years studied a proposal to establish a cooperative veterinary program with the University of Minnesota.
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Veterinarians focus on rebuilding after California firestorms
By: Jennifer Fiala

The California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps deployed veterinarians and technicians to Sonoma County, where they are caring for injured animals and helping with evacuations.
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Key veterinary euthanasia drugs in short supply

By: Phyllis DeGioia

Unspecified problems with manufacturing pentobarbital sodium in combination with phenytoin sodium has caused sales limits and backorders on some veterinary euthanasia drugs.
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The ethics of enrichment

By: Barry Kipperman, DVM, DACVIM

Keeping pets’ pain and fear to a minimum is great – but it’s not enough for a good quality of life. Animals need an environment in which they can thrive and be happy. And veterinarians are obligated to help make this happen.
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Dogs are more expressive when someone is looking
By: University of Portsmouth

Dogs seem to really want to communicate with people. They produce more facial expressions when humans are looking at them, according to new research.
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How does rabies cause aggression?
By: Maria Cohut

The underlying biological mechanisms of rabies are uncertain, but scientists are now beginning to explain how the virus works at a molecular level.
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Unraveling the genetics of disc disease in dogs
By: University of California – Davis

Since the early 1900s, veterinarians have observed intervertebral disc disease, but they couldn’t pinpoint why it occurs more frequently in dogs with short legs – until now.
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What to tell clients about cats’ chronic diarrhea
By: David C. Twedt, DVM, DACVIM

Chronic diarrhea is certainly a frustration for cat owners, but at its worst, the condition may lead to the relinquishment of a pet – a loss for all involved.
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Early weaning and behavior in cats
By: Ahola MK, Vapalahti K, Lohi H.

The long standing dogma is that a kitten can be weaned onto solid food as early as 4 weeks. Other veterinarians and groups have favored later weaning due to perceived benefits to health and behavior.
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Two studies focus on gastric ulcer treatments in horses
By: staff

One veterinary investigation warns against compounded omeprazole; the other shows a positive effect for a polysaccharide blend.
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BLM Completes Wyoming Wild Horse Gather
By: Edited Press Release

The BLM Rock Springs Field Office gathered 1,560 adult wild horses in response to the results of the 2017 census; the agency also removed 408 dependent foals with their dams.
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Corn in Horse Feed: Good or Bad?
By: Clair Thunes, PhD

In its natural state, corn starch is not particularly digestible in the equine small intestine. However, both steam flaking and extrusion can increase corn’s digestibility.
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UC Davis researcher provides the latest on equine coronavirus
By: staff

Nicola Pusterla, DrMedVet, MedVet, DACVIM, recently gave an update on what is known about equine coronavirus based on research done at the University of California, Davis, in addition to a review of several case studies.
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Bringing balance to your veterinary practice’s financial health
By: Michael Dicks, PhD, Bridgette Bain, PhD

If you don’t consider the balance sheet along with your income statement, you really have no idea if your business is healthy.
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What the eclipse taught me about customer service

By: Mike Paul, DVM

From a big city to a small town, from an isolated island to a mall, my big trip to see astronomy at work also reminded me how things have changed for American consumers and maybe veterinary hospitals.
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How to hire, train receptionists better
By: Brian Conrad, CVPM

Essential advice on installing this key veterinary practice team member from a CVPM who’s done it wrong and done it right.
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Protect Your Horse From Autumn Health Hazards
By: Diagnostic Imaging Systems

With the start of autumn, new challenges arise for breeders, owners, and boarders. You need to be aware of a variety of conditions from colic to worming, atypical myopathy to mud fever.
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