Body Cavity Centesis: Techniques for the Pleural, Abdominal, and Pericardial Cavities
Body cavity centesis is a valuable and effective treatment for removal of large effusions. Although veterinarians generally perform centesis, it is important for veterinary technicians to be knowledgeable about the techniques used to properly prepare, assist with, and monitor these patients.
Neonatal and pediatric patients differ significantly from their adult counterparts. Veterinary nurses and technicians must understand these patients’ unique physiologic differences and how they affect diagnosis and treatment of emergencies.
Ferret Dentistry: No Weaseling About It!
As with cats and dogs, periodontal disease in ferrets may go unnoticed by owners; therefore, many ferrets end up silently suffering from oral pain. Although it may be a challenging task, all ferrets need an annual oral examination, and ferret owners need education on oral care for their pet.
Keys to Successful High-Level Disinfection And Sterilization Processes
Today’s veterinary technicians are uniquely placed to make a difference in the lives of animal patients, in part by ensuring that proper protocols and procedures are in place to help prevent perioperative infections. Learn about the different types of disinfection and sterilization processes and when each is appropriate.
Opposite Ends of the Life Cycle, Similar Anesthetic Needs
Geriatric patients are generally assumed to be at higher risk than healthy young adults when undergoing anesthesia, but healthy pediatric patients should also be approached as challenges for the anesthetist. This article provides an overview of anesthesia considerations for both old and young patients.
How and Why to Feed Canine Parvovirus Patients Right Away
Canine parvovirus is a longstanding nemesis of veterinary professionals. Learn why enteral feeding benefits patients with this common disease and how to measure, place, and use nasoesophageal and nasogastric tubes.
Preoperative Roles and Responsibilities of the Veterinary Surgical Nurse
Successful surgical outcomes rely on more than the operative procedures themselves. Veterinary surgical nurses play critical roles in preparing the patient, the surgical suite, and the owner.
When Extraction Is Not an Option
Treatment of periodontal disease typically involves tooth extraction. However, in some circumstances, the client may wish to avoid extraction. Learn about some of the alternative periodontal therapies.
Urethral Obstruction in Male Cats
Urethral obstruction is a relatively common and potentially life-threatening emergency. Prompt, appropriate treatment and supportive care can give patients a good prognosis.
Purr-fect Feline Anesthesia
Anesthetizing cats can present several challenges, from managing patient stress to administering anesthetics to monitoring during the procedure. Read this article for information that can help you improve the anesthesia experience for your feline patients.