Role of the Veterinary Surgical Nurse in the Care of Orthopedic Patients
Orthopedic surgery patients may require additional considerations compared with soft tissue surgery patients. These considerations include the need for coaptation, increased risk for infection, and use of supplemental modalities to enhance healing.
Catabolism in the Critical Patient
Greater awareness of cachexia will help provide practical approaches to managing body weight and lean body mass in dogs and cats, as well as more directed targets for treatment.
A Foreign Body That Is “Sew” Unusual
This case report describes the extremely rare instance of a dog that ingested a sewing needle, which penetrated the pharyngeal soft tissue structures and ultimately the spinal cord at the atlanto-occipital junction. Fortunately, this case provided an excellent candidate for surgical exploration and removal of the invasive needle.
Anesthesia for Geriatric Patients
Older patients may appear “healthy” for their age, but they often have multiple underlying organ dysfunctions that, when challenged by general anesthesia, can result in a cascade of detrimental events. This CE course will help you create an appropriate anesthesia plan for the geriatric patient.
Canine Digit Osteosarcoma Results in Toe Amputation
A dog’s digits are amputated for reasons ranging from osteomyelitis to benign masses to SCC and melanoma. Bella’s case was the author’s first experience with a diagnosis of digit osteosarcoma.
Guide to Managing Toxin Ingestion
Companion animals are susceptible to several potentially life-threatening toxicants, ranging from human food and medication to animal medication, common plants, illicit drugs, routine household products, and more. Is your veterinary clinic prepared?
Happy Visits and Victory Visits — Helping Patients Be Fear Free℠
Protecting the emotional welfare of pets and people while providing excellent medical care to help restore physical health, prevent animal disease, and prevent suffering is the foundation of Fear Free veterinary care. Why not try these techniques?
Behind the Scenes: Steroidogenesis and Thoughts on Atypical Hyperadrenocorticism
Credentialed veterinary nurses continue to expand their roles in veterinary medicine, including endocrinology. We serve on the front lines of patient care, so expanding our critical-thinking skills with regard to the underlying intricacies of endocrinology can be instrumental in case management.
Veterinary Nurses as Pain Management Advocates
As a veterinary nurse, you are in a position to recognize signs of pain in your patient and to make management recommendations.
Chemotherapy-Induced Side Effects: Prevention and Treatment
Although the goal of chemotherapy in veterinary patients is to extend the life of the patient without the harsh side effects seen in human oncology patients, side effects still occur regardless of the precautions taken.