Feline Heartworm Disease: Fact or Fiction?
In areas where dogs are exposed to mosquitoes that carry Dirofilaria immitis, so are cats. Feline heartworm disease differs from canine disease in many ways, making it important for veterinary technicians to be aware of the risks and clinical signs in cats.
A Technician’s Role in the Treatment of Demodex Patients
Diagnosis of demodicosis depends on identifying Demodex mites in dermal samples. Read this article for tips on how to obtain and analyze diagnostic samples.
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.
Pain Management and Becoming a Patient Advocate
Information on pain management and assessment in veterinary patients has grown tremendously. This article provides an overview of common pharmaceuticals as well as advanced multimodal techniques to help veterinary technicians realize their role as patient advocates in minimizing pain.
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.
Radiographic Positioning: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, Part 2
This second of two articles on radiographic positioning provides an overview of proper patient restraint as well as techniques to obtain good-quality radiographs of the stifles, pelvis, and phalanges.
Puppies for the Holidays: Keeping Them Fear Free℠
Inevitably, January brings new patients that were given as gifts for the holidays. Help your clients get their new puppies off to a good start in the family and at the clinic with advice on positive training techniques.
Adding digital microscopy to a veterinary practice can greatly enhance recordkeeping and serve as a valuable tool for client education. This article provides an overview of the benefits of this technology and some useful resources for learning more.
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.
When Caring Hurts: Dealing with Depression in Veterinary Medicine
Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States and is strikingly prevalent in the veterinary community. Get tips on how to differentiate depression from burnout and how to find help for yourself or your coworkers.