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The Vet Tech's Role in the Treatment of Acute Canine Pancreatitis

by Cathy Barnette - December 27, 2019 at 7:07 AM

When a dog presents for an acute onset of vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, pancreatitis will likely be near the top of the differential diagnosis list.

The veterinarian will likely recommend a full diagnostic workup, including a CBC, serum biochemistry, abdominal radiographs, an in-house IDEXX SNAP® cPL and/or a Spec cPL to be submitted to a reference laboratory, and possibly an abdominal ultrasound.

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Top 6 Travel Meds for Dogs: A Summary for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - July 15, 2019 at 2:53 PM

It’s officially summer, which means that many pet owners are traveling with their pets. Unfortunately, pets don’t always share the same enthusiasm for travel as their human companions! Therefore, summer is often associated with an increase in phone calls and veterinary visits for medications to help make travel easier on pets and their owners. 

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Calculate Fluid Rates For This Dog With Pancreatitis

by Lori Hehn - October 10, 2017 at 10:40 AM

Here is a nursing word problem for you Vet Techs, soon to be called Vet Nurses on hot to calculate fluid rates for this dog. Read the case, try to calulate it on your own, and then hit the button to view the answer.

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Word Problem: Did This Dog Get A Toxic Dose Of Chocolate?

by Lori Hehn - December 21, 2016 at 8:12 AM

“Jackie,” a 4-year old Maltese mix presents to your clinic after ingesting a full milk chocolate bar about 20 minutes ago. This means he consumed about 1.55 ounces according to the package the owner brought.

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Thanksgiving Time: Operation Dog Pancreatitis Prevention

by Lori Hehn - November 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Every year at this time, I start to think about dog pancreatitis for obvious reasons. Lots of delicious food and soon to be holiday parties taking place.

And as the old saying goes, and ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! This is especially true with dog pancreatitis prevention, as this can be a very serious and even life threatening disease for dogs.

Take the time to remind your veterinarian clients about the dangers of various Thanksgiving food for dogs when they come in to the clinic, and potentially even have a handout or e-mail for them as a helpful reminder.

While some dogs may easily tolerate some plain turkey meat, others can become seriously ill. The most common thing that I see in practice is a dog with pancreatitis or gastrointestinal upset because of things the GUESTS give the pets without the owner knowing!

Multiply that across multiple guests and it can make for a bad combination. So besides educating your clients, who may know what their dogs can and cannot tolerate, remind them to tell their guests- politely but firmly- that they must not feed the pets without permission, or better yet not at all. Otherwise...they can pay the vet bills!

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