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A Vet Tech’s Guide to Pre-Transfusion Testing in Dogs & Cats

by Cathy Barnette - November 16, 2020 at 2:53 PM

If you work in small animal practice, you are bound to one day find yourself somehow involved in giving a blood transfusion.

While the administration of blood transfusions can vary significantly, depending on whether you’re working in a general practice that doesn’t routinely perform transfusions or a high-volume emergency clinic, there are certain steps that should always remain constant. It’s important to have a grasp of these basic steps in pre-transfusion testing. 

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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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