Ear Canal Tumors
Masses or tumors should always be a concern in dogs or cats with recurrent ear infections, especially when the infections are unilateral or the animal is middle-aged or older. A thorough examination of the ear canal should be performed after the infection has cleared. Advanced imaging may be needed if the tympanic membrane is not visible. In many cases where a mass is observed, patients are referred for surgery to remove the ear canal along with the mass.
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Atopic Dermatitis: Steroids vs. Atopica vs. Apoquel vs. Cytopoint
The arsenal of treatment options for dogs with atopic dermatitis is expanding. It includes corticosteroids, which have been around the longest, as well as Cytopoint, which gained FDA approval at the end of 2016. It is extremely important to note that not all drugs are created equal, and you should not use the same treatment option for each patient. This article reviews the major systemic drugs for atopic dermatitis used in everyday practice.
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Faculty Spotlight: Amy Somrak, MBA, DVM
Dr. Somrak is a clinical assistant professor of dentistry and oral surgery.
"For most of my patients, I can pretty quickly improve their quality of life. It’s gratifying to have owners tell me that they notice a big difference in their pet’s enjoyment of life after the dental disease has been treated."
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Microsurgery Training Laboratory
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Reduction of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations with intravenous lipid emulsion in a dog.
Perry BH, McMichael M, Rick M, Jewell E. Can Vet J. 2016 Dec;57(12):1284-1286. PMID: 27928177
The value of pathogen information in treating clinical mastitis.
Cha E, Smith RL, Kristensen AR, Hertl JA, Schukken YH, Tauer LW, Welcome FL, Gröhn YT. J Dairy Res. 2016 Nov;83(4):456-463. PMID: 27845019
Isoflurane, sevoflurane and desflurane use in cane toads (Rhinella marina).
Morrison KE, Strahl-Heldreth D, Clark-Price SC. Vet Rec Open. 2016 Sep 7;3(1):e000185. doi: 10.1136/vetreco-2016-000185. eCollection 2016. PMID: 27651914 [PubMed]
Prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time using a point-of-care analyser (Abaxis VSpro®) in Bennett’s wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus).
Nevitt BN, Chinnadurai SK, Watson MK, Langan JN, Adkesson MJ. Aust Vet J. 2016 Oct;94(10):384-6. doi: 10.1111/avj.12489. PMID: 27671083
Effect of Cortical Screw Diameter on Reduction and Stabilization of Type III Distal Phalanx Fractures: An Equine Cadaveric Study.
Kay AT, Durgam S, Stewart M, Joslyn S, Schaeffer DJ, Horn G, Kesler R, Chew P. Vet Surg. 2016 Sep 29. doi: 10.1111/vsu.12555. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27685761
Hyperelastic “bone”: A highly versatile, growth factor-free, osteoregenerative, scalable, and surgically friendly biomaterial.
Jakus AE, Rutz AL, Jordan SW, Kannan A, Mitchell SM, Yun C, Koube KD, Yoo SC, Whiteley HE, Richter CP, Galiano RD, Hsu WK, Stock SR, Hsu EL, Shah RN. Sci Transl Med. 2016 Sep 28;8(358):358ra127. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf7704. PMID: 27683552