Partial Cruciate (CrCL) Ruptures in Dogs

Diagnosis and Causes of Partial Cruciate (CrCL) Ruptures in Dogs  Hind limb lameness is a very common presenting complaint in clinical practice. Cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) disease is the cause of lameness in a significant number of those pets. When a patient has an obvious cranial tibial thrust and/or drawer motion on exam, most veterinarians feel comfortable guiding the client towards surgical stabilization and a great long-term outcome. But what about the patient with lameness localized to…

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Turn Uncomfortable Cost Conversations Into Caring Solutions

Turn Uncomfortable Cost Conversations Into Caring Solutions Even the most experienced veterinary staff can get squirmy when it comes to discussing the cost of care with clients. As Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA, explained, “As a veterinary practitioner, I found it easier to discuss life and death with my clients than dollars and cents. What is it about money, fees and costs that is so daunting, threatening and downright scary? It may be that talking about…

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Outpatient Protocol for Dogs with Parvoviral Enteritis

Canine parvovirus (CPV) is a serious and potentially fatal viral illness that remains common in dogs, despite the availability and efficacy of vaccinations. Without treatment, parvoviral enteritis has a mortality rate in excess of 90%. Hospitalization and aggressive care can decrease mortality to 10-30%; however, this approach is often cost prohibitive. In this article, we will review an outpatient protocol for dogs with parvoviral enteritis. There has been recent investigation into the efficacy and safety…

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