Ventricular Arrhythmias Under Anesthesia in Dogs and Cats – When Do You Worry?

Electrocardiograms (ECGs) are commonly performed during routine anesthesia to monitor the heart rate and rhythm of your canine and feline patients. ECGs help assess the patient’s cardiovascular stability. Various arrhythmias can be encountered during an anesthetic event and ventricular arrhythmias are one of the more insidious types. Ventricular arrhythmias are abnormal, premature beats, originating from the ventricles. These beats can be differentiated from normal sinus beats because they are not associated with a p-wave, are…

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Organizational Influences on Doctor Wellbeing: Preserving the Integrity of the Veterinary Profession

(Adapted from the 2019 Proceedings of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona)   A silent crisis is at hand in veterinary medicine. Veterinarians are increasingly struggling with their “dream” job choice, taking on a higher educational debt load than ever before, and unable to balance their desire to enhance the lives of animals with their own life. A recent study demonstrated that 33% of veterinarians surveyed stated they would choose…

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Heat Stroke in Dogs: A State of Multi-organ Dysfunction

Heat stroke in dogs is a common disorder with life-threatening consequences. This article will review the causes of hyperthermia and the negative impact of high temperatures on organ function. Causes of Hyperthermia in Dogs Hyperthermia is an abnormally high body temperature, and in dogs, it is typically observed between 104.9F – 109.4F. There are two forms of hyperthermia: pyrogenic and non-pyrogenic. With pyrogenic hyperthermia, the body is presented with pyrogens (ex – substances produced from…

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