QRA Update - State Board Inspection Guidance for Veterinarians

What is the state of the opioid epidemic in America? According to the Centers for Disease Control’s figures from December 2018 there are 130 people who die every day in America from an opioid overdose1.  While we occasionally will have some good news related to a downward trend in the misuse and abuse of opioids, there remain concerns and far too many individuals are being adversely affected.  As such, national, state and local…

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IDEXX Diagnostic Challenge: Diagnose the Cause of Anemia in This Cat

A complete blood count (CBC) from a three-year-old male neutered domestic shorthair cat with severe anemia was submitted to IDEXX Reference Laboratory. No clinical history was received with the sample. Review the CBC (figure 1) and blood smears (figure 2 and 3) below. What is Your Interpretation of this CBC and Blood Smears? Selected CBC Results Figure 1. Select CBC results from a 3-year-old anemic cat.   Figure 2. Blood…

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Pain Management for the Feline Patient

Across the globe cat ownership is on the rise with more than 30% of American households owning at least one feline companion. Over the years improved preventative medicine has extended the lifespan of many companion animal species, including cats, which has led to a large increase in the geriatric population. With age comes many of the same aches and pains we as humans experience such as joint, bone and muscle pain, dental pain, cancer pain,…

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