Aquatic Turtle Care Recommendations

Aquatic Turtles Aquatic turtles are beautiful, intelligent, and captivating pets that require dedicated care. With appropriate care and habitats, turtles will delight owners with their behavior and interactions. Housing/Enclosure Aquatic turtles need a large enclosure. As a general rule, the water depth should be at least one and a half to two times the turtle’s carapace (shell) length. For example, a five-inch turtle will need a 40-55 gallon tank. Space should be doubled for turtles…

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Staging and Treatment of Oral Tumors in Dogs

Oral tumors account for around 6% of all canine tumors, including both benign and malignant tumors.  The most common oral tumors in dogs include: melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, sarcomas, and ameloblastomas. The initial treatment of oral tumors is often similar. However, the definitive treatment options and prognosis is highly variable based on the individual tumor type, as well as its stage. In a large number of cases, tumors are identified incidentally during annual dental exams. …

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‘BEG’ Diets and DCM in Dogs: Recommendations Regarding Diagnosis and Management

Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs is a primary myocardial disease characterized by enlargement and decreased function of one or both ventricles. The disease is progressive, resulting in worsening cardiac function, heart enlargement, and ultimately congestive heart failure. Other complications include arrhythmias, syncope, and/or sudden death. The classic form of DCM in dogs is naturally occurring and heritable, most commonly observed in breeds such as Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, and Irish Wolfhounds. Patients with this form…

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Five Steps to Putting a Service Recovery Strategy in Place at Your Veterinary Practice

As veterinary medicine professionals, we devote our time and energy every day to providing our clients and their pets with exceptional care and service. We often measure our success by not only the clinical outcomes of our patients, but on the strength of the relationships we build with our clients over time. What does client loyalty look like? At the most basic level, clients demonstrate loyalty by continuing to come back to our…

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Treatment of Hypothermia in Dogs and Cats

Learn about the possible causes of hypothemia in dogs and cats, the impact on body organs, and life-saving treatment recommendations.   Hypothermia is defined by a core body temperature lower than 35 degree C (95-degree F)[1]. Below this temperature, the body loses more heat than it generates. Hypothermia can be caused by metabolic dysfunction in association with decreased heat production (hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, hypoperfusion, or hypoaldosteronism) or disturbed thermoregulation (intracranial disease, diffuse neurological disease or…

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