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Today's Veterinary Practice
Volume 13 | Issue 1 (Jan-Feb 2023)

Recognizing Futile Care in Veterinary Medicine

Today's Vet Pract. Jan-Feb 2023;13(1):8-13. 4 Refs
Kate Boatright1
1 Butler Veterinary Associates and Emergency Center, Butler, PA 16001, USA.

Author Abstract

"Futile care" is becoming more well-known in the veterinary profession. Having an approach to client conversations about the difference between palliative care and futile care can mean the difference between suffering and letting go in dignity.

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The Mental Health Impact of Online Veterinary Reviews
Businesses that have 15% to 20% negative reviews actually earn more revenue than those with 5% to 10% negative reviews. Negative reviews, up to a certain extent, show a sense of authenticity with the optimal negative reviews being between 10% to 25%. Clients expect to see negative reviews and having only 5-star reviews can make clients wonder if the reviews are fake or paid.
Attitudes and Beliefs of a Sample of Australian Dog and Cat Owners towards Pet Confinement.
Dog owners showed the strongest support for confining dogs to the owners' property whenever unsupervised (98% agreement) and less support for confining dogs inside the house at night (54% agreement), and only 23% believed dogs had a negative impact on wildlife. Cat owners showed the strongest support for confining cats inside the house at night (89% agreement). Cat owners' non-supportive attitudes toward cat confinement were partly because of higher concern for cat quality of life and lower concern about their cats' predation behaviours, compared to non-cat owners.
Bone Marrow Aspiration in Dogs: Indications and a Step-by-Step Tutorial
In dogs, bone marrow aspirates are often collected from the proximal humerus or ilium. A special 14- to 18-gauge needle with stylet is placed into the bone marrow cavity, and cells are subsequently aspirated. These needles are designed to penetrate cortical bone without becoming obstructed. Other sites in dogs include the sternum, ribs, and proximal femur. Aspiration from the pelvis and femur is challenging, if the region contains abundant adipose tissue.
Dimethyl sulfoxide favors the emetic efficacy of lycorine in beagle dogs - a novel strategy for the treatment of poisoning.
By emesis response analysis four dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO)-based active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) formulations were favored. Two of them (lycorine hydrochloride, 15 mg/mL in 70% DMSO, 10% ethanol, and 20% water; and lycorine hydrochloride, 15 mg/mL in 50% DMSO, 50% water) qualified for further drug development. Both formulations ensure a safe pharmacologically induced emesis within about 30 min after injection, suitable for use as an in time decontaminant in acute poisoning of dogs. DMSO-based formulations were well tolerated and offer a novel promising strategy for treatment of poisoning.
Left hind limb lameness in a 13-month-old spayed female German Shepherd Dog.
This case report discusses medial epiphyseal artery occlusion that resulted in osteonecrosis and collapse of the femoral head.

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