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    Determining the Fate of Feline Aortic Thromboembolism

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    Feline aortic thromboembolism affects approximately 25-30 percent of cats with heart disease. Thrombus formation occurs secondary to stagnation of blood in a dilated left atrium (blood stasis), the highly reactive state of feline...

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    Considerations for Scruffing Feline Patients

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    Scruffing used to be one of the most common ways to restraint feline patients. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best method! Learn from Staff Veterinarian Christy Michael, BVMS, about alternative methods for restraining, recognizing...

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    Red Rubber vs. Foley Catheters: Pros and Cons

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    When it comes to catheters, it can be helpful to know the pros and cons of each. Learn from Technician Manager Carolyn Tran, CVT, about a few of the differences between Red Rubber and Foley Catheters.

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    Recruiting in a World of Rising Minimum Wages

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    Recruiting for any position is not usually a favorite task among managers – especially in the veterinary field when you may be stuck trying to fill a shift as quickly as possible – even filling it yourself on some days. Learn from...

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    Employee Retention: Five Lessons from Exit Interviews

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    Exit interviews are a common practice when an employee vacates their job. Often this information is just placed in their employee file and forgotten about, even when we have the best intentions. But what if we really used this inf...

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    Keeping a Pace on Diltiazem Toxicity With Bradycardia

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    A 12-year-old neutered male Chihuahua weighing 3.8 kg was presented for evaluation of weakness following suspected ingestion of any of a variety of medications, potentially including extended release diltiazem, ibuprofen, aspirin,...

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    The Twists and Turns of Corn Cob Ingestion

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    A 5-year-old male neutered Labrador retriever was referred for abdominal exploration following a three-day history of gastrointestinal signs. He was known to have consumed corn cobs three days earlier followed by vomiting, abdomin...

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    Labeling Kennel Cards

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    Kennel cards can call attention to important pieces of information, such as where a patient’s meds are, if they have a personal item, and when you may need protective gear. Learn from Technician Training Specialist Jessica Waters-...

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    Severe Pedal Necrosis: When Bandage Management Goes Wrong

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    Bandages are commonly used in the management of injuries to the distal extremity in veterinary patients. Bandages offer many benefits for healing of wounds and other injuries to the limb; they provide support, decrease edema, main...

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    The Anorexic Cat: A Breakdown of Appetite Stimulants

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    We’ve all encountered the frustration that is the anorexic cat. It is possible to run a comprehensive diagnostic panel and still not understand why the patient is not eating. Add full body imaging and your client can easily spend...

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    CSR Terminology 101

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    P is QAR, normal BP/HR/MM. LMOM for O to discuss US DX and SX recomendations. Wait, what? Sometimes reading medical notes can seem like a jigsaw puzzle, especially for CSR's new to the veterinary field. Our front desk team here...

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    My Journey to Vet School

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    Continuing education and training can have immense benefits on your longevity and happiness in your career. It impacts the patients you are working with today as well as the patients you will treat tomorrow. In this blog, Anthony...

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    Exam Tips for Handling Rabbits

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    Rabbits may be nervous in a clinic setting, so it’s important to know proper handling and restraint techniques. Learn from Portland Community College Instructor and Certified Veterinary Technician Laura Harris, and DoveLewis Certi...

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    Tube Placement and Care: A Step-by-step Guide

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    Placing and managing various tubes is an important part of a veterinary technician’s role in patient care, and knowing the proper procedures and most effective methods will ensure that you are offering the best possible treatment....

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    Canine Hypoadrenocorticism - Addison's Disease

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    Hypoadrenocorticism (HA) is a deficiency of the adrenal cortex to produce mineralocorticoids and glucocorticoids. Learn from Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, as she explains hypoadrenocorticism (also known as Addison’s Disease)...

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    Canine Megaesophagus

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    Megaesophagus is a condition characterized by decreased or absent esophageal tone and motility usually resulting in diffuse dilation of the esophagus. Review clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment options with Internal Medicine...

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    What Pet Loss Support Taught Me

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    I attended my first Pet Loss Support Group run by Enid Traisman, MSW, CT in December of 2018. I immediately felt the power of this community resource and felt validated in my own grief by the stories, lessons and experiences of th...

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    Replacing Soda Lime After CO2 Absorption

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    Soda lime, also known as Baralyme granules, are used to absorb CO2 from anesthesia machines or oxygen chambers. Bobbie Lucas, Surgery Assistant, reviews how, when, and why it’s important to change these on a regular basis.

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    Cryptorchidism in Dogs

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    Cryptorchid testicles occur when one or both testicles don’t descend normally. Learn from DoveLewis Surgeon Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS about evaluating these patients and prepping for surgery.

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    PCC Veterinary Technology Program- A Lesson in Triage

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    Over the past few months, atdove.org and Portland Community College (PCC) have been teaming up to create new and unique content! PCC has a Veterinary Technology program where students can become certified to work in animal clinics...

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    Contrast Esophagram Review

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    There are two types of contrasts commonly used in veterinary medicine. Review the options and this case diagnosis with Veterinary Radiologist Alan Lipman, DVM, DACVR.

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    Radland - Anal Sac Mass

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    A 12-year-old female spayed basset hound presented to DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital with a history of vomiting, lethargy and multiple episodes of straining to urinate. Physical exam findings included a la...

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    Tone and Volume for Your Client Conversations

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    In the 1970’s, Albert Mehrabian created a tool called the communication model. Within this model, he came up with the idea that only 7% of what is being communicated are the literal words. That means that according to his theory,...

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    That Moment When - The Impact of Empathy

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    Despite having devices at our fingertips designed to connect you to others in an instant, making connections and building relationships feels harder than ever. Learn from DoveLewis Marketing Director Tess Payne, about the importan...

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    Receiving Constructive Criticism

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    Being open to criticism, good or bad, is vital to being successful in any job. How else are you going to know what to improve on, how to grow, and areas may require more focus? When it comes to receiving criticism, it doesn’t a...

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    Feline Towel Restraint (aka Purrito)

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    Cat burrito, purrito, whatever you want to call it as long as it works! With some patients, less restraint can be more effective. Learn from Technician Assistant Amy Lacey, and staff cat Murray, about using a “purrito” method...

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    Diagnosis of Ischium Lesions

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    With Veterinary Radiologist Alan Lipman, DVM, DACVR, review a canine patient suffering from abdomen pain and the imagery that led to an effective diagnosis.

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    Tech to Tech: Improving Communication and Support

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    In a 24/7 clinic like DoveLewis, a patient may spend multiple days recovering and be under the care of numerous veterinarians and technicians. In these circumstances, information can get lost between switching shifts and additiona...

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    Cadaver Labs

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    DoveLewis is a teaching hospital, which means that we have interns, externs, and numerous students walking through our doors to learn. A great learning and hands-on opportunity takes place in our cadaver labs, hosted by Critical C...

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    Preoperative TPLO Radiographs

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    Learn from DoveLewis Surgeon Andrea Sundholm, DVM, DACVS-SA, about the unique radiograph views needed prior to completing a TPLO surgery.

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    Understanding Cremation

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    If you are a pet owner whose pet is in failing health, or if you have sadly experienced the recent passing of a pet, the following information may help guide you through this difficult period with knowledge, understanding and peac...

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    Triaging the Acute Abdomen

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    “Acute abdomen” in human medicine is defined as sudden and severe abdominal pain of unclear etiology. In veterinary medicine, it is typically a more general term used to describe a patient with any acute significant abdominal sign...

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    Taking Snake Radiographs

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    Radiographs can show vital information about the health of snakes. But how do you do it? Learn tips from Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS (ECC) and Jessica Waters, CVT.

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    Stop Talking About Marketing

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    People are changing how they make decisions, and figuring out how to reach your customers can be difficult. Learn from DoveLewis Marketing Director Tess Payne, about how to tackle your marketing channels. This course has been a...

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    When Thrombosis Gets Complicated

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    Coagulation is a protective mechanism to prevent excessive hemorrhage following trauma. However, regulatory mechanisms are normally in place to control the timing and extent of the clotting process. For example, the procoagulant e...

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    Snake Physical Exam and Restraint

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    A physical examination of a snake includes looking at their eyes, nose, scales, and vent. Learn from Carrie Daly, DVM, about tips for completing a stress-free exam.

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    Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine

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    As a small animal veterinary professional, particularly one practicing in Portland, OR, it seems highly likely that you have been or will be asked about cannabis as a treatment option for a pet’s condition. It is tempting to just...

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    Medical Math - Constant Rate Infusion

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    A Constant Rate Infusion (CRI) is utilized to administer a continuous dose of drug in intravenous fluids. We are most used to CRIs for pain management, as in this form the drug can be maintained at effective plasma concentrations...

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    Lymph Node and Mass Aspirate

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    It’s important to know the different ways to sample masses and lymph nodes, as some techniques can end up altering your sample. Learn from Critical Care Specialist Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, about ensuring your slides are...

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    Talking to Children About Pet Death: Pt 2

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    Dealing with a pet’s death is hard, and can be even harder when children are involved. Kids may not understand the magnitude of their pet’s illness, the related expenses, or how to assess quality of life. During these times, you c...

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    Gastroduodenal Perforation in a Dog Treated with Steroids and NSAIDs

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    An elderly Golden Retriever from out of state was presented for evaluation of abdominal effusion and possible surgery. The patient had a history of osteoarthritis and was being managed chronically with deracoxib. One week prior, s...

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    Respiratory Review: Nursing Strategies for Oxygen Administration

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    Getting adequate oxygen into our patients in critical. Learn from Sarah Harris, CVT, VTS (ECC), about the technicians role in supporting oxygen administration. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for 1 Technician CE credit....

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    Double Vision

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    Veterinarians and technicians rely on one another every day to perform their jobs. Learn from Veterinarian Christy Michael, BVMS, and Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC) about how to improve communication, simplify hospital processes,...

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    Dealing with Guilt

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    Guilt is a common feeling among participants in the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program. Enid Traisman, MSW, CT, and Director of the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program reviews how to help those dealing with feelings of grief after...

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    Leech Therapy

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    Medicinal leeches can be used for treatment of congested blood and swelling. Learn from Andrea Sundholm, DVM, DACVS-SA, about how leech therapy was used to treat a dog’s hind leg with surgical complications.

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    Forequarter Amputation

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    Surgeon Andrea Sundholm, DVM, DACVS-SA, reviews the steps and considerations for completing a forequarter amputation on a dog.

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    TPLO Surgery

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    A TPLO, or tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy, is a surgery performed to help stabilize the stifle joint. Learn the step-by-step instructions from Surgeon Andrea Sundholm, DVM, DACVS-SA, for completing this procedure.

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    The "A" Team

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    Differences in titles and roles in the assistant team allow individuals to specialize in different departments and tasks, emphasizing individual strengths and helping to distribute resources appropriately between departments. Here...

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    Foreign Body in Radiology

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    Pets are constantly eating things they shouldn’t be. Learn from DoveLewis Radiologist, Alan Lipman, DVM, DACVR, about identifying unique foreign bodies.

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    5 Ways to Use Peanut Butter in an Animal Hospital

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    March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, and peanut butter is a commonly used tool here at DoveLewis. To celebrate, we’re sharing 5 facts about peanut butter and 5 ways to use peanut butter in your hospital.   5...

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