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  • Are You Taking Dental Radiographs?

    3,522 Views - 1 Comments It’s dental month so let’s talk about a touchy subject. Dental radiographs,  YES, you need to be taking them. Dentistry is kind of the red headed stepchild in veterinary medicine; it gets less attent...
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  • But I Swear She’s Sick!

    4,475 Views - 8 Comments The rumors are true. In a momentary (that seems to have lasted a few weeks) lapse of judgement I made and followed through on the decision to add a puppy to my life. Losing Phoebe so quickly and without w...
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  • Albuterol Administration

    5,960 Views - 2 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to administer inhaled medication (in this case, albuterol) to a cat that has been diagnosed with asthma.  

    1 min 25 sec

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  • Skin Cytology

    7,713 Views - 3 Comments Veterinary Dermatologist, Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD, of SkinVet in Portland demonstrates multiple methods of obtaining samples for skin cytology looking for bacterial contamination of the skin.

    3 min 2 sec

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  • Wellness Program

    4,273 Views - 1 Comments DoveLewis Wellness Program coordinators Enid Traisman, CT, MSW, and Josey Kinnaman, CVT, discuss the staff benefits of a coordinated hospital wellness program and the steps DoveLewis has taken to improve...

    3 min 54 sec

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  • Veterinary View of the Holidays

    3,568 Views - 1 Comments The memes have started: pancreatitis- turkey bone- foreign body removal- chocolate toxicity. It’s how we know the holiday season is upon us. Of course these memes are funny, because they are true. During...
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  • Art Therapy

    3,861 Views - 0 Comments Enid Traisman, CT, MSW, discusses the benefits of art therapy to veterinary staff, and describes how DoveLewis has instituted art therapy for employees.

    2 min 25 sec

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  • Present Tense

    3,183 Views - 10 Comments It’s a quiz on Facebook. It’s a plot point in every time travel movie. The thought of it might keep you awake at night. Do you want to know the day that you’ll die? Do you want to plan? Have time to trave...
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  • Burette Use

    10,675 Views - 10 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the advantages of using a burette in the ICU and how to add medications to a burette for patient administration.

    3 min 1 sec

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  • Cleaning Exam Rooms

    11,742 Views - 6 Comments DoveLewis technician assistant, Amy Lacey, describes the procedure for cleaning an exam room before the next patient arrives.

    2 min 24 sec

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  • Anesthesia in Brachycephalics

    9,827 Views - 3 Comments Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anes.), discusses the special considerations for anesthesia in brachycephalic breeds. Differences in pre-operative and post-operative monitoring are covered.

    2 min 24 sec

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  • Vaccines: Why Are We Vaccinating

    11,753 Views - 2 Comments Becky Smith, CVT, VTS(Clinical Practice), from Rose City Veterinary Hospital, discusses the herd health immunity importance behind vaccines for dogs and cats. AAHA and AAFP core and non-core vaccines and...

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  • The Declaw Debate

    7,314 Views - 3 Comments The Oregon state legislature is voting this week on a bill that would almost outlaw declawing cats and debarking dogs. The reason I say almost is that there are a few exceptions to this bill. Declawi...
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  • Just Me and the Cats

    2,709 Views - 0 Comments Growing up, my siblings and I were animal lovers but never had many pets. We had to relocate often due to my dad’s Coast Guard career, and my parents were understandably wary of adding animals to our very...
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  • Urinary Catheter in a Male Dog

    12,495 Views - 6 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to place a urinary catheter in a male dog. In this case, the catheter was temporary meant to drain the bladder for patient comfort; a similar approach can b...

    3 min 19 sec

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  • Cleaning Kennels

    12,971 Views - 9 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to clean and disinfect a kennel between patients.

    2 min 11 sec

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  • When to Say Goodbye

    2,962 Views - 1 Comments My recent experience saying goodbye to our pug Lucy led me to the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program and Enid Traisman, program director and certified grief counselor. Ron: I work in a building where...
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  • My Two Favorite Superheroes

    2,697 Views - 1 Comments It has been a while since my last blog and I have been thinking what my few readers would find interesting. I think we all love superhero stories, but mine just so happen to be real. My favorite superhero...
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  • Pulse Oximetry (SpO2)

    14,560 Views - 1 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to obtain a pulse oximetry reading (SpO2) on a dog. A brief explanation of how the machine works is followed by best locations to obtain the reading....

    2 min 58 sec

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  • There's an Opossum in My Bed!

    2,580 Views - 1 Comments I was privileged to work at Veterinary Services of Wickford in Saunderstown, Rhode Island for five years. They not only take care of small animals and exotics but also have a wildlife clinic attached to t...
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  • Can vs. Should

    2,681 Views - 8 Comments Just because we can doesn’t mean we should… Those words are heard in ICUs around the country – for animal and people alike. We have reached a point where medicine can do amazing things, but it may not...
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  • Medical Errors

    6,830 Views - 0 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, takes this hour to discuss medical errors. She covers classification of errors, what to do when errors occur in the hospital, owner communication, and some personal exa...

    55 min

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  • Anesthesia Machine Basics

    30,830 Views - 9 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), explains the different parts to the anesthesia machine. She covers proper anesthetic circuit choice, appropriate oxygen flow rates, correct reservoir bag sizing, and pop-off...

    8 min 36 sec

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  • Why Do People Hate Leashes?

    2,833 Views - 5 Comments I want to know why so many dog owners think that it’s okay to have their dog off leash everywhere. Do dog owners think a “good” dog will walk next to them and only “bad” dogs need to be on a leash? They d...
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  • Nursing Scabies (Sarcoptic Mange)

    7,003 Views - 0 Comments Rose City Veterinary Hospital technician Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice), discusses appropriate personal protective equipment and cleaning procedures when dealing with a patient suffering from S...

    2 min 10 sec

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  • Providing Top Notch Customer Service

    23,696 Views - 5 Comments At DoveLewis we live and work in a 24-hour world where clients arrive at all hours in a variety of mental and emotional states. This helps keep us on our toes, but constantly dealing with the unknown...
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  • Safe Lifting

    12,753 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and assistant, Hannah Cohen, demonstrate the proper procedure for lifting a dog from the floor to the table.

    1 min 24 sec

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  • Can't We All Just Get Along?

    3,678 Views - 12 Comments I’m a fairly cynical person. It’s not a trait I’m necessarily proud of – while sarcasm is fun at cocktail parties it sometimes really poisons the genuinely good moments in life. Maybe it’s because I’m get...
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  • Don't Drink the Water - Leptospirosis in Dogs

    7,939 Views - 9 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses Leptospirosis in dogs including at risk populations, the disease progression, and treatment. Heavy emphasis is placed on proper barrier nursing care and zoonosis....

    55 min 4 sec

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  • Allergic to Overnights

    2,389 Views - 0 Comments I know I sound silly and slightly crazy, but I really think I’m allergic to the overnight shift. It starts just like any other allergic response minus the hives, rash (really glad I don’t g...
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  • Yogi Tech: From Saving Dogs to Downward Dog

    3,533 Views - 8 Comments I started working at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital over five years ago. Before that time I practiced yoga and did some light exercise but it was sporadic and sparse. I drank a lot, ate like a little...
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  • Laundry Protocol

    7,080 Views - 7 Comments DoveLewis technician assistant, Amy Lacey, discussed the various types of laundry in a veterinary hospital and the laundry protocol and communication strategies used at DoveLewis.

    2 min 51 sec

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  • Emptying Garbage

    5,254 Views - 0 Comments DoveLewis Technician Assistant, Amy Lacey, discusses some tips to remember when emptying the garbage at a veterinary hospital. 

    1 min 10 sec

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  • Floor Cleaning Protocol

    6,719 Views - 0 Comments DoveLewis Technician Assistant, Amy Lacey, describes the protocol for cleaning and disinfecting the hospital floors. In a 24 hr facility like DoveLewis, this happens at minimum every 12 hours with spot cl...

    1 min 37 sec

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  • Responsible Owners

    2,708 Views - 6 Comments September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month. Awesome, right? A whole month where we can talk about preventive care and a good diet and grooming and exercising and loving these wonderful animals we share...
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  • Myers-Briggs Thinking vs. Feeling

    5,355 Views - 2 Comments Monica Maxwell, SPHR, defines the major differences between thinkers and feelers, and how to work with both personalities, and also how to deal with both personalities from a client perspective. ...

    4 min 2 sec

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  • Ringworm Testing

    6,274 Views - 2 Comments On location at Rose City Veterinary Hospital, Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice Canine/Feline), demonstrates how to collect a sample for DTM culture to assist in diagnosing ringworm.

    3 min 45 sec

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  • Anesthesia Induction Box

    8,214 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), explains proper set-up and safety for using an anesthesia induction box to induce anesthesia in multiple species. The many drawbacks of this method of anesthesia induction a...

    2 min 55 sec

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  • Canoeing Down the Ebola River

    2,177 Views - 4 Comments I am obsessed with the Ebola virus and I have been for years. I own books titled The Coming Plague and Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC. For Christmas two years ago my sister gave me the book Spillover a...
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  • Bottle Feeding Kittens

    6,685 Views - 8 Comments Rachel Kinney, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the proper technique for bottle feeding orphaned kittens, including how much to feed them and how to care for them after each feeding.

    4 min 11 sec

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  • Site Update: New Training Plans!

    2,148 Views - 3 Comments Having pre-built and custom training plans available for our administrators will be the biggest addition to our website all year. On the Floor @Dove's new Training Plan feature ensures consist...
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  • Giardia SNAP Test

    7,059 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to perform a giardia SNAP test on feces collected from a dog.

    1 min 55 sec

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  • Canine Nail Trim

    11,296 Views - 0 Comments DoveLewis technician Rachel Kinney, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains how to perform a nail trim on a dog, mentioning both clear and opaque nails, and methods to stop bleeding if the blood vessel is inadvertently...

    3 min 28 sec

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  • Antiseptic Solution Protocol

    6,429 Views - 11 Comments DoveLewis Technician Assistant, Sarah Hunter, describes the protocol for changing bottles of alcohol, scrub, and solution stored on the hospital floor.

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  • Crash Cart Organization

    8,618 Views - 4 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks you through the crash cart organization at DoveLewis. She explains what items are kept where, and presents methods for putting together a crash cart for any practice....

    4 min 33 sec

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  • How I Learned When "Enough is Enough"

    2,250 Views - 6 Comments We have entered kitten season and with that comes trying to find foster families and homes. Luckily, the local county and private shelters do a great job with helping us out but there are still kittens th...
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  • Presenting Estimates

    9,275 Views - 4 Comments Christy Michael, BVMS, discusses the best way to train non-veterinarian staff to present an estimate to clients.

    5 min 6 sec

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  • Lavage in Surgery

    6,316 Views - 7 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses sterile lavage used in surgery including storage and use. 

    1 min 46 sec

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  • Veterinary Survival Tip: Bad Smells & Gagging

    3,094 Views - 5 Comments The best advice I've ever received for working/surviving at a veterinary hospital is: Whatever smelly lotion is available, put a dab/smear right under your nostrils to cover the hideous smell of __(fil...
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  • Bearded Dragon Supportive Care

    4,417 Views - 5 Comments On location at Southwest Animal Hospital, Veterinary Assistant, Justin During, demonstrates how to give injections, intracoelomic fluids, and syringe feed a sick bearded dragon patient.

    4 min 59 sec

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