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    The ABCs of CVTs

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    Have you ever thought about how many acronyms we use on a daily basis? Some we know by heart, but other definitions remain a bit fuzzy. I took an informal census of our technical staff to see who knew the exact meaning of the term...

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    In-House Disposal of Leptospirosis Urine

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    Technician Assistant Manager at DoveLewis, Marisa Perring, explains the protocol used in-house at DoveLewis for the safe disposal of Leptospirosis urine.

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    Blood Products

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    Jill Greene, CVT, discusses various blood products and when and why to use them. A downloadable infographic on blood products is included. Blood Products Breakdown

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    Contrast Cystography

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    Amy Butler, DVM, MS, DACVECC, demonstrates how to perform a contrast cystography on a feline with a possible bladder defect after being hit by a car.

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    Anxious and Afraid

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    In this lecture, Jenn Fiendish, CVT, VTS (Behavior), discusses fear and anxiety in cats and dogs. Common presentations, management techniques, treatment strategies are covered. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for 1.5...

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    Underwater Treadmill Preparation

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    Mandi Blackwelder, DVM, CCRP, discusses the patient preparation for the underwater treadmill and what happens when there is an accident in the water.

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    Underwater Treadmill Use

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    Mandi Blackwelder, DVM, CCRP, discusses the uses and functionality of the underwater treadmill and how it can help rehabilitate patients.

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    7 Tips for Happy Pets on Halloween

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    Guest blogger and behavior specialist, Jenn Fiendish, CVT, VTS (Behavior), discusses important things to keep in mind while educating clients this Halloween: We all know the dangers of chocolate and pets, but what about the anx...

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    When Society Labels You a Killer

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    UPDATE: The Quebec Court of Appeal has lifted the temporary suspension of Montreal’s pitbull ban, putting the bylaw into effect. Pit Bulls have recently been all over the news as the target of a controversial ban which came aft...

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    Urine Specimen Handling

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    Sarah Harris, CVT, demonstrates how to properly handle a urine sample prior to labeling and analysis.

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    Tiny Talk – Critical Thinking

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    Christy Michael, BVMS, describes critical thinking and why it is such a vital skill for everyone on the veterinary team.

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    Feline Restraint: Low-Stress Handling

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates low-stress handling techniques for non-aggressive cats.

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    Summer Feline Toxins

    Views: 6,217 - Comments: 2

    With the arrival of summer and that warm weather, for which us Pacific Northwesterners are starved, comes an increase in the cases of specific cat toxins we see. The flowers are blooming and the bugs are out in full force! These f...

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    Porcupine Quill Removal

    Views: 8,001 - Comments: 5

    Katherine Earl, DVM, discusses the removal of porcupine quills, treatment and pain control.

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    Clipper Care

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    Think about the last procedure you used clippers for.. Was it shaving a wound? Cutting out matted hair and fecal matter? Or just prepping to place a catheter? Whatever is was, it's important to remember that we need to take care o...

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    What to Expect on the Fourth of July

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    Like most clinics, Fourth of July is DoveLewis’ busiest holiday. Patient numbers rise in the summer as more pets are outdoors with their owners enjoying the weather, which means more chances for pets and owners to make poor decisi...

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    Cleaning Checklists

    Views: 9,729 - Comments: 2

    DoveLewis Technician Assistant, Leilani Baker, gives an overview of the cleaning checklists and why this system is important in any hospital. A sample cleaning checklist is available for download.

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    Dog Bite Prevention Q & A

    Views: 16,569 - Comments: 2

    DoveLewis Safety Manager Coby Richter answers some common questions about dog bite prevention. She discusses important precautions that all of our staff members take and how our policy regarding muzzling was developed....

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    Hemocytometer White Blood Cell Count

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to perform a manual white blood cell count using a hemocytometer. This procedure is infrequently used due to the technology available to many hospitals, but is a good skill to have i...

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    Is There a Cure for When You’re a Workaholic?

    Views: 3,634 - Comments: 6

    Is there a cure when you’re a workaholic? I am a workaholic. I come from a long line of focused, hardworking people who lived their lives with determined energy. And honestly, for many of my ancestors before me, this drive was...

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    Respiratory Distress: Emergency Treatment

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    When faced with a patient in respiratory distress or arrest, the timing of patient assessment and intervention is critical. First one must determine if the patient is in respiratory arrest, regardless of the underlying cause....

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    Never Stop Learning

    Views: 5,106 - Comments: 8

    This is a mantra here at atdove.org. It’s one of the main reasons for the development of this website and why I have spent the last 5 years working to create the videos and articles found here – because I believe so strongly that...

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    Removing a Needle from a Cat’s Soft Palate

    Views: 6,470 - Comments: 1

    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, shows radiographs of a cat with a sewing needle lodged in her tongue and soft palate, and then demonstrates her strategy for removing the needle safely.

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    Spring Weather Preparedness

    Views: 4,336 - Comments: 1

    Spring Has Sprung! Watch Out for Wild Weather! Tornadoes, lightning, floods, rip currents and early season heat - spring dangers rampage across the United States throughout March, April and May. And there’s one hazard tha...

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    Getting Started with Dental Charting

    Views: 11,080 - Comments: 4

    Becky Smith, CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice), of Rose City Veterinary Hospital discusses the importance of dental charting, how to get started with dental charting in your practice, and the different abnormalities to chart in canine...

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    How We Keep Our Dogs From Barking

    Views: 6,755 - Comments: 5

    We’ve been doing yoga, coloring sheets, having healthy snacks, and taking extra time for ourselves because it’s self-care month at DoveLewis. But there’s one topic that’s got us all talking: our shoes! So w...

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    My Fear of Wellness Month

    Views: 3,153 - Comments: 7

    Let’s start with the basics: I’m new to my employer and have been with the company for 90 days. I’ve been put in charge of spearheading Wellness and Self Care Month for our 115 employees. Now the complicated factors: I do not c...

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    Fractured Canine Root Canal

    Views: 4,725 - Comments: 0

    VCA Raleigh Hills Dental Center’s Rebecca Martin, DVM, performs a root canal on a fractured canine. The process of performing a root canal is covered as well as reasoning behind each decision made along the way.

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    Are You Taking Dental Radiographs?

    Views: 3,905 - Comments: 1

    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 attention and is kind of an afte...

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    But I Swear She’s Sick!

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    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 warning was quite shocking...

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    Albuterol Administration

    Views: 6,467 - Comments: 2

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

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    Skin Cytology

    Views: 8,466 - Comments: 3

    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.

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    Wellness Program

    Views: 4,721 - Comments: 1

    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 the wellness options for e...

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    Veterinary View of the Holidays

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    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 the holidays, we see an in...

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    Art Therapy

    Views: 4,242 - Comments: 0

    Enid Traisman, CT, MSW, discusses the benefits of art therapy to veterinary staff, and describes how DoveLewis has instituted art therapy for employees.

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    Present Tense

    Views: 3,439 - Comments: 10

    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 travel? Spend all of your money...

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    Burette Use

    Views: 11,841 - Comments: 10

    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.

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    Cleaning Exam Rooms

    Views: 13,427 - Comments: 6

    DoveLewis technician assistant, Amy Lacey, describes the procedure for cleaning an exam room before the next patient arrives.

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    Anesthesia in Brachycephalics

    Views: 10,728 - Comments: 3

    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.

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    Vaccines: Why Are We Vaccinating

    Views: 13,300 - Comments: 2

    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 the diseases they protect...

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    The Declaw Debate

    Views: 7,777 - Comments: 3

    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. Declawing a cat would be allowed...

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    Just Me and the Cats

    Views: 2,972 - Comments: 0

    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 mobile family. Early on i...

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    Urinary Catheter in a Male Dog

    Views: 14,051 - Comments: 6

    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 be used for an indwelling u...

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    Cleaning Kennels

    Views: 15,029 - Comments: 10

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to clean and disinfect a kennel between patients.

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    When to Say Goodbye

    Views: 3,301 - Comments: 1

    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 end of life for animals i...

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    My Two Favorite Superheroes

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    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 superheroes have saved countless li...

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    Pulse Oximetry (SpO2)

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    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.

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    There's an Opossum in My Bed!

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    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 the building. The Wildlife...

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    Can vs. Should

    Views: 2,956 - Comments: 8

    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 always be working for us....

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    Medical Errors

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    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 examples of medical errors an...

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