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  • 7 Tips for Happy Pets on Halloween

    2,532 Views - 1 Comments 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 pe...
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  • Leveling Up as a Vet Tech

    5,164 Views - 6 Comments Veterinary technicians are essential in any veterinary clinic but they can come in many forms. Having grown up as a gamer, I can most easily define these forms as technician levels: Level One: Newbie...
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  • Technician Appreciation

    1,725 Views - 0 Comments It’s National Veterinary Technician Week! DoveLewis is spending this week showering our amazing Technician and Assistant staff with the attention they deserve and highlighting the important role they play...
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  • When Society Labels You a Killer

    3,748 Views - 7 Comments 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 contro...
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  • Urine Specimen Handling

    8,417 Views - 2 Comments Sarah Harris, CVT, demonstrates how to properly handle a urine sample prior to labeling and analysis.

    1 min 47 sec

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  • Tiny Talk – Critical Thinking

    8,468 Views - 0 Comments Christy Michael, BVMS, describes critical thinking and why it is such a vital skill for everyone on the veterinary team.

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  • From CVT to CSR to CVT Again... A Journey

    4,261 Views - 9 Comments I have been a CVT for just over 2 years now, the majority of that time spent in emergency medicine. During a late night in the ER I tried to take on a dog that was just a little too much for me,...
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  • Ultrasound Guided Cystocentesis

    9,714 Views - 0 Comments Sarah Harris, CVT, demonstrates the proper technique for performing an ultrasound guided cystocentesis.

    2 min 40 sec

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  • Feline Restraint: Low-Stress Handling

    16,654 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates low-stress handling techniques for non-aggressive cats.

    2 min 58 sec

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  • NW by SW

    2,124 Views - 0 Comments Josh Cruz, DVM, takes us through case based examples of maladies common to the Southwest United States, with a focus on diagnostics, therapeutics, and interventions that are applicable to emergencies in t...

    1 hour 44 sec

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  • Adopting Special Needs Cats

    2,969 Views - 3 Comments If you have read my previous blogs then you are aware of my addiction to caregiving and that I tried to stop rescuing. I did my best to stop but the special needs cats always pull so hard on my heartstrin...
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  • Summer Feline Toxins

    5,847 Views - 2 Comments 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...
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  • Porcupine Quill Removal

    7,535 Views - 5 Comments Katherine Earl, DVM, discusses the removal of porcupine quills, treatment and pain control.

    2 min 23 sec

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  • What to Expect on the Fourth of July

    2,122 Views - 0 Comments 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...
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  • Tiny Talk - Toxicities the First 10 Minutes

    Length: 472 - 5,145 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses strategies and treatments for toxin ingestion.

    7 min 52 sec

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  • Diagnosis and Management of Splenic Diseases

    3,804 Views - 0 Comments Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, discusses the spleen and emergency management of patients with splenic diseases. Diagnosis and patient stabilization are covered with a majority of the talk focused on surgical t...

    1 hour 8 sec

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  • Adapting to the Technician Shortage

    6,138 Views - 16 Comments This year I helped make a decision that caused a considerable amount of strife among the DoveLewis technician staff and even anger and disappointment for a few of my most senior technicians.  No one...
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  • Ruptured Urethra Catheterization Using Fluoroscopy

    3,234 Views - 2 Comments Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, uses a fluoroscope to assist in the placement of a urinary catheter in a dog with a ruptured urethra and fractured pelvis from vehicular trauma. Patient follow up with removal of...

    5 min 36 sec

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  • Von Willebrand Disease

    6,530 Views - 0 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, gives a quick overview of Von Willebrand disease and discusses the treatment strategy for a dog previously diagnosed with the disease that presented to the hospita...

    5 min 2 sec

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  • Tick Paralysis

    5,907 Views - 0 Comments Adam Stone, VMD, discusses a case of tick paralysis and the amazing recovery made once the tick was removed from the patient.

    2 min 36 sec

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  • Cleaning Checklists

    9,055 Views - 2 Comments 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 downloa...

    2 min 9 sec

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  • Dog Bite Prevention Q & A

    15,124 Views - 0 Comments 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...
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  • Wound Management of a Complex Dog Bite

    8,655 Views - 3 Comments A 6 year old Female spayed Maine Coon cat was mauled by a dog sustaining severe injuries to her left forefoot including loss of the second digit. The wounds were debrided and partially closed by her prima...
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  • Emergency Preparedness For Your Clinic

    4,113 Views - 0 Comments Safety Manager of DoveLewis, Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, discusses a few disaster preparedness precautions that we take as a 24-hour facility.

    6 min 10 sec

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  • Hemocytometer White Blood Cell Count

    5,220 Views - 0 Comments 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...

    8 min 47 sec

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

    3,447 Views - 6 Comments 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...
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  • Respiratory Distress: Emergency Treatment

    19,392 Views - 4 Comments 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...
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  • Never Stop Learning

    4,857 Views - 8 Comments 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...
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  • Removing a Needle from a Cat’s Soft Palate

    6,229 Views - 1 Comments 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.

    4 min 51 sec

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  • Spring Weather Preparedness

    4,207 Views - 1 Comments 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 th...
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  • Getting Started with Dental Charting

    10,287 Views - 4 Comments 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 abnorma...

    1 hour 3 min

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  • Client Call Backs

    5,405 Views - 4 Comments Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses how client call backs are performed at the hospital and our philosophy for follow up in the ER.

    1 min 2 sec

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  • How We Keep Our Dogs From Barking

    6,527 Views - 5 Comments 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 al...
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  • My Fear of Wellness Month

    2,995 Views - 7 Comments 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 compl...
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  • Fractured Canine Root Canal

    4,522 Views - 0 Comments 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 t...

    16 min 33 sec

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  • Are You Taking Dental Radiographs?

    3,619 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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  • Hemoabdomen in the ICU

    6,736 Views - 5 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses the medical treatments of a dog that presented to the ER with an acute hemoabdomen. Stabilization prior to surgery, anesthesia, and post-operative stabil...

    4 min 24 sec

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  • But I Swear She’s Sick!

    4,542 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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  • ETCO2: What Every Technician Should Know

    Length: 67 - 17,722 Views - 29 Comments Chantal Faraudo, CVT, CVPP, provides a practical overview to using end-tidal CO2 monitoring in practice. She covers different types of equipment, what ETCO2 is telling us, how to troubleshoot problems wit...

    1 hour 3 min

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  • Albuterol Administration

    6,085 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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  • Root Canal Discussion

    3,388 Views - 0 Comments Rebecca Martin, DVM, from VCA Dental Center Raleigh Hills discusses a case about a dog presenting with a fractured canine tooth. Dr. Martin shows and talks through the radiographs of this tooth and descri...

    3 min 6 sec

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  • Skin Cytology

    7,949 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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  • In Memory Of…

    2,799 Views - 13 Comments I’ve been a technician working in emergency medicine for a long time. I have worked on some amazing patients and seen diseases and traumas and broken animals gleefully skip out the front door; proud of my...
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  • Wellness Program

    4,404 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

    3,638 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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  • Tiny Talk - ETCO2 in Anesthesia

    10,911 Views - 3 Comments In this Tiny Talk, Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses end tidal CO2 and why it is important to monitor in anesthetized patients. Understanding what that value means to the patient and tips for keep...

    5 min 6 sec

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  • Feline Bladder Palpation

    10,964 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to palpate a bladder in cats. This skill is useful for potential urinary obstructions as well as prior to cystocentesis.

    3 min 9 sec

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  • Art Therapy

    3,982 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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  • Clotting Times

    6,964 Views - 3 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to obtain blood to perform a PT and aPTT bedside clotting tests in a dog.

    4 min 3 sec

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  • GDV: The Surgeon’s Perspective

    5,132 Views - 0 Comments Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, covers gastric dilatation-volvulus from presentation to post-operative recovery. The majority of her talk focuses on the surgical correction of GDV including splenectomy, gastrec...

    1 hour 31 min

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