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    Tiny Talk - Hypernatremia

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses hypernatremia in this tiny talk. Starting with a review of hypo and hypertonic solutions, she then moves to common causes, clinical signs, and treatment for elevated serum sodium levels.

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    Can't We All Just Get Along?

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    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 getting older, or maybe it’s...

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    Don't Drink the Water - Leptospirosis in Dogs

    Views: 8,493 - Comments: 9

    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. This talk is specifical...

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    Blood Cultures

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the proper preparation and procedure for collecting blood cultures performed in a dog hospitalized for a fever of unknown origin.

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    Acute Kidney Injury

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    Erika Loftin, DVM, DACVECC, gives an in-depth lecture about acute kidney injury. After a review of renal physiology, diagnostics, patient assessment, treatment modalities, drug pharmacology, and patient monitoring for kidney disea...

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    Allergic to Overnights

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    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 get a rash) and difficulty...

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    Yogi Tech: From Saving Dogs to Downward Dog

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    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 kid (lots of pizza and ju...

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    Laundry Protocol

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    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. Download Laundry Tags

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    Tiny Talk - Triage

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), gives an overview of emergency triage both on the phone and in the lobby of your clinic. Want more information on emergency triage? Check out Megan’s full length RACE approved lecture here.

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    Day by Day

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    Hey Everybody! Guess who's back?! Back again. Stephen's back. Tell a friend! It has been a very busy last few months for me. I am touched by and excited about all the interest in my field and will do my best to answer all the q...

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    Emptying Garbage

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    DoveLewis Technician Assistant, Amy Lacey, discusses some tips to remember when emptying the garbage at a veterinary hospital. 

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    Tiny Talk - Chocolate Toxicity

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), covers the basics of chocolate toxicity discussing toxic doses, clinical signs, and treatment plans for these patients. The holiday season is upon us, which means an increase in chocolate ingest...

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    Tremorogenic Mycotoxins

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses tremorgenic mycotoxins (in this case seen in a dog after ingesting garbage) and the emergency treatment of these patients prior to administering activated charcoal.

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    Mushroom Toxicity

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    A 4-year-old MN Border Collie presented to his primary veterinarian after a hike with his owners. During that hike, the dog suddenly started hallucinating, froze in place, and then began wildly running in all directions, crash...

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    Floor Cleaning Protocol

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    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 cleaning and disinfecting as...

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    Ebola Regrets

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    Ebola. It’s crazy now right? First case diagnosed in the United States, US citizens flying back from relief work in Africa to get treated in the US, a nurse’s aide in Spain having “no idea” where she got...

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    Xylitol Toxicity with Hepatic Necrosis

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    Erika Loftin, DVM, DACVECC, discusses a case from the ICU involving a small dog that ingested a large quantity of gum containing xylitol. This dog suffered hepatic necrosis and his treatment and prognosis are mentioned.

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    Responsible Owners

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    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 our homes with. But even a...

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    Blood Typing

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    Sharlee Santos, CVT, demonstrates how to perform a blood typing procedure on a dog prior to administering a blood transfusion. In-house testing kits can identify the DEA 1.1 blood type.

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    Myers-Briggs Thinking vs. Feeling

    Views: 5,812 - Comments: 2

    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. 

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    Ringworm Testing

    Views: 6,815 - Comments: 2

    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.

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    Insulin CRI Setup

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the proper technique for preparing an Insulin CRI for patient use.

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    Fever of Unknown Origin

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    Erika Loftin, DVM, DACVECC, gives a RACE approved lecture on the clinical signs, diagnostic considerations, and treatment strategies for veterinary patients suffering from a fever of unknown origin. This talk is specifically RA...

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    Procrastinating about Procrastination

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    Can I get a shout out from my fellow procrastinators? You know who you are. You’re probably surviving on coffee and Mountain Dew since you’re staying up all night every night this week to finish those conference pro...

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    That Research and Exotics Guy

    Views: 2,466 - Comments: 5

    That research and exotics guy, what’s he all about? Hey Everybody! I must say I am extremely excited to be asked to contribute to atdove.org and share my perspective and experiences. My background is a little different tha...

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    Anesthesia Induction Box

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    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 are also covered.

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    You Want Me to Put the Needle Where?

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, gives a RACE Approved lecture for veterinarians where she describes when and how to perform thoracocentesis, abdominocentesis, and pericardiocentesis in dogs and cats. This talk is specifical...

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    Canoeing Down the Ebola River

    Views: 2,371 - Comments: 4

    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 about scary viruses that li...

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    Bottle Feeding Kittens

    Views: 7,346 - Comments: 9

    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.

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    Site Update: New Training Plans!

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    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 consistent training for each empl...

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    Giardia SNAP Test

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to perform a giardia SNAP test on feces collected from a dog.

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    Canine Nail Trim

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    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 cut.

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    Respect

    Views: 2,433 - Comments: 6

    “I don’t get no respect” -Rodney Dangerfield I value respect very highly. In order to get it from me it has to be earned, and in turn I feel that if I work hard I should be able to earn your respect. T...

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    “Investing” in Pets

    Views: 2,575 - Comments: 1

    Every day at my job I see the amount of money clients are willing and able to spend on their pet (and often, limited to spending). The degree of pet care varies based on the client’s financial ability and their personal view...

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    Continuous Glucose Monitoring

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    Here in the ICU at DoveLewis, we have the opportunity to treat many patients with diabetic ketoacidosis either due to newly diagnosed diabetes or disregulation of a previously diagnosed diabetic patient. Previously diagnosed diabe...

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    Canine NG Tube Placement

    Views: 9,678 - Comments: 5

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to place a nasogastric feeding tube in a large dog. Proper placement, testing, and securing the tube are covered.

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    Where's Your Line?

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    ­It’s Christmas Eve, maybe 2002 and my dog Jack is vomiting and lethargic. I am not a veterinary technician yet, just a confused and worried client. My regular vet tells me that she’s worried about Jack and thinks he should be mon...

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    Antiseptic Solution Protocol

    Views: 6,952 - Comments: 11

    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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    Pyothorax

    Views: 6,155 - Comments: 0

    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, covers pyothorax causes, clinical signs, and treatment strategies in dogs and cats. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for 1.5 DVM or 1.5 Technician CE credits.

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    Syncope in a Cat

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses the diagnostic process, including ECG results, of a cat that presented to the emergency room suffering from syncope.

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    Crash Cart Organization

    Views: 9,258 - Comments: 6

    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. Download CPR Sheet

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    Advice for New Vet Techs

    Views: 8,202 - Comments: 23

    I had a first yesterday. At work. For someone who has been in emergency/critical care for almost 15 years, I don’t get too many firsts anymore. It was an 18-year-old cat with laryngeal paralysis and the owners elected to have a ti...

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    How I Learned When "Enough is Enough"

    Views: 2,528 - Comments: 6

    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 that we need to find placeme...

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    I Feel Guilty When I'm Not Working

    Views: 3,660 - Comments: 5

    I remember when I was eager for the open shifts to be posted so I could sign up for an extra one. When three days off in a row seemed excessive, I could fit in another shift. When I was happy to be interrupted with a phone call as...

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    Presenting Estimates

    Views: 9,960 - Comments: 4

    Christy Michael, BVMS, discusses the best way to train non-veterinarian staff to present an estimate to clients.

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    Major Crossmatch

    Views: 9,799 - Comments: 9

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to perform a major crossmatch prior to administering a blood transfusion. By matching the recipient to a specific donor, you can significantly decrease the chances of a transfusion...

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    Feline Blood Donation

    Views: 6,606 - Comments: 4

    Jill Greene, CVT, demonstrates how to obtain a blood donation from a donor cat. Knowledge of this procedure is important for feline blood banking and transfusion medicine.

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    Urine Output

    Views: 54,940 - Comments: 3

    Let’s talk urine. More specifically, let’s talk measuring urine output. Are you doing it? And on which patients? If you are measuring urine output are you interpreting the results to be meaningful to your patient? Urine output mea...

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    Salmon Poisoning Disease

    Views: 3,469 - Comments: 0

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses Salmon Poisoning Disease, a rickettsial disease in the Pacific NW. How the disease is contracted, clinical signs, and treatment measures are discussed.

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    Addicted to Caregiving

    Views: 2,494 - Comments: 9

    I was never a cat person. I grew up with dogs and pocket pets. After being a Pharmacy Technician for a few years I decided that I wanted to finally fulfill my lifelong dream of working with animals and I started working for an ani...

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