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    Transfusion Medicine to the Rescue

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    A seven-year-old, 6.3kg, spayed female Border Terrier was referred to DoveLewis for evaluation of pleural effusion and coagulopathy. She had originally presented to her primary veterinarian earlier in the day due to a 24-hour hist...

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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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    Acetylcysteine Administration

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    Rachel Kinney, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates the procedure for administering acetlycysteine to a patient. Appropriate drug dilution and IV administration protocol are covered.

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    Anesthesia Machine Basics

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    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 valve safety.

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    Why Do People Hate Leashes?

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    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 don’t realize the leash is...

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    Nursing Scabies (Sarcoptic Mange)

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    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 Sarcoptic Mange.

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    Somebody Has to Be the Adult

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    Somebody has to be the adult. This is one of my favorite phrases when teaching pet first aid classes to the animal loving public. It comes up in almost every preventive situation. How to prevent heatstroke? Keep your dog insi...

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    Diabetic Complications

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    Diabetes mellitus is a disease of glucose dysregulation secondary to relative insulin resistance (non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus) or an absolute insulin deficiency (insulin dependent diabetes mellitus). The pathophysiolog...

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    Tiny Talk - Hyperkalemia

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    In this tiny talk, Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses hyperkalemia in dogs and cats. Reasons for hyperkalemia, clinical signs of, and treatment strategies are discussed.

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    Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time (BMBT)

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and assistant Sue Marcoe perform a buccal mucosal bleeding time (BMBT) test in a dog prior to an elective surgical procedure. This test measures platelet function and is especially helpful in dogs w...

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    Providing Top Notch Customer Service

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    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 of what could walk through...

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    Lifters and Leaners Part 2

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    CEO of DoveLewis, Ron Morgan, continues his series on employee engagement. Topics discussed include motivating different types of employees and management tips for employee discipline, documentation, and handling passive aggressiv...

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    Have Dog, Will Travel

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    It’s January 2nd and I know what you’re all thinking... It’s National Pet Travel Safety Day! Well, maybe not all of you were thinking that, but after rolling the idea around in my head for a minute I realized how often I trav...

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    Enteral Nutrition

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    The fundamental question of why to feed critical patients has been confidently answered by studies in human patients demonstrating increases in infection rates, hospital stays, and antibiotic usage in patients that are fasted or “...

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    Safe Lifting

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

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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: 8,810 - 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

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    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: 7,142 - 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

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    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: 2,461 - 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: 7,677 - 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

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    “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

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    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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