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  • Tiny Talk – GDV The First 15 Minutes

    7,303 Views - 3 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks about gastric dilatation volvulus and how to approach these patients in the first few minutes of their arrival at the hospital. Shock, perfusion, pain management, and...

    9 min 42 sec

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  • Present Tense

    2,873 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

    9,070 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

    9,787 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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  • Are You Being Utilized?

    2,846 Views - 6 Comments I love giving lectures at veterinary conferences. Love it. I get the opportunity to talk about what I love, to share my passion with equally nerdy technicians, and I get to hear about medicine and cases i...
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  • Anesthesia in Brachycephalics

    8,460 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

    9,942 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...

    1 hour 50 sec

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  • Activated Clotting Time

    Length: 346 - 6,133 Views - 6 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to perform an activated clotting time test. With the current backorder of in-house PT/aPTT tests, veterinary staff may be called on to perform this test mor...

    5 min 46 sec

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  • The Declaw Debate

    6,815 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

    2,385 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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  • End Tidal C02: Worth the Investment?

    10,841 Views - 4 Comments If I were to take away all of your fancy anesthesia monitoring equipment save ONE monitoring parameter, which would you choose to keep? Between heart rate/ECG, ETC02, Sp02, blood pressure (non-invasive...
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  • Journal Club II

    1,974 Views - 0 Comments Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, does the work for you by summarizing practical evidence based information from the last year in veterinary journals. Topics include urinary tract disease in dogs, antibiotic use...

    56 min 33 sec

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  • Urinary Catheter in a Male Dog

    10,152 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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  • Why I Left Nursing

    8,811 Views - 6 Comments Having an RN at the end of my name gave me everything I wanted. I completed nursing school at 26 years of age after completing a master’s degree in Trumpet Performance at USC. I had two babies 11 months a...
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  • Cleaning Kennels

    10,746 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

    2,615 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

    2,335 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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  • Tiny Talk - Hypokalemia

    3,525 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses hypokalemia in dogs and cats. Common causes, clinical signs, treatment, and patient monitoring are covered.

    4 min 26 sec

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  • Tiny Talk – Heart Rate and Anesthesia

    11,141 Views - 3 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses the common causes of tachycardia and bradycardia under anesthesia. By emphasizing the big picture, she discusses ways the anesthetist can determine the cause and b...

    8 min 41 sec

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  • Critical Thinking in Critical Care

    9,960 Views - 3 Comments The intensive care unit (ICU) is literally where life and death decisions are made. I have seen firsthand, over the past 12 years working in the ICU, how important critical thinking is to providing premie...
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  • Pulse Oximetry (SpO2)

    11,949 Views - 0 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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  • Feline Acne

    4,142 Views - 0 Comments Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses feline acne in a cat. While not usually considered an emergency, it can prove painful to the cat and distressing to the owner. Diagnosing true feline acne as...

    6 min 52 sec

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  • There's an Opossum in My Bed!

    2,186 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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  • Tiny Talk - Hyponatremia

    Length: 437 - 2,994 Views - 0 Comments Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), covers the basics of hyponatremia in dogs and cats. Common causes, clinical signs, treatment, and monitoring are covered.

    7 min 17 sec

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  • Can vs. Should

    2,361 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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  • Think Positive

    2,128 Views - 0 Comments Daily affirmations were not invented by Saturday Night Live's Stuart Smalley, but this character played by comedian Al Franken popularized - though undoubtedly also mocked - the idea of affirmation...
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  • Transfusion Medicine to the Rescue

    4,561 Views - 0 Comments 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...
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  • Medical Errors

    5,891 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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  • Acetylcysteine Administration

    4,630 Views - 11 Comments Rachel Kinney, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates the procedure for administering acetlycysteine to a patient. Appropriate drug dilution and IV administration protocol are covered.

    3 min 12 sec

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  • Anesthesia Machine Basics

    26,036 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?

    2,438 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)

    6,101 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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  • Somebody Has to Be the Adult

    1,828 Views - 4 Comments 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 heat...
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  • Diabetic Complications

    11,628 Views - 1 Comments 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 mel...
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  • Tiny Talk - Hyperkalemia

    3,193 Views - 3 Comments 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.

    6 min 56 sec

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  • Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time (BMBT)

    9,379 Views - 4 Comments 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 es...

    4 min 16 sec

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  • Providing Top Notch Customer Service

    17,774 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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  • Lifters and Leaners Part 2

    2,633 Views - 0 Comments 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...

    53 min 6 sec

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  • Have Dog, Will Travel

    1,348 Views - 0 Comments 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...
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  • Enteral Nutrition

    10,214 Views - 0 Comments 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 pat...
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  • Safe Lifting

    10,402 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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  • Tiny Talk - Hypernatremia

    2,559 Views - 0 Comments 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 elevat...

    7 min 47 sec

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  • Can't We All Just Get Along?

    3,305 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

    6,714 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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  • Blood Cultures

    3,709 Views - 4 Comments 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.

    2 min 35 sec

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  • Acute Kidney Injury

    3,237 Views - 3 Comments 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 m...

    1 hour 8 min

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  • Allergic to Overnights

    1,971 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

    3,077 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

    5,892 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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  • Tiny Talk - Triage

    7,525 Views - 0 Comments 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 approv...

    10 min 38 sec

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