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    Better Out Than In: Thoracocentesis for Pleural Effusion

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    The presence of pleural effusion and subsequent presentation of the dyspneic patient is a common emergency in both the dog and cat. Unfortunately, the onset of clinical symptoms for pleural effusion is often so severe and acute th...

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    Supporting a Grieving Veterinary Colleague

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    When a member of our hospital experiences the death of a personal pet, we all understand the pain they are going through. We know how hard it is to come to work and focus while feeling sad. And while we do an awesome job supportin...

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    Veterinary Financial Coordinator Interview

    Views: 3,597 - Comments: 4

    Financial Coordinator at DoveLewis, Amy O’Daly, discusses her job description, how it fits in to the flow of the hospital, and her tips for talking about money with clients. This video is helpful for anyone responsible for discuss...

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    Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s Disease) in Dogs

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    Hypoadrenocorticism (HA) is a deficiency of the adrenal cortex to produce mineralocorticoids and glucocorticoids. Aldosterone is responsible for potassium excretion, sodium retention and water reabsorption. Cortisol has a cataboli...

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    Checking Pulses in Dogs

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the most common locations for palpating pulses in dogs.

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    Canine and Feline CPR for Veterinary Staff

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), presents the DoveLewis yearly canine/feline CPR staff training, starting with updated information from the RECOVER initiative and then practicing CPR with various staff members.The most important asp...

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    Checking Pulses in Cats

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates the most common locations to palpate pulses on a cat.

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    Max and My Grief

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    If you’ve seen our Fractious Cat video, then you’ve met my oldest cat Max, who really has been fired from four vet offices in his fifteen years of life. This week Max was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Wh...

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    I Don’t Care

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    I don't care. Well... that’s how I feel at work some days, due to compassion fatigue. Usually I’m more than happy to speak with a client regarding their pet’s charges, but on my bad days I’m hes...

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    Medical Math - Calculating Fluid Additives

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to calculate the amount of drug to add to a full and partially full bag of IV fluids.

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    Medical Math - Calculating Drug Doses by Weight

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to calculate the amount of drug to be given to a patient when the order is written in mg/kg.

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    What Causes My Compassion Fatigue?

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    After being a veterinary technician for over 10 years, I’ve discovered there are many more ways to become compassion fatigued in the field than I ever thought. I’m sure many people may think, as I previously did, th...

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    Veterinary People and Our "Lemon" Pets

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    Recently, my wife and I decided to let one of our dogs die… That might be a controversial way to say it, but that is exactly what we did. As sad as that situation is, we are at peace with our decision just like we all wa...

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    Dealing with Personal Grief as a Veterinary Professional

    Views: 4,127 - Comments: 16

    Working where I work and doing what I do, I have a lot of experience with death. I’ve seen it go well. I’ve seen it go horribly awfully bad. I’ve seen people make decisions I agree with, and others I would nev...

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    RadLand: Coughing

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    A fourteen-year-old female spayed Labrador Retriever presented with a six-month history of a progressive cough, exercise intolerance and weight loss. Based on her presentation, the primary differentials were laryngeal paralysis an...

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    Canine Castration (Neuter)

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    Glynis McCorkle, DVM (with assistance from Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS) performs a routine castration (neuter) on a canine.

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    The Value in Veterinary Sympathy Cards

    Views: 11,759 - Comments: 5

    Often during pet loss support groups, clients mention how deeply they appreciated receiving a condolence card from their veterinary clinic after the loss of their pet. This thoughtful act validates that you care about the speci...

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    Coccygeal Block

    Views: 9,218 - Comments: 13

    Christy Michael, BVMS, demonstrates how to perform a coccygeal block on a cat, ideal pain management for cats suffering from a urethral obstruction.

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    How to Hire a Veterinarian

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    When I tell people I work at a veterinary clinic they think I spend my day playing with puppies and kittens. While singing. After having bluebirds help me get dressed in the morning. Okay, so it’s possible I am exaggerating. Pi...

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    Tiny Talk - Mushroom Toxicity

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    Megan Brashear, CVT ,VTS (ECC), explains the types of mushrooms toxic to dogs, their presenting symptoms, and some cases we've seen at our hospital. This Tiny Talk topic was voted on by our atdove.org Facebook community! Our To...

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    Retrobulbar Cellulitis

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    A 10 year old male neutered domestic shorthair feline presented with a 24 hour history of exophthalmia and chemosis OD. On exam the patient was normo-thermic with a temperature of 101.5 with a normal heart rate and respiratory rat...

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    Constant Communication for Our Clients

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    At DoveLewis we live and work in a 24-hour world where clients arrive at all hours, and they’re in a variety of mental and emotional states. This helps keep us on our toes but always dealing with the unknown of what could...

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    Continuous Thoracic Suction

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to set up a Thora-Seal™ and attach it to a patient to provide continuous thoracic drainage and suction.

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    Emergency Thoracocentesis

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    Meredith Rose, CVT, VTS (ECC), and Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discuss an ER case in which a dog presented in severe respiratory distress and needed an emergency thoracocentesis performed.

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    Albuterol Toxicity

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, explains albuterol toxicity; the clinical signs, treatment and monitoring of these patients.

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    Grow Your Practice with Social Media

    Views: 2,247 - Comments: 2

    Content Specialist, Sarah Crisp, talks through the importance of social media in the veterinary business and how to use it correctly to grow support for your practice.  *Please note: Due to constant API changes and website...

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    Social Media Discussions: Client Complaints

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    CEO of DoveLewis, Ron Morgan, and Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discuss negative client communications on social media, using a case study from a client post on the DoveLewis Facebook page. To read our official online response to...

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    Diarrhea and the Veterinary Technician

    Views: 5,330 - Comments: 4

    I think they plan it this way. I think the pets have a city-wide meeting and plot and plan to all eat the same desiccated cat poop, chew on the same squirrel carcass, roll in the same dead seagull on the coast, and then show up at...

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    Pyrethrins: Fact or Fiction

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    Pyrethrins are a plague visited upon our planet by cat hating celestial beings in an attempt to eradicate their very existence. Fiction. Pyrethrin is a naturally occurring insecticide that comes from the chrysanthemum flowers co...

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    Licking Our Wounds: E-Collars and Client Compliance

    Views: 2,877 - Comments: 5

    Recently I’ve had a few cases of "E-collar failure" in post-op. Sure, the E-collar was sent home. ON the pet. Yes, its use was explained and justified. Yes, instructions were typed in clear fashion, read to...

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    Urinary Catheter Discussion

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), explains the differences in common urinary catheter varieties, and how they serve specific patient needs.

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    Gallbladder Mucocele Q&A

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    For reasons unknown, gallbladder mucocele is an increasingly common cause of acute abdomen requiring emergency surgery in dogs. Because we are diagnosing and treating more of these cases, clinical experience and research on th...

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    Medical Math - Preparing Dextrose Solutions

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks through how to perform the calculations necessary to create dextrose solutions.

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    Hiring Right the First Time

    Views: 3,131 - Comments: 2

    Monica Maxwell, SPHR, gives tips and advice on how to properly research and interview candidates to make sure you get the right fit for your practice. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for one DVM or Technician CE credi...

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    Medical Math - Converting Pounds to Kilograms

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to calculate a patients weight from pounds to kilograms, and from kilograms to pounds.

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    Basic Canine Restraint

    Views: 31,297 - Comments: 5

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS(ECC, Anes.), CVPP, demonstrate basic techniques for restraining dogs for common procedures.

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    Basic Feline Restraint

    Views: 32,253 - Comments: 11

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), and Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS(ECC, Anes.), CVPP, demonstrate common restraint techniques for cats.

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    Inventory Management

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    DoveLewis Inventory Specialist Erin Sochocky, CVT, discusses her system for ordering and managing inventory in a busy 24hr veterinary hospital.

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    The Client Connection

    Views: 2,279 - Comments: 7

    Ask a room full of veterinary professionals why they chose veterinary medicine over human medicine. You’ll get a smattering of answers “I want to help the animals”; “I fell in love with James Herriot as...

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    Feline Dental Radiographs

    Views: 9,401 - Comments: 1

    Lisa Davis, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), demonstrates positioning and how to perform full mouth dental radiographs on a cat.

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    Mandibular and Infraorbital Block (Local Anesthesia)

    Views: 7,730 - Comments: 4

    Lisa Davis, CVT, VTS (Dentistry) demonstrates how to perform a mandibular block and an infraorbital block to provide regional anesthesia during dental extractions.

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    Sharpening Dental Instruments

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    Lisa Davis, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), explains the whys and hows of sharpening dental instruments.

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    Anesthesia for Dental Procedures

    Views: 14,235 - Comments: 1

    It’s February!  A whole month full of hearts, flowers, pink and red hand-made cards, sugary stomach aches, tarter and halitosis.  I am not referring to an awkward conversation you need to have with your hubby.  The...

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    Canine Dental Radiographs

    Views: 11,489 - Comments: 2

    Lisa Davis CVT, VTS (Dentistry), of North Portland Veterinary Hospital demonstrates how to position and perform full mouth radiographs on a dog.

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    Feline Dental Prophylaxis

    Views: 9,716 - Comments: 1

    Amber Bradshaw, CVT, of North Portland Veterinary Hospital explains and performs the steps of a full dental cleaning on a cat, including assessment, scaling, measuring periodontal pockets, and removing calculus.

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    Management of Traumatic Wounds in a Cat

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    Management of patients with traumatic wounds is a common and often challenging situation. The injuries must be immediately assessed and a treatment plan made taking into account any comorbidities the patient may be experiencing. T...

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    Pet Dental Health Month: I Hate Dentals

    Views: 3,329 - Comments: 8

    There are very specific reasons why I am in the emergency field. I’ve been at DoveLewis since I graduated from tech school. Because of that, people think that this is the only job I’ve had in the veterinary world. I...

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    Basic Dental Instruments

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    Lisa Davis, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), of North Portland Veterinary Hospital presents the standard basic dental instruments used for veterinary dental procedures.

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    Canine Dental Prophylaxis

    Views: 14,214 - Comments: 2

    Amber Bradshaw, CVT, of North Portland Veterinary Hospital explains and performs the steps of a full dental cleaning (prophylaxis) on a dog, including assessment, scaling, measuring periodontal pockets, and removing calculus.

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    Head Trauma with Fractures

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    A 2-year-old neutered male Irish Setter presented to an emergency clinic after leaping from a moving vehicle (estimated vehicle speed 25 mph). At presentation he exhibited multiple soft tissue and bone injuries to his face with mi...

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