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    Pet Sitter Emergencies: What Up With That?

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    In the years that I have been working emergency medicine I’ve noticed a disproportionate number of emergencies occurring while pets are in the care of a pet sitter. This is not to say that the pet sitters are not doing th...

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    Blood Draw Medial Saphenous – Feline

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    Brandi Faries, CVT, demonstrates how to draw a small blood sample from the medial saphenous vein of a cat.

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    Veterinary Life in Alaska - 144 Hours - The End

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    It’s day 5. My last day at Far Country Animal Hospital. In some ways it’s been a really long week, but I still can’t believe I’m done! Last night before leaving, one of the techs asked me if I’d be there in the morning because she...

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    Veterinary Life in Alaska - 96 Hours

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    Bring it on Alaska. I’m ready. Day 4 started with… silence. That was the sound that greeted me when I turned on the shower this morning. Silence. Same thing at the sink. Oohhhhh noooooooo the pipes are frozen. I’m staying with Dr....

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    Veterinary Life in Alaska - 72 Hours

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    Day 3 of the Great Alaska Experience. I’m able to recognize people and call them by the right name. I’m doing very well. Today one of the doctors at Far Country asked me what I expect from my doctors. I’ve had a lot of question...

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    What's That Smell? Pet Dental Health Month

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    Ah, yes, it’s dental month!! Yay! I love the smell of perio in the morning. When I know there is a Grade 4 dental coming in the next day, I am like a kid on Christmas Eve. I can’t sleep, thinking about how spectacul...

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    Veterinary Life in Alaska - 48 Hours

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    Captain’s Log: Stardate 29 January 2013 [It’s time to admit that I’ve never seen an entire episode of the original Star Trek. I don’t know what “stardate” means.] Day 2 of the great Alas...

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    Feline Upper Respiratory Infection

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    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, discusses common feline upper respiratory infections (URI) and how to diagnose, treat, and manage these diseases in and out of the hospital. This talk is specifically RACE-approved for one DVM or one T...

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    Veterinary Life in Alaska - 24 Hours

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    This trip to Alaska is not just about me teaching. It’s about me learning. And after 24 hours in this state I have learned a couple things. The cold really isn’t that bad. 17 below is cold, don’t get me wrong. But it’s man...

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    Radland: Collapse

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    A 12-year-old female spayed Chihuahua presented to DoveLewis for collapse and dyspnea. She had been treated for the last eight months for heart disease attributed primarily to mitral insufficiency / degenerative valvular disea...

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    I'm a Believer... in Alternative Veterinary Medicine

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    I have taken my pets to a Woo Woo doctor. There. I said it. I realize that in this day and age people are much more open to Eastern ways (acupuncture, herbs, etc) but those of us trained in Western medicine can be “challenge...

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    Vacuum Assisted (VAC) Wound Therapy

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    Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, explains Vacuum Assisted Wound Closure (VAC Therapy) and its applications for veterinary patients. A case study is included. Vacuum assisted wound closure (VAC), also referred to as negative pressure w...

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    The Crying Game

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    Although not officially listed in my job description, I tend to make people cry on a (I hesitate to use the word ‘regular’ here) healthy basis. I don’t discriminate either. It can be a DVM, a technician, a CSR...

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    Isolation Protocol

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    Isolation protocol can get confusing, so Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks through the DoveLewis isolation protocol for dealing with patients with communicable diseases.

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    Parvovirus

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), presents a case of a puppy with Parvovirus and explains symptoms, concerns, and treatment.

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    Don’t Judge a Book by Its Shoes

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    Why you need me on your Zombie Apocalypse Team The other day the staff was having a theoretical discussion. Topic? Which DoveLewis staff members would you take with you if there was a zombie apocalypse? The first picked...

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    Tracheostomy Tube Care

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to manage a tracheostomy tube with a removable inner cannula.

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    Controlled Substances

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses DoveLewis’ controlled drug policy and the steps taken before administering any controlled substances to a patient. Download Controlled Substance Checklist Download Controlled Substan...

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    Negatory

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    I won't fail, I won't flop, Stall or stutter yes I won't stop, It takes hard work, to be like this, (You should know) cause I'm a perfectionist Run DMC (Perfection) Negative can be a great thing in v...

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    Was That a Moose?

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    I am going to Alaska. In two and a half weeks I am getting on a plane, and flying to Alaska. In January. You need to know something about me. I do not like extremes. One of the big reasons I live in Portland is because the weather...

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    Subcutaneous Fluids

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    Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to set up for and administer subcutaneous fluids to a cat. This video is great for showing clients how to do this for their pets.

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    Checklists: A Tool to Improve Function

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    Many of the tasks we perform daily in veterinary medicine are systematic--we perform physical exams in the same sequence every time, we chart notes in a SOAP format, we generate diagnostic and therapeutic plans based on differenti...

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    Pentobarbital Toxicity

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    A 3-year-old male neutered Labrador retriever presented to his regular veterinarian in the afternoon for an acute onset of severe ataxia and dysphoria. He had been normal earlier in the morning. A horse had been euthanized two...

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    How to Turn a "Phone Shopper" into a Client

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    Wait, come back! How do we turn a phone shopper into a client? The phone rings, it’s a pet owner who has never been to your practice before and they have questions. This is great news, filled with opportunity, potent...

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    Acetaminophen Toxicity

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    On the list of toxic items to dogs and cats, I think every veterinary professional and probably a large portion of pet owners all know that acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is toxic to pets (there is a therapeutic dose for dogs but it is...

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    NSAID Toxicity

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), walks through a case of NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) overdose.

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    Basic Enema

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to administer a warm water/lubricant enema to one lucky little dog.

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    Lily Toxicity

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks about toxicity and kidney failure in cats after lily ingestion.

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    Interpreting PCV/TS

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    Performing a packed cell volume (PCV) and total solids is one of the easiest tests performed in a veterinary hospital. Almost all team members can perform a PCV/TS (total solids), but how many of them are comfortable interpret...

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    The Lab Who Ate the Sun

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    A 9-year-old male neutered retriever presented to DoveLewis with a primary complaint of tremors. His owners reported that he had ingested the sun from a homemade play dough (50% salt and 50% flour) solar system earlier in the day....

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    Staining a Blood Smear

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates technique in staining a blood smear for microscopic evaluation.

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    Holiday Bonuses

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    I’ve been in the professional world for a number of years now, and have been the lucky recipient of a few different bonuses. They have been in the form of gift cards, contributions to retirement, a nice dinner out, cash,...

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    Blood Smear Preparation

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to make a blood smear.

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    Blood Smear Differential and Morphology

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks through the steps of performing hand differentials including white blood cell identification, red blood cell morphology, and calculating absolute leukocyte values.

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    French and Gauge Sizes

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), talks about diameters of tubes and needles in terms of gauge and french sizes.

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    Site Update: Quiz Feature

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    Due to popular demand, we have added a super-useful new feature:When a member watches any video, they can now take a short quiz at the end! Once they pass the quiz they have the option to forward their proof of completion to their...

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    Applying Topical Spray

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to apply topical spray to a dog.

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    Improving the Patient Experience

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    As clinical staff, veterinary technicians are often challenged to fill a diverse range of roles in providing care to their patients. We receive extensive training and continuing education to hone our medical skills and may even da...

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    Drawer of Shame

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    I’m a stress eater. I’ve finally come to terms with that. I have two forms of stress cravings – body stress (like after a weekend of overnights followed by an immediate switch to day mode) which leaves me wanting all things salty...

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    Thoracocentesis (Thoracentesis)

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    3rd year Critical Care Resident Mitch Fults, DVM, explains and performs a thoracocentesis (thoracentesis) on a dog.

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    PROJECT POTLUCK: Not Just A Social Stigma Anymore

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    Low morale may be an unwelcome guest in every workplace, but is undeniably present in most job places at some point or another. It can be a chore to boost morale, but can also be especially challenging in a critical care ER hos...

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    Butterfly Catheter Blood Draw

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to obtain a blood sample from the lateral saphenous vein of a small dog using a butterfly catheter.

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    Radland: Swollen Toes

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    A 12-year-old DMH feline presented to DoveLewis with a two week history of difficult ambulation. The distal aspect of the digits of all four limbs were severely swollen, painful and appeared necrotic. There was exudate involving t...

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    SNAP Test

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), shows how to perform a basic SNAP test. Refer to manufacturer’s specific test instructions for your kit, as each test varies slightly.

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    Temporary Tracheostomy

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    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, performs a temporary tracheostomy on a patient with an upper airway obstruction.

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    How DoveLewis Made Me Grinchy

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    The holidays approach. Every year they come. And every year I force myself to embrace them. A little history. I used to be that annoying holiday cheer person. I would not only listen to, but sing along to Christmas music in the...

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    Another Q+A: Showing Emotion In Front of Owners

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    Q: Is showing emotion in front of owners good or bad? We have a lot of long-time clients, and we see their pets as babies, adults and geriatric patients. It is really difficult to not cry when euthanizing a pet w...

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    Veterinary "I Never" Game

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    The other night, some of the doctors and I played "I will never do". It’s a little like the "I never" game where someone says something that they have never done and then those that have done that are sup...

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    Case Study: Anticoagulent Rodenticide Toxicity

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    A nine-year-old neutered male, 5.5kg Bichon Frise presented for evaluation with an initial complaint of decreased appetite, lethargy and potential oral hemorrhage noted after grooming. The dog had no significant medical history re...

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    NG Tube in Surgery

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    Placing a nasogastric feeding tube in a patient when they’re already anesthetized is convenient, but presents certain challenges. Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anes.), CVPP, walks through the process with one of her patients in a...

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