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  • Radland - Anal Sac Mass

    125 Views - 0 Comments A 12-year-old female spayed basset hound presented to DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital with a history of vomiting, lethargy and multiple episodes of straining to urinate. Physical e...
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  • Tone and Volume for Your Client Conversations

    588 Views - 0 Comments In the 1970’s, Albert Mehrabian created a tool called the communication model. Within this model, he came up with the idea that only 7% of what is being communicated are the literal words. That mean...
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  • Receiving Constructive Criticism

    550 Views - 0 Comments Being open to criticism, good or bad, is vital to being successful in any job. How else are you going to know what to improve on, how to grow, and areas may require more focus? When...
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  • When Thrombosis Gets Complicated

    344 Views - 0 Comments Coagulation is a protective mechanism to prevent excessive hemorrhage following trauma. However, regulatory mechanisms are normally in place to control the timing and extent of the clotting process. For e...
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  • Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine

    1,338 Views - 0 Comments As a small animal veterinary professional, particularly one practicing in Portland, OR, it seems highly likely that you have been or will be asked about cannabis as a treatment option for a pet’s conditio...
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  • Medical Math - Constant Rate Infusion

    1,876 Views - 0 Comments A Constant Rate Infusion (CRI) is utilized to administer a continuous dose of drug in intravenous fluids. We are most used to CRIs for pain management, as in this form the drug can be maintained at...
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  • Gastroduodenal Perforation in a Dog Treated with Steroids and NSAIDs

    491 Views - 0 Comments An elderly Golden Retriever from out of state was presented for evaluation of abdominal effusion and possible surgery. The patient had a history of osteoarthritis and was being managed chronically with de...
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  • Exploring Pulmonary Hypertension

    630 Views - 0 Comments An 11-year-old, female spayed mixed breed dog was referred to cardiology for two episodes of syncope. Her owners reported an occasional cough and a slowly decreasing activity level and appetite over...
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  • Treating Proptosis with Temporary Tarsorrhaphy

    819 Views - 0 Comments Proptosis is a protrusion of the globe from the boney orbit.  It most commonly results from trauma to the head or neck.  The degree force necessary to result in proptosis varies depending on the...
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  • Reducing Turnover by Increasing Engagement

    992 Views - 1 Comments The country is dealing with record low unemployment rates.  Economically and for the citizens of the US, this is positive news.  For employers it does make hiring and retention more challenging....
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  • Ask the Right Questions

    3,282 Views - 0 Comments We’ve all had the thought after working with a client-- why didn’t you mention this earlier? Why am I just hearing about this now? This would have been nice to know an hour ago… While it may be easy to...
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  • Email Etiquette- Do’s and Don’ts

    1,383 Views - 0 Comments There are a lot of ways to communicate these days. Phone calls, text messages, instant messages, email, direct mail-- the list goes on. While it’s important to note how your clients prefer to be communica...
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  • Communication in Crisis: What Clients Go Through in an Emergency

    2,492 Views - 2 Comments Pet emergencies occur every minute of every day – but for our clients it is a singular monumental event. Pets are, in fact, family. They are family that like to eat socks, brawl in the street, enjoy...
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  • Handling Client Complaints

    1,450 Views - 0 Comments Handling client complaints can be draining from the start. Prior to working with the client, you should have already started your research on the issue, have notes on hand, and your team shoul...
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  • Glo Germ: A Staff Training Tool

    1,808 Views - 0 Comments Here at DoveLewis, we take all things cleaning very seriously. It’s important that every staff member is up to date on our latest cleaning protocols. While it can be time consuming to spend time with each...
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  • Special Stones: Urate and Cystine Urolithiasis

    1,473 Views - 0 Comments Urate Urolithiasis: Urate-containing uroliths are the third most common urolith in dogs and cats. They comprise about eight percent of submissions for dogs and about five percent for cats. Formation...
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  • When the Unblocking Gets Tough

    2,426 Views - 0 Comments Feline urethral obstruction is a common complication of feline lower urinary tract disease.  Approximately 12% of cats have metabolic derangements, which along with severe dehydration can cause patie...
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  • Rat Bait - What’s Not to Love?

    2,017 Views - 0 Comments Anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity represents that rare gem in realm of canine toxicities: a toxin for which there is both a rapid, bedside diagnostic test and an antidote. Even severely affected clinical...
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  • Zinc Induced Hemolytic Anemia in a Dog

    1,604 Views - 0 Comments An 8 kg, 2 year old male neutered Boston Terrier presented to the general veterinarian with a one week history of lethargy and decreased appetite and a two day history of pigmenturia.  The owne...
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  • The Curious Incident of the Lost Cephalic Catheter

    3,182 Views - 0 Comments A 6-year-old male neutered German Shepherd dog, named Chief, presented on emergency for acute onset of vomiting and restlessness. Initial diagnostics were consistent with gastric dilation and volvul...
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  • Talent Wars: How to Attract and Retain Talent

    1,972 Views - 0 Comments The job market has changed. Certified Veterinary Technicians are difficult to find and retain. In this article, Monica Maxwell discusses why CVT recruiting is so difficult and strategies to help clinics a...
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  • Clearing the Air on Spontaneous Pneumothorax

    1,530 Views - 0 Comments A five year old male castrated Great Dane was referred to DoveLewis for emergency stabilization after being diagnosed with a severe pneumothorax. The day before, the patient has started coughing...
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  • When Good Organs Go Bad – Pancreatitis

    3,213 Views - 0 Comments The pancreas lives in the cranial abdomen close to the stomach and duodenum. With a right and left limb, this organ plays both endocrine and exocrine roles and is vital to nutritional function. The pancre...
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  • Intraosseous Catheter Placement

    3,695 Views - 0 Comments Although a seemingly intimidating procedure, intraosseous (IO) catheter placement is a wonderful tool in the arsenal of emergency medicine practitioners. It is useful in rapid placement during shock...
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  • Vitamin D3 Toxicity: Rare but Noteworthy

    3,349 Views - 0 Comments Cholecalciferol is an uncommon cause of toxicity in the dog and cat, however after seeing several cases recently, I thought that it warranted a review. Thankfully, these cases were seen shortly afte...
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  • Current Concepts and Ideas in Pain Management

    2,680 Views - 0 Comments Pain was adopted as the fifth vital sign in human medicine in 1996 following the objective pulse, blood pressure, respiration and temperature.  In veterinary medicine we are following suit as i...
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  • Esophageal Foreign Bodies

    2,555 Views - 0 Comments Esophageal foreign bodies in dogs are an uncommon presentation in the veterinary ER - estimated to comprise ~ 0.09% of veterinary ER admissions. However, when they do occur, they are quite memorable cases...
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  • Ovarian Remnant Syndrome

    2,031 Views - 0 Comments Bogey, an eight year old spayed female Labrador retriever dog was referred for a vaginal mass which had appeared in the last 24 hours. The owner noticed that the vulvar area seemed l...
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  • The Worst Diabetic Crisis

    3,166 Views - 2 Comments Diabetes mellitus is arguably one of the most common and frustrating endocrine diseases to treat in both human and veterinary medicine. It seems that no two patients are exactly alike in the way they pres...
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  • Who’s Hungry? Getting Nutrition into Our Patients

    3,111 Views - 0 Comments Nutrition in hospitalized patients is often overlooked in the early hours of illness. With blood work to run and radiographs to take, diarrhea to clean up and blood pressures to measure we forget th...
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  • Esophageal Perforation in a Labrador Retriever

    2,827 Views - 0 Comments An 11 month old Labrador retriever presented on emergency after sustaining a stick impalement injury. During a game of fetch, the young dog dove for the stick inadvertently shoving one end deep into the b...
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  • Block Party: Local Regional Anesthesia in the ER

    3,981 Views - 0 Comments If pain control was a party, the opioids, NSAIDs, and neuromodulating therapies would be the most glamorous and gregarious attendees. But sometimes a very effective member of the party is the often forgot...
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  • Pericardiocentesis – A Review

    3,831 Views - 0 Comments Pericardiocentesis is a potentially life-saving therapeutic procedure commonly performed on the ER floor. Although considered relatively safe, this invasive procedure may be associated with serious compli...
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  • Aspiration Pneumonia

    6,223 Views - 0 Comments Aspiration pneumonia is unfortunately a frequent occurrence in veterinary patients, and is recognized far more commonly in dogs than in cats. The initial injury (aspiration pneumonitis) actually occurs du...
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  • Tracheal Foreign Body in a Cat

    3,292 Views - 2 Comments A five year old male neutered Domestic Shorthair cat presented on an emergency basis to DoveLewis for having difficulty breathing. He is an indoor-outdoor pet and the owners reported that he was outside (...
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  • The Pain Management Toolbox

    4,418 Views - 0 Comments We give and receive love and companionship from animals, have them as members of our families and know that they can suffer pain, fear and distress. Animal pain may very well be worse than human pain sinc...
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  • Caudectomy in the ER

    5,647 Views - 0 Comments In the emergency room, we often encounter tail injuries that require caudectomy, or tail amputation. Trauma is the most common reason for caudectomy in the ER. Skin and soft tissue wounds, including sever...
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  • Dog Bite Prevention Week at DoveLewis: Who, When and Why

    6,274 Views - 0 Comments It’s National Dog Bite Prevention week! As the Safety Manager at DoveLewis, animal bites are always at the front of my proverbial stove. I would like to say that we have a zero bite record, but that would...
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  • An Unusual Case of Stump Pyometra

    4,661 Views - 0 Comments An eight year old Female spayed French bulldog present for surgical consultation. She was adopted about seven years ago in another state by her current owner. Previous medical history included ovario...
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  • How We Stayed Social in 2016

    6,861 Views - 0 Comments Social media isn’t going away. It’s growing at exponential rates around the world, and this is good news for veterinary medicine! A new avenue to educate clients and create growth opportunities? Yes, plea...
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  • Septic Peritonitis in Dogs and Cats

    10,553 Views - 0 Comments Septic peritonitis is a relatively common reason for admission to our hospital and represents an important cause of morbidity and mortality. These cases can be challenging to stabilize before and during s...
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  • Summer Feline Toxins

    5,847 Views - 2 Comments With the arrival of summer and that warm weather, for which us Pacific Northwesterners are starved, comes an increase in the cases of specific cat toxins we see. The flowers are blooming and the bugs are...
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  • Dog Bite Prevention Q & A

    15,126 Views - 0 Comments DoveLewis Safety Manager Coby Richter answers some common questions about dog bite prevention. She discusses important precautions that all of our staff members take and how our policy regarding...
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  • Wound Management of a Complex Dog Bite

    8,655 Views - 3 Comments A 6 year old Female spayed Maine Coon cat was mauled by a dog sustaining severe injuries to her left forefoot including loss of the second digit. The wounds were debrided and partially closed by her prima...
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  • Respiratory Distress: Emergency Treatment

    19,399 Views - 4 Comments When faced with a patient in respiratory distress or arrest, the timing of patient assessment and intervention is critical. First one must determine if the patient is in respiratory arrest, regardless of...
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  • Serotonin Syndrome

    10,559 Views - 2 Comments A 5-year-old spayed female 22.7kg Standard Poodle presented for evaluation due to mental alteration and abnormal breathing. The owner revealed that approximately 11 hours prior to presentation the dog had...
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  • A Winter’s Tale: Ethylene Glycol

    7,612 Views - 2 Comments Given the recent overall trend for a drier but very cold winter season, ethylene glycol as an intoxication may become more prevalent in our metro area. Ethylene glycol can be found in numerous car fluids...
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  • Gastric Ulceration

    8,730 Views - 0 Comments Gastroduodenal ulceration is a common pathology in people with numerous etiologies. There are a few different classifications of gastroduodenal ulcers in people. They are based on differentiating the l...
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  • Thorascopic Partial Pericardiectomy

    6,557 Views - 0 Comments An 11-year-old male neutered golden retriever was referred to Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital for surgical management of idiopathic pericardial effusion.  The dog was originally diagnosed in...
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  • Lowering Inventory Costs

    6,073 Views - 4 Comments Inventory is a large expense and can also be a large loss if it is not monitored properly.  Sales of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, surgical supplies, and vaccines are a sizable source of reve...
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