Earlier this year, the FDA concluded a report about the dangers of dog bone treats. Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, blogs about an example of why dog bones can cause fatal complications.

Every time I walk by the bulk bins in certain grocery stores, I recall a beautiful middle aged Boxer dog that died because her family decided to give her a new treat. She’s not the only death from a...

Respiratory failure is diagnosed when there is a deficit in arterial oxygen (hypoxemia) or the accumulation of carbon dioxide (hypercapnia) due to abnormalities within the respiratory system or neurological control of ventilation. It is important to identify a decline in ventilation and oxygenation early in the course of critical illness to prevent the ensuing cascade of detrimental cellular...

2020 has been full of uncertainly with both political unrest and COVID. In this lecture, Monica Maxwell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, will discuss communication in the time of highly emotional stress. When clients and staff are at their breaking point, the smallest amount of conflict can escalate quickly. This lecture will include tips and tools to defuse, reset and help manage stress in a stressful world...

This lecture presented by Human Resources Manager Cheryl Latta, will discuss how to communicate in ways which result in your needs being met, as well as how to acknowledge when others need something of you. Cheryl will review how knowing your audience, actively listening, and communicating feedback are important communication aspects in any clinic. <br></br> This talk is...

Resilience helps us to work through challenges and empowers personal growth. Cultivating resilience through intentional effort is essential given the inherent stressors and challenges within veterinary medicine. This lecture presented by Debrah Lee, LSCW, will discuss strategies to support resilience using current knowledge around self-care, well-being and the impact of stress based on the...

This lecture presented by Caryn Reynolds, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) will review the general prognosis for heart failure and how to discuss this with clients. We will discuss how we work through the disease management challenges our clients face, such as medication side effects. Chronic sequelae of heart failure will be discussed as well as how we can help our clients with quality of life...

Being prepared for surgery means good planning, communication and anticipation of potential complications. In this lecture presented by Andrea Sundholm, DVM, DACVS-SA, we will focus on the preoperative work that goes into specific surgical cases such as fracture repair, C-section, liver biopsy and foreign body retrieval. We will review recommended bloodwork, imaging, clipping and surgical...

Surgeon Andrea Sundholm, DVM, DACVS-SA reviews how to remove and replace a bandage on a dog after surgery.

Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, reviews how to safely remove a scalpel blade.

Humans are fallible. Humans make mistakes. And humans are at the core of veterinary medicine. That means that if we engage in the practice of caring for animals, errors will occur. That error might be getting client information wrong, misinterpreting a blood test, giving the wrong drug or the wrong dose. How we respond to those mistakes determines whether they are opportunities for positive...

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