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Preventive Health Care in the ‘Stinky Weasel’

Jun 9, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Whether you call them “stinky weasels” or “tube cats,” providing an in-depth ferret wellness plan is good for your patients’ health and for your business. The vast majority of companion ferrets in the U.S. are bred at a single facility. Prior to sale they are spayed/neutered, de-scented, and given their first booster of canine distemper...

Medication

Pharmacist’s Corner: Finding High-Quality Nutraceuticals

Jun 9, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Whether you call them nutraceuticals, supple­ments, or something else, you probably rely on these supportive products for treatment at times. Nutraceuticals are not FDA-approved. They are not considered drugs, and the labeling is not allowed to make therapeutic claims. They must bear a statement such as “This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat...

Faculty Spotlight: Jenica Haraschak, MS, DVM, DACVECC

Jun 9, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background. I’m originally from Florida and grew up less than a mile from the beach, but my veterinary career has taken me to many new and exciting places over the past few years. In high school I worked at a local veteri­nary hospital, which is where my dream of becoming a...

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Ferrets and Coronavirus

Jun 9, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Maybe you have heard that ferrets can be infected with the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)? This can be frightening information, if you treat these stinky weasels. Get the facts and learn how we see ferrets during the pandemic. We have adopted the above guidelines to ensure that we can treat ferrets during the pandemic, but also...

Medication

Pharmacist’s Corner: COVID-Related Drug Shortages

May 15, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

While drug shortages have been a part of our daily life for some time, COVID-19 has caused some new drug shortages. These shortages have two possible causes: Manufacturing interruptions of the active ingredients and/or the final product both of which often occur in China and India. Increased need by human hospitals. While any medication could...

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Eyes on Fire: Managing Conjunctivitis in Dogs

May 15, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Multiple pink, raised follicles can be seen on the anterior third eyelid and along the ventral palpebral conjunctiva in this dog, giving it a cobblestone-like appearance.   We all know that conjunctival redness, or hyperemia, has many causes. Not all redness is cause for alarm, however, as it can result simply from anxiety or excitement....

Faculty Spotlight: Graeme Doodnaught, BVM&S, MSc, DES, MRCVS, DACVAA

May 14, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background. I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, then attended the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh. I returned to Ontario to complete an equine internship at Milton Equine Hospital, then worked as a mixed-animal...

Medication

Pharmacist’s Corner: New Name, Same Service

Apr 14, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

If you have called us or looked for us online lately, you may have noticed that we are no longer using the name “pharmacy.” Instead, we are calling ourselves the “Medication Dispensary.” Why the name change? After months of discussions with the Illinois Board of Pharmacy regarding the best type of licensure for the Veterinary...

Faculty Spotlight: Sara Connolly, DVM, MS, DACVP

Apr 14, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background. I’m originally from Hammond, Ind., and attended veterinary school at Purdue. After veterinary school, I did a small animal rotating internship at a private practice in south Florida, then returned to Purdue for my clinical pathology residency. Since my residency, I have been a clinical instructor at Illinois, a lecturer...

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Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of Cyclosporine in Dogs and Cats

Apr 14, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Cyclosporine is an immunosuppres­sant agent commonly used in veterinary medicine. It is licensed for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in small animals but is also used in an extralabel fashion for systemic immune-mediated conditions such as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), immune-medi­ated thrombocytopenia (ITP), immune-mediated polyarthritis (IMPA), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is important to...