DVM InFocus, Sep 1, 2006 - DVM
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DVM InFocus, Sep 1, 2006
Special Report
Age remains pertinent to anesthetic management
By Sheilah A. Robertson, BVMS, Phd, MCVS, CVA, Dipl. ACVA, Dipl. ECVA
There is no universally accepted definition of old age and as we are all aware, some people and animals age better than others. Because of advances in veterinary medicine, the average lifespan of cats and dogs has increased and according to recent AVMA statistics, about 30 percent of the owned pet population in the United States is considered geriatric (Wise et al, 2002). As senior care becomes a significant component of companion animal practice, we must be aware of the special anesthetic requirements of this population.
Intraoral films: 7 compelling reasons for every dental patient
By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP
According to industry estimates, less than 10 percent of small animal practices have dental radiograph units and of those, less than 10 percent take intraoral films on every dental case.
Veterinary orthodontics: Some cases require braces
By Dale Kressin, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
The primary objective of veterinary orthodontics is to provide a comfortable bite for companion animals. Cosmetics are often improved, however orthodontic care is never provided for deceptive purposes. Our ethical priority is to provide genetic counseling to avoid future problems associated with malocclusions. Traumatic malocclusions are painful for pets and painfully expensive for owners.
Non-invasive symphyseal fracture management offers excellent alternative to traditional approaches
By Peter Emily, DDS, Hon. AVDC
Symphyseal fracture repair in cats has been performed traditionally by placing a ligature wire circumferentially around the anterior mandible and securing the right and left mandibular bodies by tightening the ligature wire. This method is not only invasive, but often results in an unstable symphyseal reduction because of the faculty of ligature wire to stretch over time.
Navigating clinical oral anatomy imperative to successful oral care
By Brett Beckman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, DAAPM
Practical knowledge of veterinary dental anatomy and physiology is essential to the veterinarian and veterinary technician involved in providing quality oral care to their patients. Quality surgical skills are only attainable with a thorough understanding of these concepts.
Dentistry: Take a Closer Look
Dentistry: Take a Closer Look
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