When a dog presents with signs of hypoadrenocorticism or hyperadrenocorticism, the first step is to assess the function of the adrenal glands. There are a number of common tests that may be used for this purpose, each with its own unique pros and cons.
On a busy Friday afternoon, you walk into an exam room to see Sophie, a 9-year-old Bichon. Sophie’s owner, Mrs. Smith, just moved to the area and is looking for a new veterinarian.
As you might have heard, September is National Suicide Prevention Month. If there’s a profession that needs to pay special attention to suicide prevention, it’s certainly veterinarians! A 2019 study found that suicide risk in male veterinarians is 1.6 times higher than the general population, while the risk in female veterinarians is 2.4 times higher than the general population.1
And our vet tech friends aren’t immune, either; the same study found that vet techs had an even higher suicide rate than veterinarians.1 Clearly, this is an issue that all of us need to be aware of, so that we can do our best to protect ourselves and our colleagues.
When it comes to imaging modalities, we have plenty of options. That can be an advantage when working up a challenging case, but it can also be overwhelming! In some cases, it may be difficult to determine which imaging modality is going to give you the most benefit for a particular patient.