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Cathy Barnette

Cathy Barnette is a practicing small animal veterinarian, freelance writer, and contributor to XPrep Learning Solutions. She is passionate about both veterinary medicine and education, working to provide helpful information to veterinary teams and the general public. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature with her family and leading a Girl Scout troop.

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False Negative Heartworm Tests and Heat Pretreatment: Info for Vet Grads

Posted by Cathy Barnette on April 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM
 
As a new grad, you may occasionally run across reports of heartworm infections that are resistant (or thought to be resistant) to heartworm prevention. Heartworm resistance became a hot topic in the early 2000s, when several cases were discovered.
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Topics: Heartworm

Heartworm Resistance: Fact or Fiction?

Posted by Cathy Barnette on April 1, 2019 at 9:03 AM

As a new grad, you may occasionally run across reports of heartworm infections that are resistant (or thought to be resistant) to heartworm prevention. Heartworm resistance became a hot topic in the early 2000s, when several cases were discovered.

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Topics: Heartworm

4 Dog Breeding Questions a Vet Should Ask Clients

Posted by Cathy Barnette on March 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM

As a vet, you are likely to encounter a number of clients who want to breed their dogs. There are a variety of possible motivations behind breeding: financial gain, wanting a puppy similar to their own adult dog, the desire to provide an educational experience for their children, and many others.

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Topics: Client Situations, Veterinary Clients, Client Communications, Spay / Neuter, Breeding

Over 100 Veterinary Hospital Employees Exposed to Plague by Pet Dog

Posted by Cathy Barnette on March 15, 2019 at 8:11 PM

 
In December 2017, a young dog was treated by its veterinarian for fever and respiratory signs that developed four days after sniffing a dead prairie dog. When the dog failed to respond to antibiotics and began coughing up blood, it was taken to the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for additional diagnostics and treatment.

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Topics: Plaque, prairie dog

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