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Lori Hehn

Lori Hehn is a practicing veterinarian and a contributor and content manager with XPrep Learning Solutions. She has a drive for continual learning and enjoys interacting with veterinary and vet tech students. She also writes veterinary learning books for children.

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Delusional Parasitosis - What Should Veterinarians Do?

Posted by Lori Hehn on May 22, 2018 at 11:34 AM

Have you ever heard of Delusional Parasitosis? It isn't very common, but is a very real issue that you may come across in vet practice. 

This is a human disease or syndrome, where an owner believes that they or their pets are infested with a parasite or organism that isn't there.

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Topics: Clients, Client Situations, Veterinary Clients, Delusional Parasitosis

Pet Food Recalls: A Review on Botulism

Posted by Lori Hehn on May 4, 2018 at 8:21 AM

I saw this week that a raw diet was recalled for possible botulinum toxin contamination. I have only seen one suspected case of Botulism in practice (in a dog) but let’s take a moment to review this important disease. In general, dogs and cats tend to be more resistant.

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Topics: Pet Food Recalls, Botulism

Managing Pain During an Opioid Shortage

Posted by Lori Hehn on April 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM

The DEA is decreasing production of opioids again this year by another 20%. This will likely have a direct effect on our use and availability for our patients. We use opioids routinely for analgesia, especially for surgical procedures so this is causing some panic in our community.

This is mainly going to cause a shortage of schedule II drugs (for us this will mostly be hydromorphone, morphine, and fentanyl). And not only will these drugs be more difficult to get, but the price could be much higher. 

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Topics: Opioid, Pain Management

Boost Your Chances for Vet School Acceptance (my aha moment)

Posted by Lori Hehn on March 21, 2018 at 1:34 PM

It has been over 17 years since I was first accepted to veterinary school. I remember sitting in the room with the other students and thinking that there must be some mistake. Somehow, I was here but I wasn’t really supposed to be (what if they don’t call my name?)

It seems that many of the other students were thinking the same thing as our nerves were on edge about what the next four years would bring.

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Topics: Vet School

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