Idiopathic Issues

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

How to Prepare for the Dark Side of the Internet (for veterinary students)

Posted by Flavia Vaduva on April 30, 2018 at 9:51 AM

I would like to believe my veterinary education was progressive in a lot of ways. We had classes in communication, business and professional development in addition to the traditional courses. Topics that the generations of veterinarians in front of me likely did not learn about were discussed in different ways.

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Topics: Vet Practice, Internet Haters, Comments

9 TED talks recommended for veterinary students

Posted by Flavia Vaduva on April 13, 2018 at 11:06 PM

TED Talks is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

Here are 9 talks I think would be very beneficial for Veterinary Students who may be just starting their journey as a 1st year all the way to the recent graduate. Take a look at these 9 gems and then read my takeaways through a veterinary lens as someone who has taken the journey through veterinary school and now is a professional.

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Topics: Stress Management, Motivation

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

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