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August 2013 (Vol 34, No 8)

Toxicology Brief

Hops Make Dogs Hot

     Hops intoxication in dogs is rare but can be devastating and potentially fatal. The median lethal dose of hops in dogs is unknown, but the primary clinical sign of hops intoxication is a malignant hyperthermia-like reaction resulting in a rapid increase in body temperature.This article provides an overview of what you should know about hops toxicosis and its treatment in dogs.

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Equine Essentials: Rehabilitating a Foal After Trauma

This case provided the opportunity to spend 18 days rehabilitating a foal that presented with a poor prognosis for recovery. Often, financial constraints necessitate that care be terminated much sooner, especially in cases of traumatic brain injury.
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  • Catching Urine Samples
    Danialle Natale

    We save empty vaccine trays to use for catching urine samples. If we can’t get a sample at the hospital, we send the owner home with a urine collection kit, which includes a clean, empty vaccine tray and a urine tube for submitting the sample. The flat, long tray is perfect for getting under a pet to collect a urine sample. Before it is used, owners should ensure that the tray is clean and dry. I usually also give owners a pair of latex gloves to wear when obtaining a sample and a sealable plastic bag in which to dispose of everything.

  • Triple-checking Drugs
    Lacey Graves

    When you’re in a hurry, mistakes can happen. I’ve found that when filling a prescription, it’s best to take my time. To prevent overdosing or underdosing a patient, I triple-check drug labels before dispensing drugs. I check the drug’s name, strength, and quantity when I remove the drug from storage, immediately before I dispense it, and when I return it to storage.

  • Making Paw-print Keepsakes
    Valerie Pendolino

    After euthanasia, we offer clients complimentary clay keepsakes of their pet’s paw print. We purchase baking clay at a hobby shop, soften it according to the instructions, roll it into a little ball, and press it flat. After the pet has been euthanized, we press its paw into the clay and give the keepsake to the client in a little bag with the baking instructions attached. This, along with sending a sympathy card, lets our clients know that we care.

  • Administering IV Fluids With Light-sensitive Additives
    Beth Ann Spisak

    When we administer IV fluids that contain light-sensitive additives, we protect the fluid by making a reusable IV bag cover from a thick, black garbage bag. We cut a rectangular piece from a garbage bag and fold it in half so that it will cover both sides of an IV bag. Then we tape together the sides of the cover and cut a notch in the top for the loop of the bag to fit through. The bottom of the cover is left open to facilitate changing the IV bag and checking the remaining fluid volume.

  • Marking Syringes for At-home Use
    Jenna Zimmer

    When we send clients home with liquid medication, we mark a syringe with an indelible marker at the appropriate dose to show clients how much they need to draw up. We place a piece of clear tape over the mark to prevent it from wearing off.

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