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February 2016 Volume 28/Number 2 www.VeterinaryPracticeNews.com
uncan X. Lascelles puts the importance
of identifying pain in pets right up there
with the best pharmaceutical pain killers
on the market.
The North Carolina State University professor
and clinical pain-management expert sees promise in new health and activity monitors—“Fitbits
for cats and dogs,” in his words—but he hasn’t
abolished traditional measurement tools like the
Feline Musculoskeletal Pain Index (FMPI).
Dr. Lascelles, BVSc, Ph.D., CertVA, believes
the most useful developments in pain man-
agement will come with improved activ-
“That area has a lot of potential,” said
Lascelles, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ECVS. “It just
needs to mature. I see a lot of potential in
post-surgical monitoring, and also just
monitoring pets in the home environ-
ment as they age and get more diseases.”
Practitioners can’t go wrong, he said,
with pain-grading scales like FMPI, which
Lascelles helped develop at NCSU’s College of
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSI TY
By Don Jergler, For Veterinary Practice News
Pain, Page 34
Keeping veterinary drugs locked up is a sensible idea. The same goes for sending client reminders and tracking payroll expenses. And maybe hiring a practice management consultant.
But a survey conducted by two leading veterinary companies in
cooperation with the American Association of Equine Practitioners
found that inaction in many areas of business may be diluting the
value and profits of horse practices nationwide.
STUDY: Equine vets
By Ken Niedziela, Veterinary Practice News Middle-aged dogs, not puppies or the geriatric, were hardest hit by the H3N2 influenza strain last March in Chicago.
A survey conducted by Merck Animal Health found that
71 percent of stricken dogs were ages 1 to 7 and that day
care and boarding facilities were the potential infection
source in 8 out of 10 cases. Those are also the places commonly filled with adult dogs that are very social and active—locations perfect for transmitting a virus that infected
more than 1,000 animals in Chicago, killing a small number,
before spreading to other states.
By Ken Niedziela, Veterinary Practice News
new canine flu
WHAT WE’RE LEARNING TODAY
Flu, Page 30
In the Middle: The big lie Page 2 I Dental: Overgrown gums Page 37
Surgical: Biopsy Page 38 I Evidence: PRP therapy Page 39 I Business: Dental patients Page 41
Horse Vets, Page 51