In the third of his posts marking Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, Gerardo Poli notes how composure, empathy and good communication skills go hand in hand when dealing with angry pet owners.7 mins
Taking a slightly different tack during VN Awareness Month, Tip of the Week author Gerardo Poli presents advice bestowed upon him by the fabulous nurses he works with at Animal Emergency Service in Queensland, Australia.
In the spirit of Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, Tip of the Week author Gerardo Poli offers a heartfelt thanks to the vet nurses of this world, without whom the vets of this world would be unable to do their jobs.
Research suggests enemas may never need performing again – and Gerardo Poli says it could be the most exciting news in veterinary medicine.
Despite research associating gastric lavage with worse patient outcomes, Gerardo Poli says some uncommon cases may benefit from the technique.6 mins
Research shows emesis induction does not influence clinical outcome. However, Gerardo Poli feels a time and place exist for it, based on his clinical experience.
In part two of his look at intoxication, Gerardo Poli discusses the main exposure routes and looks at the actions owners can take at home if their pet has been exposed to a toxin.
Gerardo Poli offers a list of questions for telephone calls from owners concerned about their pet being intoxicated.
Gerardo Poli concludes his series on serum discolouration by looking at icteric serum, which is caused by the presence of excess bilirubin in the blood stream.5 mins
The presence of lipaemia can indicate the presence of certain diseases, but it can also make interpretation of biochemistry particularly difficult. Gerardo Poli offers some advice on how to deal with lipaemic samples.
When interpreting PCV/total solids, it is also important to take note of the serum colour as this may give clues into the diagnosis.
Gerardo Poli highlights some common misconceptions he finds with interpreting the often-misinterpreted or underused PCV/total solids tests.
Gerardo Poli concludes his four-part focus on gastric dilatation-volvulus with a look at the recovery stage and postoperative monitoring.8 mins
Following on closely from the first two parts of his February focus on gastric dilatation-volvulus, Gerardo Poli turns to surgery and offers a few pointers to help ensure the procedure runs as smoothly as possible.
In the second of a four-part series on GDV, Gerardo Poli looks at the two ways gastric decompression can be achieved and offers advice on both methods.
In the first of a four-part series, Gerardo Poli puts the focus firmly on gastric dilatation-volvulus – particularly the three things that should be done as soon as a suspected case is presented.
After discussing how to take appropriate abdominal radiographs, Gerardo Poli offers some advice on interpreting the resulting images.4 mins
Abdominal radiographs can be daunting – so Gerardo Poli offers six tips to help you get the most information from your studies.
Obstructive feline lower urinary tract disease is a common presentation in general practice. At Gerardo Poli's hospital, temporary relief is generally achieved within 15 minutes of patient arrival.
Gerardo Poli offers advice for diagnosing cases of gastric dilatation-volvulus, lists clinical signs and discusses the importance of performing an abdominal radiograph.