May 2017

In his final post to mark Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, Gerardo Poli outlines signs that might indicate whether you are at risk of compassion fatigue or burnout.

10 mins

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.

8 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.

5 mins

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.

4 mins

Research suggests enemas may never need performing again – and Gerardo Poli says it could be the most exciting news in veterinary medicine.

4 mins

April 2017

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.

9 mins

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.

6 mins

Gerardo Poli offers a list of questions for telephone calls from owners concerned about their pet being intoxicated.

5 mins

March 2017

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.

4 mins

When interpreting PCV/total solids, it is also important to take note of the serum colour as this may give clues into the diagnosis.

3 mins

Gerardo Poli highlights some common misconceptions he finds with interpreting the often-misinterpreted or underused PCV/total solids tests.

5 mins

February 2017

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.

9 mins

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.

10 mins

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.

9 mins

January 2017

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.

4 mins

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.

6 mins