MARCH 2017
Exciting News!!
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Since our inception in 2004, Hope Veterinary Specialists has been striving to provide the highest level of care to patients, clients, and referring veterinarians. Early on, we learned that the medicine is the easiest part of what we do. Effectively communicating with clients, veterinarians, and even colleagues within our own practice is much more of a challenge. Since communication is key to providing the level of care that we want to provide, we began looking for tools that would allow us to communicate more effectively. What we found was that those tools did not exist. Given that, we took on the challenge of developing our own practice management system and within that system, our own set of communication tools.

Idiopathic Renal Hematuria
A 7 year old male castrated Boxer presented for evaluation of hematuria. He had a history of chronic otitis, interdigital dermatitis, a I/VI systolic murmur, and periodic episodes of GI upset which resolve without any intervention. In 2015, pre-anesthesia CBC and chemistry prior to a sebaceous adenoma removal showed TP 7.7 (5-7.4) and Glob 3.9 (1.6-3.6). His T4 was normal. A urinalysis had a urine specific gravity (USG) of 1.020 with +1 protein, WBC 2-3, RBC 21-50, struvite 11-20, cocci <10, and squamous epithelial cells 2-3. The method of urine sampling was not listed in the medical record. During wellness lab work in November, a CBC, Superchem, T4 and UA were performed. His TP was 7.7 (5-7.4), Glob 4.1 (1.6-3.6), and ALP 149 (5-131) with +2 hemolysis. His T4 was normal. His urinalysis showed a USG of 1.023 with +2 protein, +2 bilirubin, +3 blood, WBC 2-3, and RBC >50. His Accuplex was negative .......

Canine Mast Cell Tumor Helpful Hints
Mast cell tumors are the most common cutaneous tumor in dogs (1). They do not have a specific look or feel (1) - we have diagnosed mast cell tumors that have a similar appearance to that of small pimples, skin tags, large ulcerated lesions, and soft fatty masses. Increased risk is associated with the following breeds: Boxer, Boston Terrier, English Bulldogs, Pugs, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Schnauzer, Staffordshire Terrier, Beagle, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Weimaraner, Shar-Pei (1). These tumors occur more often in middle-older aged dogs (1).

HopeVS Oncology is Excited to Offer Tanovea-CA1 For Our Lymphoma Patients
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it's given conditional approval for  the first new animal drug to treat canine lymphoma. Also called lymphosarcoma, lymphoma is a type of cancer in dogs. The FDA said the active ingredient in Tanovea-CA1 is rabacfosadine, a substance that kills rapidly growing cancer cells.
Tanovea-CA1 must be prescribed by a licensed veterinarian because professional expertise is needed to correctly diagnose lymphoma in dogs, determine the best treatment, and manage potential side effects. Tanovea-CA1, which comes in a concentrated form, is diluted and given into a vein over 30 minutes. 

Monkeys and dogs judge humans by how they treat others
Be nice - or your dog may judge you. Both pets and monkeys show a preference for people who help others, and this might explain the origins of our sense of morality.
Studies involving babies have previously shown that by the age of one, humans are already starting to judge people by how they interact. This has led to suggestions that children have a kind of innate morality that predates their being taught how to behave.
Comparative psychologist  James Anderson at Kyoto University and his colleagues wondered whether other species .......

How man's best friend is helping cancer treatment
"A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart... Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty."
Isn't it true? We learn so much from our dogs. But beyond what man's best friend can teach us about enjoying life, they share something else with us.  Cancer diagnoses in dogs are on the rise.....

Creating cat-friendly practices, homes, and shelters
The American Association of Feline Practitioners is trying to make the world a friendlier and healthier place for cats.
The AAFP now has designated more than a thousand practices as cat friendly through its Cat Friendly Practice program. At press time, the association was about to launch an educational  website for cat owners. The 2016 annual conference offered a track on shelter medicine for the first time.
As of Dec. 5, the AAFP had 3,959 members, consisting of 3,802 veterinarians and 157 veterinary technicians and practice managers. 

CE in the CITY- Focus on: Dermatology
            Date: Sunday April 2, 2017
            Location: WHYY Studios, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA
            Credits: 5 hours RACE CE

Lehigh Valley Spring Symposium
            Date: Sunday April 30, 2017
            Location: Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center 
            Credits: Pending 4 hours CE- PVMA


PVMA District 8 Meeting: Minimally Invasive Surgery with Hope VS
            Date: Thursday April 27, 2017
            Location: TBD, Reading, PA 
            Credits: Pending 1.0-1.5 hrs CE- PVMA
            RSVP: Stay Tuned!  

Veterinary Sports Medicine Symposium
           Keynote:  Joseph J. Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVSMR- Cornell University
           Date: Sunday August 27, 2017
           Location: TBD Wilmington, DE
           Credits: Pending 4-5 CE credits

Veterinary Surgical Oncology Symposium
           Keynote: Sarah Boston, DVM, DACVS
           Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
           Location: Normandy Farms, Blue Bell, PA
           Credits: Pending 4-5 CE credits