Vision loss can occur gradually or manifest acutely in dogs, but acute and complete blindness can be particularly devastating. The abrupt nature of this blindness is very disconcerting for all involved and pet owners may make hasty conclusions and decisions. A thorough general and ophthalmic history is crucially important to the investigation of blindness because differential diagnoses can be quite different depending upon the onset and duration of the deficits. As the history is being gathered, confirmation of vision—or the lack thereof—should be performed. Note that some patients—those with neurologic disease and aged animals with cognitive dysfunction—may behave as if they are visually impaired even though their visual systems are functional.
It has now been almost five years since the NAVC became the North American Veterinary Community—changing the “C” in NAVC from Conference to Community.
This change was a deliberate effort to not only recognize and embrace the entire profession, but to bolster the NAVC’s evolution from…
Aside from a histologic confirmation of insulinoma, no currently available diagnostic test provides a definitive diagnosis of insulinoma. Existing techniques may help increase suspicion for an insulin-secreting tumor but, with most diagnostic testing, it is imperative to interpret all results in the context of the coexisting clinical signs.
The high risk of suicide among veterinarians is a perfect storm of two factors—compassion fatigue and an acquired capability for self-harm—further compounded by the unique professional experiences of veterinarians.