Today's Veterinary Business

DEC-JAN 2017

Today’s Veterinary Business provides information and resources designed to help veterinarians and office management improve the financial performance of their practices, allowing them to increase the level of patient care and client service.

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58 Today's Veterinary Business • Equipment Guide 2017 Intestinal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tape- worms are primary disease agents in pets, and are potentially transmissible to humans, or zoonotic. Depending on the region in which a veterinary clinic is located and the health issues predominant in that region, a veterinarian will need to prevent these parasites or treat infected patients. To test for parasites, fecal examinations should be performed between two and four times in the first year of a dog's and cat's life. After that, a fecal exam is usually part of routine biannual or annual wellness exams. Some veterinarians opt to send tests to outside reference labs, although some experts raise the concern that because results are not available for about 24 hours, treatment is delayed. That's why many practices use in-house parasite testing on fecal samples. Two in-office methods are available for conducting a fecal exam: flotation and centrifuge. With both, the goal is to concentrate the parasite eggs, making them more visible under a microscope. Both methods call for the veterinarian or lab technician to mix the fecal sample with a solution. With a flotation device, the eggs float to the surface of the solution. The centrifuge technique loosens the eggs from the parasite before allowing them to float to the top of the solution. In addition, advanced centrifuge collection kits enable the user to obtain the sample with a coring tool, add it to a tube and mix it with a standard flotation fluid, simplifying the process and reducing the mess. Peripheral centrifuge equipment includes: • Centrifuge tubes • Microhematocrit/Capillary tubes • Blood tubes such as serum separators, EDTA, etc. • Sheather's solution • Fecal loops • Microscope slides • Microscope cover slips • Test tube rack • Differential counter Centrifuges Dentistry Veterinary dental equipment is not just for teeth cleaning. It helps practices identify and treat oral-health problems so more patients can avoid serious medical issues. Equipment overview Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting more than half of canines and felines over age 3. Not only does dental disease cause discomfort to pets, it can lead to issues such as liver and kidney disease. Practices can make a huge difference to patients by offering preventive dental care, plus early diagnosis and prompt treatment of dental and oral health issues. The latest diagnostic tools (radiography, for instance) help veterinarians identify hidden dangers. In addition, veterinarians can use advanced ultrasonic dental scaling equipment to remove plaque and therefore eliminate certain oral disease concerns. Ultrasonic scalers generally last at least five years, and many veterinarians use them about 500 times a year at $200 per teeth cleaning, increasing practice revenue while preventing serious illness. If serious dental/oral issues are discovered during the diagnostic and cleaning phases, other tools are required to address and treat the problems, including anesthesia and monitoring equipment, surgical equipment, drills, extraction equipment and others. Veterinarians providing dental care need: • Hand instruments (scalers, polishers, curettes, probes for measuring pocket depth, explorers for examination of hard-tissue defects, and prophy cups and paste) • Diagnostic equipment, particularly conventional and digital X-ray units • Dental drill units, hand pieces and burs • Extraction instruments (e.g., periosteal elevators, luxators, periodontal elevators, extraction forceps) • Anesthesia and monitoring equipment • Infection control disinfectants, instrument cleaners, autoclaves and personal protective apparel • Suction equipment • Fiberoptic light source • Hemostats • Mayo and Metzenbaum scissors • Needle holders • Mouth mirror • Head/eye loupes or other methods of magnification • Antiseptic rinse, fluoride, sealant • Needles and syringes • Items to prevent hypothermia (e.g., towels, blankets, circulating water blanket, hot air blanket, etc.) • Gauze and sponges • Suture (4-0 and smaller) • Bone augmentation material Lighting Today's veterinary lighting innovations for surgery, treatment, dental and exam areas are relegating outdated fixtures to the scrap heap, because they're greener, cooler, longer lasting and more efficient. For many years, halogen-based bulbs and their incandescent predecessors were the norm in the veterinary industry. Everything is different now. Exciting new technology has emerged, bringing veterinary lighting to an ecofriendly, high-per- formance level. Dramatically improved lighting products emit considerably lower heat, offer major increases in the life of light sources, and operate on a fraction of electricity previously needed. LED-based lighting represents the biggest and most important change in veterinary lighting, because of its lasting performance, eco-friendly output, high efficiency and extremely cool light output. LED light sources offer numerous advantages including a much cooler light output, cooler overall emission of ambient heat from the fixture, higher color temperatures and the most noticeable feature–the incredibly long life of the LEDs. In fact, LED technology has grown so quickly that the rated life of these light sources is now 50,000 hours. Additionally, the average LED light runs on about half the electricity of its halogen counterpart. With that in mind, owners of an LED-based surgery light may well find that they nev- er require an LED replacement. In other words, the entire light fixture may age to the point of replacement before the LEDs themselves. A stunning example of the difference: A typical halogen-based surgery light of 65,000 lux output, using a 100-watt halogen bulb, with a color temperature of 4,000 degrees Kelvin and a considerable amount of heat for that type of fixture versus a same-sized fixture with LEDs producing 65,000 lux output, emitting an improved color temperature of 4,300 degrees Kelvin and giving off virtually no heat.

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