The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a one-of-a-kind, non-profit organization working to find and fund scientific research studies with the greatest potential to impact the health of all dogs. CHF bridges the gap between research and animal care by sharing the results of their funded discoveries with veterinary professionals like you, along with dog breeders and dog lovers dedicated to improving the health of our beloved dogs.
What is Vet BLUE®?
FAST is an acronym that stands for Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma. It is an ultrasound exam developed by trauma surgeons (yes trauma surgeons) in the 1990s and used in people as a screening test for the detection of free fluid in the abdominal cavity, ascites, and the pleural cavity including pleural effusion and pericardial effusion. In 2004 the translational study from humans to dogs was published by Boysen and colleagues out of Tufts.
Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro reviews the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus and diabetic ketoacidosis. She then discusses the diagnosis and treatment of DKA patients, including identifying and treating underlying causes of insulin resistance and nutritional support. Course Handout Course Details
Dr. Karyn Bischoff reviews the roles of veterinarians and the FDA in pet food safety. She discusses common types and sources of contamination, including natural contaminants, formulation errors, and adulteration. Course Handout Course Details
Dr. Sarah Cavanaugh addresses three common causes of canine cardiac emergencies: congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and pericardial effusion. She discusses causes, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up for each, with attention to effective and compassionate client communication throughout. Course Handout Course Details
Dr. Amy Rankin reviews intraocular causes for a dog to present to a veterinarian with the complaint of a “red eye,” including glaucoma, anterior uveitis, and hyphema. She describes etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of each condition and provides helpful client communication advice. Course Handout Course Details