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Channeling Sofia

Channeling Sofia


Lauren and JJ discuss emotional regulation and distress tolerance skills, plus make plans for the holiday episode! Please note that at the time of this recording neither Lauren nor JJ are licensed mental health providers. This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not constitute therapy. If you or someone you know is struggling, reach out to a licensed therapist in your area. Note that dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a type of therapy referenced in this episode, was developed by Marsha Linehan. Learn more here: References: (1) Rosenhaft, A. The dialectical behavior therapy skills I still use today. Psychology Today. Posted January 24, 2023. Accessed 11/30/2023. (2) Crossfield, A. How to tolerate emotional distress. Psychology Today. Posted March 23, 2020. Accessed 11/30/2023. (3) Moore, M. 4 DBT skills for everyday challenges. PsychCentral. Last updated July 7, 2022. Accessed 11/30/2023. (4) Rosenthal, J. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) distress tolerance skills: TIPP [sic] skills. Manhattan Psychology Group. Date of writing/ posting not indicated. Accessed 11/30/2023. (5) Robinson, B. E. The 90-second rule that builds self-control. Psychology Today. Posted April 26, 2020. Accessed 11/30/2023. Resources: (1) Use the Psychology Today therapist finder to locate a DBT practitioner in your area: (2) is a free resource containing a lot of information about distress tolerance and emotional regulation skills: (3) Visit the DBT website for free skills information:
Lauren and JJ answer listener mail: When is it appropriate to cry while attending a patient's euthanasia? How can you cope with the uneducated veterinary opinions of friends and family members?
Dealer's Choice

Dealer's Choice


Lauren and JJ investigate a case of vomiting and bloody diarrhea in a dog. This episode includes a detailed review of canine pancreatitis. References: (1) Kirby, R., & Linklater, A. (2016). Monitoring and intervention for the critically ill small animal: The rule of 20. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. DOI:10.1002/9781118923870 (2) Ceva News. (2023). Panoquell-CA1 (fuzapladib sodium for injection) is now available in the U.S. (3) Byers, C. G. (2022). Practical management of acute pancreatitis in dogs. Proceedings from the Fetch DVM360 Conference. (4) Pancreatitis (canine). Veteirnary Information Network. Last updated by Rothrock, K. on June 12, 2020.
Lauren and JJ provide important clinical updates about a new device to aid in pain detection in animal patients and a new medication for feline diabetes mellitus! Resources: (1) Information about the PainTrace multi-species neurobiosignal actionable outcome measure test from the manufacturer: (2) Product label for Bexacat (bexagliflozin), a sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor: (3) FDA approves first oral treatment for cats with diabetes mellitus. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2022). (4) Heavyweight podcast: (5) The Retrievals podcast:
Lauren and JJ investigate a case of retching and anxiety in a dog patient. This episode includes a review of gastric dilatation and volvulus in the dog. References: (1)Gastric dilatation-volvulus syndrome (canine). Veterinary Information Network. Last upadated 8/4/22 by Rothrock, K. (2) Rudloff, E. (2022). A review of GDV. Proceedings of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Spring Symposium.
Lauren and JJ continue the series of Snackisodes on dangerous snacks with an episode about xylitol toxicity in dogs. References: (1) Xylitol toxicosis (canine). Veterinary Information Network. Last updated by Galles, B. in July 2023.
For this year's Howloween Spooktacular, Lauren and JJ discuss premature burial. References: (1) Premature burial. Wikipedia. Accessed 10/1/23. (2) Safety coffin. Wikipedia. Accessed 10/1/23. (3) Lady with the ring. Wikipedia. Accessed 10/1/23.
Next in our series of Snackisodes on dangerous snacks is tremorgenic mycotoxicosis! Specific mycotoxins discussed in today's episode include: (1) Penitrem A, which is the most clinically significant tremorgenic mycotoxin in dogs and is produced by Penicillium crustosum (2) Roquefortine C, which is primarily produced by Penicillium roqueforti; note that there is a harmless version of roquefortine C which is used in the production of roquefort cheese (3) Verruculogen, which is associated with spoiled meats References: (1) Tremorgenic mycotoxicosis (canine). VINcyclopedia. Last updated by Galles, B on 10/10/23. (2) Eriksen GS, Bernhoft A, Rundberget T, et al: Poisoning of dogs with tremorgenic Penicillium toxins. Med Mycol 2010 Vol 48 (1) pp. 188-96. (3) Puschner B: Penitrem A and roquefortine. In: Plumlee KH (ed): Clinical Veterinary Toxicology Mosby, St. Louis, MO 2004 pp. 258-59 (4) Hayes AW, Presley DB, Neville JA: Acute toxicity of penitrem A in dogs. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 1976 Vol 35 (2) pp. 311-20.
We've Got This on Lockdown

We've Got This on Lockdown


Lauren and JJ investigate a case of a strange facial expression and stiff gait in a dog patient. This episode contains an in-depth review of tetanus. References: (1) Tetanus (Canine). VINcyclopedia. Last updated 9/11/23 by Rothrock, K. (2) Popoff MR. Tetanus in animals. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2020 Mar;32(2):184-191. doi: 10.1177/1040638720906814. (3) Ives, E. (2014). Tetanus in dogs: Clinical signs and management. Vet Times.
In the latest installment of "Snackisodes on Dangerous Snacks," Lauren and JJ discuss anticoagulant rodenticides. First generation anticoagulants referenced include warfarin, chlorphacinone, coumatetralyl, coumafuryl, diphacinone, fumarin, pindone, and valone. Second generation anticoagulants referenced include brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone, and difenacoum. References: (1) Anticoagulant rodenticide toxicosis. VINcyclopedia of Diseases. Last updated by Brister, J. on 6/5/2021.
Lauren and JJ welcome veterinarian Dr. Shelby Agnew back to the podcast to investigate a case of lethargy and difficulty breathing in a Doberman pinscher. This episode includes a review of dilated cardiomyopathy in the dog. References: (1) Dilated cardiomyopathy (canine). VINcyclopedia. Last updated: Galles, B. January 2023. (2) Summerfield, N. J., Boswood, A., O'Grady, M. R., et al. (2012). Efficacy of pimobendan in the prevention of congestive heart failure or sudden death in doberman pinschers with preclinical dilated cardiomyopathy: The PROTECT study. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 26(6), 1337-1349. (3) Wess, G. (2022). Screening for dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology, 40(1), 51-68. Special Guest: Shelby Agnew.
In the second installment of the Snackisodes on Dangerous Snacks series, Lauren and JJ discuss chocolate toxicity in dogs and cats! References: (1) Gwaltney-Brant, S. M. Chocolate Toxicosis in Animals. Merck Veterinary Manual. Last updated Nov 2022. (2) Methylxanthine toxicosis (Canine). VINcyclopedia. Last updated May of 2023 by Galles, B. (3) Weingart, C., Hartmann, A., & Kohn, B. Chocolate ingestion in dogs: 156 events (2015-2019). J Small Anim Pract 2021 Vol 62 (11) pp. 979-83.
Ferret on Cocaine

Ferret on Cocaine


Lauren and JJ welcome veterinary emergency clinician Dr. Erin Brown to the podcast to discuss emergency medicine and the Accelerate Program at Huntsville Veterinary Specialists and Emergency. Special Guest: Erin Brown.
Lauren and JJ discuss allium toxicity in dogs and cats. References: (1) Fisher, A., & Gwaltney-Brant, S. (2022). Allium (Garlic/Onion) Toxicosis (Canine and Feline Chapters). VINcyclopedia. (2) Cope, R. B. (2005). Toxicology Brief: Allium species Poisoning in Dogs and Cats. DVM 360.
Hope is a Verb

Hope is a Verb


Lauren and JJ welcome licensed psychotherapist Dr. Laurie Fonken back to the podcast to discuss hope and the Veterinary Hope Foundation. Veterinary Hope Foundation: Special Guest: Laurie Fonken.
Lauren and JJ (belatedly) celebrate the podcast's 100th episode with a Q&A featuring life advice, book recommendations, and zombies.
The Litmus Test

The Litmus Test


Lauren and JJ welcome therapist Dana Hampson back to the podcast to talk about setting boundaries and overcoming the fear of disappointing others. References/ Recommendations: (1) Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty... And Start Speaking Up, Saying No, Asking Boldly, And Unapologetically Being Yourself by Aziz Gazipura (2) The Gift: 14 Lessons to Save Your Life by Edith Eva Eger (3) Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be by Becky Kennedy (4) Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover Tawwab (5) The Better Boundaries Workbook: A CBT-Based Program to Help You Set Limits, Express Your Needs, and Create Healthy Relationships by Sharon Martin Special Guest: Dana Hampson.
Lauren and JJ talk about personal and professional identity, as well as the problem of making work your whole personality.
Frog on the Rocks

Frog on the Rocks


Lauren and JJ welcome multispecies veterinarian Jennifer Graham to the podcast to talk about exotic and small mammal medicine! Special Guest: Jennifer Graham.
Lauren, JJ, and special guest technician Elena continue to investigate the case of a dog with urate uroliths and elevated bile acids. This is part 2 of a two-part case. For the first part, see Episode 4.4: Please Don't Be High. This episode includes a review of the potential causes of bile acids elevations in the dog, as well as a discussion about portosystemic shunts in the dog. Sources: (1) Konstantinidis, A. O., et al. (2023). Congenital portosystemic shunts in dogs and cats: Classification, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and diagnosis. Veterinary Sciences, 10(2), 160. DOI: 10.3390/vetsci10020160 (2) Williams, K., & Ward, E. Portosystemic shunt in dogs. VCA Animal Hospitals. (3) Nelson, N. C., & Nelson, L. L. (2011). Anatomy of extrahepatic portosystemic shunts in dogs as determined by computed tomography angiography. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound, 52(5), 498-506. DOI: 10.1111/j.1740-8261.2011.01827.x (4) Minnesota Urolith Center. Canine urate uroliths. University of Minnesota. (5) Rothrock, K., & Shell, L. (2020). Portosystemic shunt (canine). VINcyclopedia of Diseases. (6) Rothrock, K., & Shell, L. (2022). Urolithiasis, urate (canine). VINcyclopedia of Diseases. (7) Rishniw, M. (2017). Bile acids. VIN Medical FAQs. Special Guest: Elena Graves.
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