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Animal Scene - 2021-09-01

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UNIQUE CHALLENGES IN VETERINARY CARE

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So, what are the signs and symptoms of canine distemper? The difference between signs and symptoms is more significantly felt in veterinary medicine. In human medicine, for the most part, the patient can describe their symptoms: what they are, when they started, and how they are affecting the individual. In veterinary medicine, the clinician must develop a keen sense of what’s wrong with an animal upon presentation by first understanding what is considered normal. The animal cannot describe his symptoms, so skills in pattern recognition is a necessary skill among veterinary professionals. A veterinary clinician must master skills in investigating history, in listening to his client’s narration of things as to which came first, and sometimes, in estimating the age of the animal. Generally, the word signalment comes to mind, which describes important basic information about a patient, namely the species, breed, age, and sex. We further classify sex according to whether or not the animal is entire, which means that none of its reproductive organs have been removed. After all of these have been taken into consideration, a preliminary dichotomy of conditions that have been added and removed from the working diagnosis is made, in case it is difficult to come up with just one presumptive diagnosis.

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