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Fructosamine is an average diabetes test. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

Fructosamine testing looks beyond the hour-to-hour and day-to-day blood glucose fluctuations, to provide the patient's average glucose over the previous 2–3 weeks. Fructosamine testing is integral to a thorough assessment of glycemic control. The bottom line: fructosamine is big picture, whereas blood glucose curves (BGCs) are hour-to-hour, and both are important.

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'Tis the season for holidays...and pancreatitis

The holidays are almost here and veterinary practices are gearing up to treat some common seasonal complaints. One of these issues, pancreatitis, can stem from getting into the garbage or eating fatty table scraps—turkey skin, chocolates, and other rich foods—that pets get all too much of at this time of year.

So especially over the next few months, it’s a good idea to find out if it’s pancreatitis first when canine patients present with vomiting, abdominal pain, or anorexia.

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5 ways to get your practice ready for Diabetes Month

November is Diabetes Month and a perfect time to put this common endocrine disorder front and center in your practice. Make sure staff are aware of the signs and protocols, and that clients understand how to help diabetic pets live a happy, active life. 

Use this checklist to keep diabetes top of mind in your practice:

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Leptospirosis kills three dogs in New Jersey

The news

Three dogs have died and five have been treated for leptospirosis in northern New Jersey. Local veterinarian underscores the importance of vaccination and early recognition and treatment. 

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How the Section 179 tax deduction can fuel your veterinary practice growth

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only and should not be relied on for tax, legal, or accounting advice.  You should consult your own tax advisor regarding its application to your specific situation.  

Section 179 of the IRS tax code addresses how business owners deduct the purchase of big-ticket equipment on their tax returns. At the very end of 2015, the limit for deductions was raised from $25,000 to $500,000. (That’s a 1900% increase!) For veterinary practices, these purchases—even those financed through a lease agreement—represent a terrific opportunity to save big on taxes.

If your practice is going to owe federal income taxes this year, Section 179 can help build your business and reduce your tax liability at the same time.

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