RECOVER – Saving Lives through Veterinary Research and Education

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RECOVER CPR
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Headquartered in Gardena, California, DV Medical Supply is a family-owned company that has served medical, pharmaceutical, and veterinary communities for nearly four decades. DV Medical Supply is a member of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (VECCS), which hosts the annual International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium and champions initiatives such as RECOVER CPR.

While the survival rate for humans that go into cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) is over 20 percent, the portion of cats and dogs who survive is lower than 6 percent. Advances in CPA interventions for humans are largely the result of standardization in medical guidelines and training, but for several decades, similar standards for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) did not exist in the realm of veterinary medicine. VECCS and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) partnered to advance the veterinary understanding of CPA through an initiative entitled The Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation, or RECOVER.

Over the course of 18 months, the organizations worked with an international group of 100 board-certified veterinarians to develop a set of best practices for veterinary CPR. The all-volunteer initiative conducted an extensive review of current knowledge surrounding CPR, then drew on this to create a set of evidence-based guidelines outlining proper CPR procedures for dogs and cats. The results of the initiative appeared in the June 2012 edition of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, which provides a comprehensive overview encompassing the new veterinary CPR guidelines, drug dosing charts, and a summary of the research considered by the project.

Hydroxyzine – Effective Against Pet Itchiness and Allergic Reactions

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DV Medical Supply is a wholesale distributor of quality veterinary medications at affordable prices. Featuring a wide selection of hard-to-source drugs, DV Medical Supply stocks products such as metronidazole, cephalexin, and hydroxyzine. Commonly used by humans as a sedative for tension and anxiety issues, the antihistamine hydroxyzine is also effective against hives and other allergic skin reactions.

For pets, hydroxyzine is administered in situations involving various allergic reactions, from insect and snake bites, to vaccine reactions. The active ingredient works to counteract the chemical histamine, which is released by the pet’s body in certain circumstances, causing itchiness and inflammation.

Through blocking H-1 receptors within the smooth muscles and smaller blood vessels, hydroxyzine prevents a widening of the vessels, which can result in inflammation. It also blocks the contraction of muscles surrounding the airways, preventing breathing difficulties. Hydroxyzine is a prescription medication and should always be administered according to veterinarian directions.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in L.A. Hosts Golf Event

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
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Family-owned and operated in Gardena, California, DV Medical Supply provides medical, surgical, and pharmaceutical supplies to medical professionals. Dedicated to supporting the community it serves, DV Medical Supply supports several nonprofit organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

The leading global organization dedicated to type 1 diabetes research and funding, JDRF works to eradicate the disease through education and support. The organization also funds research to cure, prevent, and treat type 1 diabetes and its complications. To help raise these funds, JDRF hosts a variety of events at its chapters scattered across the country.

One upcoming event, scheduled for October 10, 2016, is Tee Up with JDRF LA. Held at the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California, this golfing event features several options for participants. A foursome for the golf event costs $1,200, while an individual player can pay $300 to participate. Dinner costs $75. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, with individuals or corporations paying $1,500 for their names on the golf cart or scorecard, while $750 gets their name on a tee sign.