Monthly Archives: September 2014

Cyathostomin Resistance to Moxidectin - The risks and reality

Cyathostomin Resistance to Moxidectin - The risks and reality

By Dr Emma Alsop BVSc Cert EM(IntMed) MRCVS Introduction Small strongyles (cyathostominea) are now the main parasitic pathogen in equines. The successful anthelmintic strategies used for the control of large strongyles have inadvertently led to the selection of drug resistant cyathostomes. There is a worldwide increase in the reported levels of anthelmintic resistance, and of… Continue Reading

Growth or decline: What makes the difference in a veterinary practice?

Growth or decline: What makes the difference in a veterinary practice?

Here’s a hint: It’s not the economy, clients’ desire for good care, or your level of competition. Mike Paul, DVM Depending on what you read, we are either in need of more veterinary schools or dealing with an overcapacity of veterinarians. We’re either seeing an increase in pet ownership or a decline in pet ownership,… Continue Reading

Interesting ECG 1

Interesting ECG 1

      By Russel J Leadsom BVSc CertVC MRCVS Signalment and history A 9-year-old male crossbred dog presented with a recent history of exercise-induced syncope. Heart rate alternated between 130 bpm and 65 bpm, both with regular rhythms. Echocardiography was unremarkable. Interpretation Intermittent second-degree 2:1 AV block with concurrent left bundle branch block. The… Continue Reading

Pathology snippet… or Snap-it! Cape Town

Pathology snippet… or Snap-it! Cape Town

By Rick Last BVSc, MMedVet (Path) MRCVS As a dour veterinary pathologist I pride myself in the following: I no longer get bitten by 75 kg Rotweillers. I no longer suffer multiple lacerations while attempting to give cats pills. I no longer get defecated on down the back of my overalls by bulls, while I… Continue Reading

Pinioning and Wing Clipping How, Why and When

Pinioning and Wing Clipping How, Why and When

  By Dr Dorianne Elliot DVN, BVSC Bird and Exotic Clinic, Onderstepoort One of the most distinctive characteristics of the birds as a group (with a few notable exceptions) must be their ability to fly. (Fig 1) This ability has allowed them to take advantage of a myriad of ecological niches and has been one… Continue Reading

Pemphigus Foliaceus in Cats

Pemphigus Foliaceus in Cats

Dr Rick Last – Specialist Veterinary Pathologist Introduction Pemphigus foliaceus (PF) is the most common feline autoimmune dermatosis. In cats lesions of PF are superficial pustules which, as the result of being thin roofed, frequently rupture to form crusts and underlying erosions. Lesion distribution is usually bilaterally symmetrical and most frequently involves nasal planum /… Continue Reading

Rehabilitation of neurological patients

Rehabilitation of neurological patients

Dr Megan Kelly, Holisticvet The most common neurological cases referred for physical rehabilitation are animals requiring post operative treatment after decompressive spinal cord surgery. Some may be suffering from inoperative conditions, such as degenerative myelopathy or fibrocartilagenous embolism. The goals however are the same and the therapies used will depend on the severity of the… Continue Reading

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