Monthly Archives: February 2015

Veterinary Protocol for Client Care During the Consultation

Veterinary Protocol for Client Care During the Consultation

By Dr Pere Mercader (DVM, MBA, DEA) According to some, the consultation is the temple of veterinary medicine. The client’s perception of our service will largely depend on what happens during the consultation and on the manner in which it is conducted. That is why it is very important to develop a client and patient… Continue Reading

Managing MRSA, MRSP,  and MRSS dermatologic infections in pets

Managing MRSA, MRSP, and MRSS dermatologic infections in pets

By Kimberly S. Coyner, DVM, DACVD In Part 1 of this series (“The emergence and prevalence of MRSA, MRSP, and MRSS in pets and people” in the September 2014 issue), we took a look at how methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP), and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus schleiferi (MRSS) strains have become an increasing problem… Continue Reading

A Review of Sterilisation Practices in Dogs and Cat and Impact on the Individual Animal ACCREDITED CPD

A Review of Sterilisation Practices in Dogs and Cat and Impact on the Individual Animal ACCREDITED CPD

By K. De Cramer and K. May Article reviewed by Dr Stephen Hughes (BVSc, MMed (Vet), (Gyn) Introduction Gonadectomy or neutering refers to the removal of the gonads (testis or ovaries). The words spaying and castration refers to gonadectomy of the female and male domestic animal, respectively. Gonadectomy is the most common surgical procedure performed in small animals worldwide, it is… Continue Reading

SAVC Policy on Early Sterilisation in Dogs and Cats

SAVC Policy on Early Sterilisation in Dogs and Cats

VC/13/1 Policy There is no position statement per se. There is however a decision the Register of Decisions, copied below, for ease of reference. “28.31 Neutering of Animals at early age The Council accepted the following principles relating to the proposed neutering of puppies and kittens at an early age by the SPCA: Early neutering was not unacceptable to… Continue Reading

Sterilisation A Behaviourist Point of View

Sterilisation A Behaviourist Point of View

Dr Frederique Hurley , Behavivet Castration of male dogs and cats has valuable behavioural benefits. Castration can decrease unacceptable sexual behaviour, aggressiveness, urine marking, and prevent breeding. With respect to behaviour, it should be clearly understood that the only behaviours affected by castration would be those that are influenced by male hormones. Thus, castration effects sexually dimorphic behaviours, those seen predominantly in males.… Continue Reading

Studies Call Neutering of Pets Into Question Research highlights sterilization downside, spurs discussion in veterinary community.

Studies Call Neutering of Pets Into Question Research highlights sterilization downside, spurs discussion in veterinary community.

By Heather Biele, DVM, DVM360 MAGAZINE, Jun 01, 2013 For many veterinarians, recommending spaying and neutering comes so easily it hardly merits a second thought. But recent studies out of the University of California Davis and the University of Georgia have challenged that autopilot approach. In February, researchers at UC Davis published a study in the online journal PLOS ONE… Continue Reading

Butorphanol vs. Buprenorphine for Postop Pain Control in Cats

Butorphanol vs. Buprenorphine for Postop Pain Control in Cats

Warne LN, Beths T, Holm M, et al. Evaluation of the perioperative analgesic efficacy of buprenorphine, compared with butorphanol, in cats. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2014;245(2):195-202. Summary by Jennifer L. Garcia, DVM, DACVIM From: VETERINARY MEDICINE, Nov 05, 2014 Why they did it A variety of pain management options are available to ease pain in our feline patients. These… Continue Reading

Upper Thoracic Disease (T1-T9) in Large-Breed Dogs

Upper Thoracic Disease (T1-T9) in Large-Breed Dogs

Haeron K, Berg J, Bonczynski, J, Suarez C, and Bergman P. Upper Thoracic Disc Disease (T1-T9) in Large-Breed Dogs. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 2014 (50):105-111 Summarised By Dr Liesel van der Merwe BVSc MMedVet(Med) Why they did it. IVDD is one of the the most common neurological disease in dogs. The cervical , caudal thoracic and lumbar discs… Continue Reading

Case-control study of the effects of pimobendan on survival time in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure Reina-Doste,Y, Stern,J et al Case-Control study of the effects of pimobendan on survival time in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, JAVMA 2014 (245) 534-539.

Case-control study of the effects of pimobendan on survival time in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure Reina-Doste,Y, Stern,J et al Case-Control study of the effects of pimobendan on survival time in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, JAVMA 2014 (245) 534-539.

Summarised by Dr Marlies Bohm BVSc DSAM, MMedVet(Med), DipECVIM. Why they did it Pimobendan has been shown to improve survival time in dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and myxomatous valvular degeneration by improving systolic function and acting as a balanced vasodilator. It also has anti-platelet properties. Pimobendan has been used in cats with a variety of cardiac diseases but there is a… Continue Reading

Characterisation and Outcome Following Excision of Masses in the Nictitating Membranes of Horses: 50 cases (1998 – 2012)

Characterisation and Outcome Following Excision of Masses in the Nictitating Membranes of Horses: 50 cases (1998 – 2012)

Summarised by Liesel van der Merwe BVSC (MMedVet(Med) JAVMA , Vol 245(7):812 -815 Scherrer, NM et al Determined the histiologic findings associated with masses in the 3rd eyelid of horses to identify prognostic factors associated with outcome Why they did it. The nictitating membrane (3rd eyelid) is an important site of peri-ocular neoplasia with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) being most… Continue Reading

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