Monthly Archives: March 2017

Vets Take on Joberg2C Challenge for Rhino’s

Vets Take on Joberg2C Challenge for Rhino’s Three passionate veterinarians will go beyond the call of duty, covering 900 rugged kilometres across four provinces of South Africa over 9 days from 21 to 29 April in the 2017 joBerg2c, to raise funds for saving the iconic rhino. Two Small Animal Veterinarians from the UK –… Continue Reading

The ABCs of veterinary dentistry “F” is for furcation disease By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP, FAVD

  The furcation is a normal anatomical region where the roots begin to diverge in a multirooted tooth. Normally, this area is sealed from the oral environment by the periodontium (gingiva, periodontal ligament, alveolar bone, cementum). Accumulation of plaque and calculus buccally often results in periodontal inflammation and infection. Extension of periodontal disease between the… Continue Reading

Nutritional Assessment in Small Animals Dr Martin de Scally BVSc, Hons MMedVet (Med) Hilton Veterinary Hospital

Optimal health in dogs and cats is highly dependent on optimal nutrition. It is impossible to know what optimal is for each patient due to variation in age, breed, illness and current nutritional status; without a nutritional assessment on each individual patient. A nutritional assessment should include a dietary history, a full clinical exam, a… Continue Reading

Surgical Tips For Performing Nasal Planum Resection For Squamous Cell Carcinoma Dr RC Elliott BVSc MMedVet Surgery (Bryanston Veterinary Hospital)

Introduction Nasal planum resection or planectomy is a drastic surgical procedure in the treatment of malignant disease of the nasal cartilage. It involves circumferential resection of the nasal cartilage rostral to the nasal and incisive bone of the maxilla. Even though this is considered drastic surgery mainly due to the appearance of the patient post… Continue Reading

Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Dogs and Cats Dr Anthony Zambelli - Inanda Veterinary Hospital

  Any tumour growing within (dermal), on (epidermal) or even under the skin (subdermal) should be considered a skin tumour. Some skin tumours are benign (i.e., slow-growing, completely curable with complete resection and don’t spread) while others are malignant (faster growing, invasive, sometimes incurable, and may spread to other organs). In order to classify what… Continue Reading

Trazadone may lessen patient stress while in the veterinary hospital Summarized by Jennifer L. Garcia, DVM, DACVIM, VETERINARY MEDICINE

The SEresults of this study may change up your go-to sedative for your anxious hospitalised veterinary patients. Why they did it The more we know about the detrimental effects of stress in our patients, the more important it is to find ways to minimize stress and improve the welfare of our hospitalized veterinary patients. In… Continue Reading

Epidural Anaesthesia and Analgesia By Lydia Love, DVM, Christine Egger, DVM, MVSc, DACVA. Reviewed by Dr Gareth Zeiler BVSc MMedVet (Anaes)

Consider this straightforward and economical technique to relieve your pa­tients’ pain. And if you haven’t already learned the technique, attend a wet lab or visit a local referral practice. You and your patients will benefit. Preoperative epidural injection of local anaesthet­ics and opioids provides excellent preemptive, multimodal intraoperative analgesia; reduces the concentration of volatile anaesthetic… Continue Reading

Optimal Management of Canine Seizures Extracts from the 2015 ACVIM Consensus Statement on Seizure Management in Dogs By: Dr LL van der Merwe BVSc MMed Vet (Med)

Seizures are common in dogs and are characterised by a wide variety of clinical signs/presentations. Epilepsy is a syndrome and not a diagnosis as such, a specific diagnosis as to the cause of the seizure is not made in the majority of cases due to a variety of reason. In epilepsy, survivability depends more on… Continue Reading

Your Practice Needs a Client Communication Co-ordinator By Kyle Palmer, CVT

Who has time to send smartphone texts, send and receive medical records, manage online appointments and send patient updates and cute pics to information-hungry pet owners? Here’s why I think everyone needs this new client-facing team member in their veterinary practice. One new change at our practice that is 100 percent client-centric is the addition… Continue Reading

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