Category Archives: CPD Articles

Compulsive Disorders in Dogs

Stereotypical behaviour describes repetitive, ritualised, out-of-context locomotor behaviour, such as pacing, circling, or shuffling. Compulsive behaviour was introduced to capture behaviours related to stereotype behaviour, but that are non-locomotor (vocalisation, licking, self-mutilation, staring, holding an object or part of body, staring into space). Today the term compulsive disorder is used as a general term for… Continue Reading

FELINE NEONATAL ISOERYTHROLYSIS

Van der Merwe L.L. BVSc Hons MMed(Vet) Small Animal Medicine Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies (Outpatients), Faculty of Veterinary Science, Private Bag X04, Onderstepoort 0110. Lieselvdmvet@gmail.com   Feline Blood Groups Feline blood groups have been characterized as Type A, Type B and Type AB, with Type A being most prevalent. The frequency of the… Continue Reading

Antibiotic Stewardship II

Introduction A series of articles has been planned in order to give veterinarians some insight into certain aspects of the responsible and prudent use of antibiotics and other veterinary medicinal products (VMP). The OIE – Terrestrial Animal Health Code – 30/07/2015 publication was quoted in the previous article regarding the various responsibilities of veterinarians and… Continue Reading

Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Horses

Dr Rick Last – BVSc; M.Med.Vet (Pathology) Specialist Veterinary Pathologist Vetdiagnostix – Veterinary Pathology Services Group   INTRODUCTION  Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common neoplasia of equines most often affecting the skin, eyes and genitalia, although a number of cases also affect the oral cavity, guttural pouches, stomach, and urinary bladder.   Cutaneous SCC… Continue Reading

Medetomidine Premedication for Caesarean Section in the Bitch

By K G M De Cramer, BVSc, MMedVet(Gyn), PhD & K E. Joubert  B.V.Sc M.Med Vet (Anaes) The ideal anaesthetic protocol for caesarean section (CS) should provide adequate muscle relaxation, analgesia and narcosis for optimal operating conditions, be safe for the bitch 2 and should not affect the viability and survival of the puppies 3,4. Additional recommendations… Continue Reading

Vaccinations and all its Intricacies

By: Dr Grant van Lelyveld (BVSc.) Technical and Marketing Manager for Ruminants HIPRA Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd.   Why do we vaccinate our herds against diseases like Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD), Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR), Quarter evil (Clostridial spp.) and other such things, but more importantly how can we ensure that we get the best… Continue Reading

Are all Generics Created Equal?

By Dr Vinny Naidoo   Bioequivalence is the comparison of the plasma profile between the test and reference product. A generic product is bioequivalent to the innovator product and it thus essentially identical – in a species group. There is no pharmacokinetic evidence to support human medicines being generics for veterinary species.    Introduction A… Continue Reading

CPD: Medial Patella Luxation

By Dr Ross Elliot   INTRODUCTION Medial patella luxation (MPL) is a common developmental orthopaedic condition of the canine patient. Small breed dogs are more commonly affected by the condition than large breed dogs. Patella luxation also occurs in large breeds dogs with medial luxation occurring more commonly than lateral luxation. Medial patella luxation can… 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

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