Category Archives: Vet360 Vol 06 Issue 03

This issue gives a lot of space to upper airway abnormalities as well as the problems encountered with brachycephalic breeds. World wide the veterinary profession is starting to stand up against breeding for looks and not function and in South Africa we need to start doing our part to prevent the breeding of animals which will require much medical or surgical intervention throughout their lives and even then have poor quality of life and even pain. Dr Kurt de Cramer is placing an article in the next edition and is well placed to take on this task – if anyone is interested to contact him. Thanks once again to Prof. Leisewitz for the dermatology article – pruritic disease in cats. Some important basics are once again re-iterated.

 

Optimising an Indoor Lifestyle for Cats

Dr Margie Scherk  DVM DipABVP (feline practice) Introduction People benefit from living with pets. As companions, they provide stress relief, stability of routine, and improved health1. Yet how to best care for our cats remains controversial, and there are cultural and regional differences in what people believe is the best way to house cats. As… Continue Reading

Geriatric Veterinary Dentistry: How old is too old to make it right?

Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP, FAVD Pediatric and adolescent companion animal dentistry focuses largely on the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and developmental oral issues, including persistent and retained deciduous teeth, supernumerary teeth, orthodontic malpositions, and malocclusions. Mature canine and feline dentistry deals primarily with fractured teeth, tooth resorption, and periodontal disease (PD) prevention. Senior… Continue Reading

Tracheal Stenting for Tracheal Collapse

Dr Paolo Pazzi, BVSc MMedVet (Med), Small Animals Diplomate ECVIAM (CA), Faculty of Vet Sc., UP Dr Anri Celliers, BVSc MMedVet (Med), Small Animals Faculty of Vet Sc., UP Tracheal collapse is a progressive, diffuse disease that can affect the trachea, mainstem bronchi and bronchioles.  It occurs mainly in middle-aged toy- and small-breed dogs, with… Continue Reading

Upper Airway Causes of Dyspnoea in Dogs

Dr Ross Elliot BVSc MMedVet (Surgery) South Africa, Bryanston 1. Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) is a complex syndrome affecting brachycephalic dogs. The syndrome is made up of primary and secondary anatomical malformations that lead to increased resistance of airflow through the upper airway. The primary anatomical defects consist of… Continue Reading

Brachycephalimania

Dr Daniela Steckler VetMed (Germany), MSc, Diplomat of AC Hilton Veterinary Hospital Based on their skull morphotypes, dog breeds are currently classified as dolichocephalic (long skulls such as the greyhound, Afghan Hound, Dachshund, German Shepherd), mesocephalic (normal length skull) or brachycephalic (short skull such as the pug, English bulldog, French bulldog, Boston terrier). Dolichocephalic breeds… Continue Reading

7 Steps to a High Performance Practice

Alan Robinson BVSC MRCVS DMS Director, Vet Dynamics UK Ltd Veterinary practice is a reactive business. Practices tend to wait and see what happens to them (e.g. economy, legislation, internet, competition, etc.) then knee-jerk react positively or negatively to the consequences. As a result life in practice can be chaotic, reactive and stressful – many… Continue Reading

Feline Allergic Dermatitis

Prof. Andrew Leisewitz BVSc, MMedVet(Med), PhD Senior Lecturer Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies Faculty of Veterinary Science The following review is based largely on a very well written publication entitled ‘Cutaneous hypersensitivity dermatoses in the feline patient: A review of allergic skin disease in cats.’ It was published in Veterinary Sciences, 2017, 4, 25;… Continue Reading

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