Category Archives: Vet360 Vol 4 Issue 5

Dr Freddy Hurley has written a brief article on compulsive disorders. It is CPD registered and I would urge veterinarians to read it. It is all too often I get confronted with a patient with an acral lick granuloma or a tail chaser which has endured countless unsuccessful surgeries, bandages and buster collars, but never had the primary cause treated. This condition occurs commonly and there is no excuse for incomplete management.

The ABCs of Veterinary Dentistry: “J” is for Jaw Fractures

The ABCs of Veterinary Dentistry: “J” is for Jaw Fractures

It’s all smooth sailing until a maxilla or mandible mishap. Here’s some help on navigating the sometimes scary course of jaw fracture repair. By Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP, FAVD When a dog or cat presents with a jaw fracture, trepidation often sets in – not unlike watching “Jaws” the movie. Ready to step into… Continue Reading

Do’s and Don’ts of the Common Ophthalmic Medications

Do’s and Don’ts of the Common Ophthalmic Medications

Dr Ramona Allen BSc (Med) Hons BVSc MMedVet (Ophthalmology Resident) Johannesburg Animal Eye Hospital A short list of some of the more commonly used veterinary ophthalmic drugs and some pointers on  their specific applications. Practical general tips: • Ointment medications should be warmed up first (put in pocket for a few minutes), a blob of… Continue Reading

Just Ask the Expert: Is There a Role for Melatonin in Dogs and Cats with IMHA?

Just Ask the Expert: Is There a Role for Melatonin in Dogs and Cats with IMHA?

Article reprinted with permission of VETERINARY MEDICINE – Jul 27, 2017 VETERINARY MEDICINE is a copyrighted publication of Advanstar. Communications inc. All rights reserved. By Christopher G. Byers, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM VETERINARY MEDICINE This hormone is already embraced by some veterinarians for various conditions. Dr. Christopher Byers explores whether there is an indication for immune-mediated… Continue Reading

Elevated Liver Enzyme  Activity in a Dog: An Algorithm to Help you Determine “Now What?”

Elevated Liver Enzyme Activity in a Dog: An Algorithm to Help you Determine “Now What?”

By David Twedt, DVM, DACVIM VETERINARY MEDICINE Whether a veterinary patient is symptomatic or asymptomatic, use this guide to help you get to a diagnosis. You just got your laboratory report, which shows abnormal liver enzyme [e.g. alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP)] activity. The frustration begins. How much… Continue Reading

The Wonders of  External Skeletal Fixation in  Small Animals

The Wonders of External Skeletal Fixation in Small Animals

By Dr Ross Elliott Bryanston Veterinary Hospital Introduction In the past external skeletal fixators had a poor reputation for repair of fractures in both human and veterinary medicine. Although the theory behind the concept is sound the complication rates were unacceptably high. This all changed dramatically once technology caught up to the science behind the… Continue Reading

An Emerging Disease:  Gall Bladder Mucocoeles in Dogs

An Emerging Disease: Gall Bladder Mucocoeles in Dogs

Dr Liesel van der Merwe  BVSc MMedVet(Med) Outpatients , OVAH, Faculty of Veterinary Science, UP The gall bladder is a reservoir to store bile. Bile is concentrated, acidified and modified before being released into the duodenum via the common bile duct through the sphincter of Oddi at the major duodenal papilla. These functions are not… Continue Reading

The Tyranny of Choice in The Exam Room

The Tyranny of Choice in The Exam Room

Dr Dave Nicol  BVMS Cert Mgmt I read a comment on a social media thread that gave me reason to write about the tyranny of choice. Here’s what was posted, “Clients are more questioning of the profession these days, more able to price-compare and the reticence about discussing money is long-gone. Our practice ethos is… Continue Reading

CPD: Compulsive Disorders in Dogs

CPD: 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

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