Category Archives: Vet 360 Vol4 Issue 3

The June issue is full of local content. Thanks to the veterinarians who gave up their time to contribute. At Vet360 we aim to highlight issues with practical relevance and import.  The CPD points has been split between 2 articles. We aim to keep our articles concise – this means I cannot often eke out 10 good CPD questions, so 2 articles with 5 questions on each will hopefully be more practical.

The ABCs of veterinary dentistry:  “H” is for Hair Havoc

The ABCs of veterinary dentistry: “H” is for Hair Havoc

When hair becomes embedded in the oral cavities of your veterinary patients, it can cause inflammation and the destruction of periodontal  attachment.  Know where to look for it, how to treat it and how to keep it from recurring. Hair caught in oral cavity crevices in dogs and cats is not well-known and needs to… Continue Reading

Serum Protein  Electrophoresis

Serum Protein Electrophoresis

Dr Emma Hooijberg BVSc GPCert (SAP) DipECVCP Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies, University of Pretoria emma.hooijberg@up.ac.za How does this method work? Serum proteins come in different shapes and sizes, and also have different charges. Albumin, for example, is the most negatively charged protein, while immunoglobulins have a slight positive charge. Serum protein electrophoresis (SPE)… Continue Reading

A Guide to When Can (or Can’t ) The Eye be Saved?

A Guide to When Can (or Can’t ) The Eye be Saved?

Dr Ramona Allen BSc (Med) Hons BVSc (Ophthalmology Resident) Johannesburg Animal Eye Hospital To enucleate or not to enucleate? This might just be one of the most common questions we, as vets, are faced with on a daily basis. Questions that need to be addressed are “Can the eye be saved?” and if the answer… Continue Reading

Skin Diseases  Which Respond to  Nutritional Changes

Skin Diseases Which Respond to Nutritional Changes

The exact etiology in most clinical cases is not well understood. Food allergy is defined as an immunologically based reaction to food. Immunologic mechanisms of types I-IV have been hypothesised. By Stephen D. White, DVM, DACVD CVC IN SAN DIEGO PROCEEDINGS Food Allergy Aetiology The exact etiology in most clinical cases is not well understood.… Continue Reading

Should I Refer  For a CT Scan?

Should I Refer For a CT Scan?

A Discussion of Head, Thorax and Abdomen 3D Imaging Written by Kat Evans, BCF in-house Radiographer People often ask us what you can use Computerised Tomography (CT) for, so we at BCF Technology have put together a few of the most common applications for this powerful modality of diagnostic imaging. It is important to remember… Continue Reading

African Horse Sickness  in Dogs: A Clinical and Diagnostic Update

African Horse Sickness in Dogs: A Clinical and Diagnostic Update

Nicolize O’Dell, BVSc Section of Pathology, Department of Paraclinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria. Reviewed and edited by Johan Steyl, BVSc, MSc (Path) African horse sickness (AHS) is a non-contagious, arthropod borne viral disease affecting horses characterised by failure of the circulatory and respiratory systems. (2) Historically it was shown that AHS… Continue Reading

Finance Options for Veterinary Clients

Finance Options for Veterinary Clients

By Bruce McIntosh MediWallet | Tel: 041 507 0492 | Cell: 079 885 3147 | www.mediwallet.co.za Many pets struggle with medical problems, especially as they age. The cost of healthcare has been increasing well above inflation for a number of years. Pet owners who need to make a large payment have a few options to… Continue Reading

The Skeptic’s Guide  to Veterinary Wellness Plans

The Skeptic’s Guide to Veterinary Wellness Plans

Here are straight-up answers to six questions you may be asking yourself about bundled preventive-care-service plans. By Tom McFerson, CPA, ABV VETERINARY ECONOMICS Reviews from veterinarians are decidedly mixed about wellness plans—those preventive-care-service bundles for which clients pay a monthly set fee. In the right veterinary practice with the correct implementation, they can be a… Continue Reading

CPD: Are all Generics Created Equal?

CPD: 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

Medial Patella Luxation

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

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