Monthly Archives: Apr 2016

Employee Relations within a vet practice Andrew Christie BComm (Industrial Psychology)

The first article dealt with the start of the employment relationship (recruitment, selection and appointment); the second explored the managing of the employment relationship (performance management, the grievance procedure and the creation of an HR policy) and this, the third one, will examine the end of the employment relationship (resignations and dismissals, as well as… Continue Reading

The top 5 liver diseases in dogs Craig B Webb PhD, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal) Colorado State University

TOP 5 Liver Conditions in Dogs 1. Hepatitis or hepatic insult 2. Hepatic fibrosis or cirrhosis 3. Copper-associated hepatitis 4. Congenital portosystemic vascular anomalies (PSVA) 5. “Nonhepatic” hepatic disease The liver serves as the control-and-command center for virtually all metabolic processes: production, packaging, and distribution of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates; hormonal and enzymatic control of… Continue Reading

Oral Cobalamin Supplementation in Dogs with Chronic Enteropathies and Hypocobalaminaemia Summarised by Dr Mirinda van Schoor BVSc MMedVet Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2016 vol 30: 101-107

Why they did it Cobalamin deficiency has been reported at a prevalence of 6-73% in dogs with chronic enteropathies (CE). Other documented causes of cobalamin deficiency in dogs include exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), familial cobalamin deficiency of Chinese Shar Peis, Giant Schnauzers, Border Collies and Beagles and short bowel syndrome. Hypocobalaminemia in humans results from… Continue Reading

Appropriate Restriction of Protein in Liver Disease Dr Liesel van der Merwe BVSc (Hons) MMedVet (Med) Small Animals.

Liver disease can manifest in many different forms: portosystemic vascular anomalies (PSVA/“shunts”), chronic or acute hepatitis, suppurative or non-suppurative cholangiohepatitis, toxic hepatitis, hepatic lipidosis, fibrosis and neoplasia. It is likely that protein deficiency occurs in veterinary patients with active necroinflammatory disorders, and possibly those treated with glucocorticoids. In many of these conditions the patient is… Continue Reading

Managing Chronic Otitis Externa Dr Martin Briggs B.Sc, B.V.Sc, M.Sc(Med), FRCVS, Registered Specialist In Veterinary Dermatology 028 316 2297 Reviewed by Dr Heidi Schroeder

Dr Martin Briggs B.Sc, B.V.Sc, M.Sc(Med), FRCVS, Registered Specialist In Veterinary Dermatology 028 316 2297 Reviewed by Dr Heidi Schroeder Otitis externa (Fig 1), inflammation of the external ear canal, is one of the most commonly diagnosed skin conditions in dogs. There are a number of predisposing factors which render individual pets susceptible to chronic and recurrent otitis. Otitis media… Continue Reading

Total Ear Canal Ablation and Lateral Bulla Osteotomy Dr Ross Elliot BVSC MMedVet (Surg) Bryanston Veterinary Hospital, 011 706 6023

The surgical procedure for a TECA-BO entails removal of both the vertical and horizontal ear canal with all the secretory epithelial lining of the middle ear. This surgery has the potential for serious complications and should not be performed unless the surgeon is familiar with the anatomy of the ear and associated structures. A total ear… Continue Reading

Nerves Which are Affected by Otitis Media Dr Liesel van der Merwe BVSc (Hons) MMedVet (Med) Small Animals.

There are several important nerves which run through and immediately adjacent to the middle and inner ears. These structures are affected with progressive otitis and can also be damaged during surgery. The middle ear lies beyond the tympanic membrane and consists of the mucosa lined bulla which contains the three auditory ossicles which transmit sound… Continue Reading

The Clinical Utility of Specific Canine Pancreatic Lipase (Spec cPL™) Dr Remo Lobetti BVSc MMedVet(Med), ECVIM(CA) Bryanston Veterinary Hospital, 011 706 6023 AND Dr Liesel van der Merwe BVSc (Hons) MMedVet (Med) Small Animals.)

Pancreatitis is a relatively common disease with very non-specific clinical signs such as abdominal pain, anorexia, vomiting and diarrhoea. Currently there is no very specific and sensitive test available to use as a gold standard for diagnosis. Pancreatitis may present as acute and fulminant or be more low grade and chronic in nature. These forms… Continue Reading

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