Clinical

Veterinary management of feline osteoarthritis

The aetiology of feline OA is different to that of canine OA. There is much less evidence to support OA secondary to developmental disease processes such as dysplasia, with one particular study citing...

Use of broad-spectrum parasiticides in canine and feline parasitology

Intestinal helminthes of companion animals are of primary importance in daily clinical practice (Figure 1). The roundworms (ascarids), Toxocara canis and Toxocara cati (Figure 2), infecting dogs and...

Clinical presentation and management of liver lobe torsions in domestic rabbits

Rupert was a 6-year-old, male neutered, crossbreed rabbit belonging to one of the clinic's veterinary surgeons. He was fully up to date with vaccinations against myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic...

Cutaneous adverse food reactions

The role of food allergies in canine and feline IBD is unknown. In IBD, the immune system responds incorrectly to environmental triggers, which can include food, that causes inflammation of the...

Fungal infections in cats and dogs

Other, more uncommon, fungal infections include candidiasis (Figure 12), cryptococcosis, sporotrichosis and alternariosis. Clinically, these mycoses can cause dermatitis similar to that of Malassezia...

The potential benefit of local anaesthetics during routine ovariohysterectomy

Woolf (2011) defined the three types of pain as: neurological, this stems from the nervous system because of abnormal function; nociceptive, this is a result of a noxious stimulus damaging the...

Nursing the canine immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia patient part 2: supportive care and nursing

Patient monitoring in critically ill patients is essential, and RVNs are extensively involved in this aspect of patient care (Figure 1). Monitoring should be uniquely tailored to the patient, with...

Use of therapeutic laser in the veterinary field

Laser therapy or photobiomodulation is a photochemical process in which light from a laser interacts with cells and causes stimulation or other biochemical changes (Pryor and Millis, 2015). Depending...

Otitis externa: the role of the veterinary nurse

As in any dermatological disease the investigation of otitis should involve a general, dermatological and otic history. Experienced nurses are capable of taking a history from clients. This can be...