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Doing our part to keep pets, clients and our staff healthy during COVID-19 (coronavirus)

4 June 2020

Reducing the threat of COVID-19 whilst still maintaining animal welfare...

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VN Awareness Month - Selina Malthouse DipAVN RVN

18 May 2020

May is Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, a whole month dedicated to raising awareness of the veterinary nursing profession and the vital role they play in animal care and treatment.

Selina Malthouse is Theatre Supervisor at NDSR and she kindly took time out to tell us about life as a vet nurse...

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New Video Consultation Service

28 April 2020

Our Video Consultation Service allows our Specialist team to assist clients while promoting social distancing and reducing unnecessary travel during the current COVID-19 situation...

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Feline Blood Transfusions

3 February 2020

Feline anaemia is a common reason for referral to our internal medicine service. Due to the lack of easily accessible blood banking for cats in the UK, providing transfusions in an emergency situation can be problematic...

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New options for analgesia... Epidural catheters

17 January 2020

Epidural analgesia injections can provide excellent analgesia often with complete blockade of the pain pathways...

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A clear vision for 2020

10 January 2020

Our vision has always been clear - a commitment to excellence. So we’re pleased to welcome five additional clinicians to NDSR expanding our surgery, medicine, oncology and anaesthesia teams...

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Tip of the Month - June

7 June 2019


Vestibular disease

Clinical signs for Vestibular Syndrome can include a head tilt, wide base stance, vestibular ataxia, rolling or leaning to one side, pathological nystagmus (either spontaneous or positional), reduced oculocephalic reflex and strabismus...

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Tip of the Month - May

3 May 2019


Idiopathic chronic rhinitis in cats

Idiopathic chronic rhinitis can be frustrating to manage, due to its largely unknown aetiology and frequent recurrence of clinical signs. Here are some top tips and thoughts on how to approach these cases...

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Tip of the Month - April

5 April 2019


The Coughing Dog

How often do you see an old dog with a cough which just doesn’t seem to respond to antibiotics? It’s not that often, but when you do, there’s a certain sinking feeling when you realise you finally have to take thoracic radiographs and there is a very real chance that a lung mass will be present...

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Tip of the Month - March

1 March 2019


Minimising Risk of Anaesthesia in Brachycepalic Dogs

Anaesthesia and airway management in brachycepalic patients can be very challenging and a source of concern to vets and owners...

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Tip of the Month - February

1 February 2019


When to refer a dachshund with a suspected thoracolumbar slipped disc?

For dachshunds with sudden onset spinal pain or neurological deficits in the pelvic limbs, the most likely differential is a thoracolumbar intervertebral disc extrusion (slipped disc)...

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Tip of the Month - December

7 December 2018

Internal Medicine

The thyroid and the kidneys: a love-hate relationship!

Hyperthyroidism and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are common conditions in older cats, so it is not terribly surprising that they can occur in the same patient. Hyperthyroidism “artificially” increases renal blood flow and glomerular filtration rate, potentially therefore masking renal insufficiency. Following therapy, when euthyroidism is restored, the true state of the cat’s renal function will be appreciated. Unfortunately predicting the development of azotaemia in this situation is difficult.

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Tip of the Month - November

2 November 2018

Internal Medicine

Interpreting Pancreatic Lipase (PL) Results in Dogs with a Balanced Overview

Acute pancreatitis is a common cause of vomiting, inappetence, lethargy and abdominal pain in dogs, but confidently diagnosing pancreatitis can be a challenge.

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Tip of the Month - October

5 October 2018

Soft Tissue Surgery

Haemoabdomen in Dogs

The most common cause in dogs is acute nontraumatichaemoabdomen secondary to malignantneoplasia causing splenic rupture. Other causesinclude trauma, iatrogenic following surgery(e.g. ovariectomy) or diagnostics (e.g. FNA),coagulopathies or torsion of the liver or spleen.

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Tip of the Month - August

17 August 2018

Internal Medicine

Vaccination on patients on immunosuppressive medications and chemotherapy

Deciding whether to vaccinate an animal on immunosuppressive medication or chemotherapy is challenging. Vaccination in such patients is not sanctioned by vaccine companies, as they have not thoroughly investigated their products in this setting. There is some experimental data to offer guidance in these situations, but this is limited. As both pet owners and vets, we are keen to avoid preventable diseases, but do not want to cause harm by vaccinating animals if it is unsafe to do so. Ultimately the decision to vaccinate any animal on immunsuppressive medication or chemotherapy must be made on an individual basis, by considering their vaccinal history, their current health status and medications, and their current risk factors for exposure to these infectious diseases.

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