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...» Read more
1 April 2020
Reducing the threat of COVID-19 whilst still maintaining animal welfare...» Read more
7 June 2019
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...» Read more
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...» Read more
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)...» Read more
7 December 2018
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.» Read more
2 November 2018
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.» Read more
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.» Read more
17 August 2018
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.