2 March 2018
Diagnosing hyperadrenocorticism with confidence
How to not stress about the diagnosis
- Identify other diseases before endocrine testing
- ACTH (Synacthen®) is not necessary to diagnose the condition in many dogs
- UCCR is rarely used to confirm the disease
- Beware the 'unwell' dogs with hyperadrenocorticism
2 February 2018
'Local anaesthesia techniques for ovariohysterectomy'
Female ovariohysterectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures in veterinary practice. It can be extremely painful and although systemic pain medication is routinely included as part of the peri-anaesthetic protocol, some cases still respond to surgical stimulation and may display signs of pain during recovery period...» Read more
9 November 2017
In order to stay committed to excellence and fully support our clients, North Downs Specialist Referrals will now be subsidising the £200 fee that may be charged to our clients by the Royal Sun Alliance (RSA) as part of their preferred provider’s scheme.» Read more
3 November 2017
Treatment of ionised hypercalcaemia in cats
When to measure blood calcium in cats and why do we worry?
Clinical signs of hypercalcaemia include PUPD, weakness, depression, anorexia, vomiting, constipation, muscle twitching and cardiac arrhythmias. Often hypercalcaemia is detected on routine bloods as an incidental finding. The detection of ionised hypercalcaemia should always be investigated further and appropriate management instigated...» Read more
6 October 2017
'Local anaesthesia for general practice: Castration'
Male Orchiectomy is a very common surgical procedure in veterinary practice. The procedure can be extremely painful and although systemic pain medication is routinely included as part of the peri-anaesthetic protocol, some cases still respond to surgical stimulation and may display signs of pain during recovery period.» Read more
1 September 2017
'The re-birth of the relevance of murmur intensity'
A heart murmur is an abnormal heart sound that indicates a degree of turbulence to the usually laminar blood flow in the heart. It can be physiological in athletic animals, due to congenital cardiac conditions in young patients or caused by non-cardiac condition affecting the way blood flows (anaemia, fever, high cardiac output states, etc) but in an adult dog it is often an indication of heart disease.» Read more
7 July 2017
When is a Lipoma not a Lipoma?
Have you ever been mortified to find that the simple lumpectomy you promised has turned into something more? And, as a rule, the greater your pre-operative confidence, the greater the mortification when it becomes apparent that your confidence may have been misplaced...» Read more
2 June 2017
‘an up-and-coming treatment
Metronomic chemotherapy has been used more and more in veterinary oncology in recent years. It is something which we often prescribe at NDSR, with patients coming back to your practice for monitoring tests.» Read more