Clinical News: Diagnostic Imaging

Case report: Disseminated Discospondylitis in a two-year-old Crossbred Dog

History A two-year-old, female, neutered crossbred (body weight 14kg) was referred for assessment of diffuse spinal pain. The patient had been rescued six weeks previously from Romania. On arrival into the U.K., she was presented to the referring veterinarian with neck pain. There had been an initial response to NSAIDs and diazepam, but four days […]

Review Article: Immune Mediated Polyarthritis

Pathophysiology and presentation Immune mediated polyarthritis may be more common than recognised, as clinical signs can sometimes be subtle. Generally, it is defined as neutrophilic inflammation affecting two or more joints and is an example of a type-III hypersensitivity reaction. Immune system stimulation leads to formation of immune complexes, which circulate and deposit in the […]

Review Paper: Long Term Outcome of Cervical Dorsal Laminectomy to treat Wobbler Syndrome: 47 cases (2003-2017)

Introduction                                             Wobbler syndrome is a progressive, heterogenous, neurological disease characterised by a variety of signs including paraparesis, tetra-paresis, ataxia, thoracic limb lameness and neck pain.

Case Report: Hip Septic Arthritis in a German Shepherd Dog

History A nine–year-old, female, neutered German Shepherd Dog presented for assessment of right pelvic limb lameness. The owner reported progressive lameness since the patient had fallen 10 days previously.  The referring veterinarian’s radiographs revealed marked degenerative changes to the right hip

Review Article: Management of the Spinal Patient

Introduction Following on from the last article in our Winter 2012 edition of Downs Diary – Assessment of the Spinal Patient – we thought it might be useful to outline the various treatment options for some of the more commonly encountered causes of spinal disease as even though you may not perform spinal surgery yourself, clients will […]

Case Report: Metatarsal Pad Necrosis secondary to Postoperative Dressing Complications in a Bassett Hound

    History A 12-month-old, entire, female Bassett Hound, body weight 23kg, presented for stabilisation of closed, left tibia and fibula fractures, sustained after jumping from the owner’s car. 

Review Article: Assessment of the Spinal Patient

Goals of Assessment What questions should your assessment be able to answer? An owner might be expected to inquire: what is wrong with their pet? what are the various treatment options? what do these options entail, in terms of morbidity, risks, length and extent of rehabilitation, costs and (in the case of referral) travel involved? is […]

Case Report: Cervical Fracture in an eight-week-old Cocker Spaniel.

An eight-week-old, female Cocker Spaniel was referred with tetraparesis.  The owner reported that the dog had collided with a stair-gate three days prior.  She had initially appeared unaffected, although veterinary assessment at the time had revealed cervical spinal pain.  48 hours later she developed generalised ataxia with increased guarding of the neck.  Progressive tetraparesis became […]

Review Article: The Use of Advanced Imaging in Veterinary Medicine.

In recent years, there have been significant strides in the development of and access to advanced imaging in veterinary medicine.  Techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and fluoroscopy were once the preserve of human medical establishments or research facilities.  However, several factors, namely: – a rising awareness amongst veterinarians and clients […]

Case Report: n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate Pleurodesis to manage Intractable, Spontaneous Pneumothorax in a Labrador Retriever

History fig.1 – DV radiograph of chest showing bilateral pneumothorax A three-year-old, entire, female Labrador Retriever presented to the referring veterinarian for assessment of progressive orthopnoea with associated vomiting over several months. 

Case Report: Nasal Foreign Body in a Domestic Shorthaired Cat

History   A 15-year-old male, neutered DSH cat presented with a two-week history of right, unilateral epistaxis with concurrent swelling of the nasal planum (see fig. 1).

Case Report: Surgical Management of Sub-Arachnoid Cyst in a Yorkshire Terrier

A 2.2kg, twelve-month-old, male, entire Yorkshire Terrier was presented for assessment of generalised ataxia.

Case Report: Un-united Caudal Glenoid in a Labrador Retriever

A four-year-old female, neutered Labrador Retriever was presented with left thoracic limb lameness of several months duration.

Case Report: Infiltrative Lipoma in a Crossbred Dog

A two-year-old male, neutered crossbred (Labrador/ Greyhound) presented for assessment of a large mass situated over the right hemi pelvis.

Case Report: Digital Cutaneous Viral Papilloma in a Scottish Terrier

A six-year-old, male, neutered Scottish terrier  presented with a two week history of acute onset, progressive, left thoracic limb lameness.