Clinical News: Neurosurgery

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 […]

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 […]

Product Update: New form of Tissue Adhesive for Wound Closure in use at Downs Veterinary Referrals.

After extensive trials in both the human and veterinary referral fields a new method of wound closure is now available and in use here at Downs Veterinary Referrals.  

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.

Review Article: Lumbosacral Disease – Diagnosis and Treatment

Lumbosacral disease (a.k.a. lumbosacral syndrome; degenerative lumbosacral stenosis) is a relatively common condition, usually seen in active medium to large breed dogs

Case Report: Septic Spondylitis in a Bassett Hound

History A three-year-old male, neutered, Basset Hound presented to the referring veterinary surgeon with a history of spinal pain and pelvic limb weakness. 

Case Report: Traumatic Fracture of the Axis with concurrent Atlantoaxial Subluxation in a Labrador Retriever

A six-month-old, male, entire, Labrador Retriever presented with peracute onset tetraplegia following a collision with another dog five hours previously. 

Case Report: Caudal Fossa Meningeal Cyst Formation in a five-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

A 10.2kg, male, entire Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was referred for investigation of a right-sided head tilt. 

Case Report: Atlantoaxial subluxation with concurrent quadrigeminal cyst in a five-year-old Yorkshire Terrier.

A 2.5kg, male, entire Yorkshire Terrier was referred for investigation of a month-long history of cervical pain preceding peracute-onset tetraparesis.

Review Article: Magnetic Resonance Imaging – An Overview of the Theory and Applications in Small Animal Practice.

The concept of the Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) is a chemical analysis of constituent body tissues, displayed as a grey-scale in an anatomical context.

CASE REPORT: Primary Sectetory Otitis Media in a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

History A three-year-old, female (n) Cavalier King Charles Spaniel presented for investigation of sudden onset hearing loss of five months duration. 

Case Report: Elective, multiple deep digital flexor tenotomy in a Labrador Retriever to treat Contracture secondary to Ischaemic Myelopathy.

History A six-year-old, female, entire Labrador Retriever presented with collapse and right-sided Horner’s syndrome. 

Case Report: Cervical Syringomyelia Secondary to Suspected Glioma in a Yorkshire Terrier.

A six-year-old Fn Yorkshire Terrier presented with a four week history of cervical spinal pain/ left thoracic limb lameness and lethargy.