Author Archives: Damien

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 […]

Update on Small Breed Cranial Cruciate Surgery

Small Breed Modified Maquet Procedure now available at Downs Veterinary Referrals Given the success of the Modified Maquet Procedure (MMP – tibial tuberosity advancement) in larger breeds (see Review Article: The Modified Maquet Procedure ), we have recently invested in the necessary instrumentation and range of implants specifically designed for smaller patients (<12kg). This investment enables […]

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 […]

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: 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. 

Review Article: The Modified Maquet Procedure.

  Background Tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) is a well-established alternative to tibial plateau levelling osteotomy (TPLO) for neutralising cranial thrust in cruciate deficient canine stifles. 

Review Article: Update on Mast Cell Tumours

Mast cell tumours (MCT) are among the most common canine cutaneous neoplasms seen in practice.

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.