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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE More Info

Northside Veterinary Specialists are here for you and your pets during this crazy COVID time, and business is (almost) as usual. In accordance with best practices to keep our employees safe and our hospital operational, we have moved to a contactless consultation and admission process.

Please rest assured, even though we aren't seeing you face to face, your pet is still getting the best of care. Visit the COVID section of our website for more information.

Call on 9452 2933 with any questions.

We thank you all for your support and patience!

COVID-19 CONSULTING HOURS 6am - 6pm, Monday - Friday
24 HOURS PER DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK in case of emergency

Nasopharyngeal Stents

March 31st, 2020

When placing a stent for nasopharyngeal stenosis, the following potential complications need to be considered:

  • Formation of excessive granulation tissue
  • Hairball entrapment
  • Tissue ingrowth
  • Stent compression
  • Oronasal fistula development
  • Chronic infections
  • Dysphagia

If you have a case of nasopharyngeal stenosis, please contact the NVS internal medicine service to see if your patient is a candidate for stent placement

Tracheal Collapse

March 26th, 2020

Up to 71% of dogs with tracheobronchial collapse can be successfully managed with medications for more than 12 months* . Where medical management is no longer sufficient, tracheal stenting should be considered and is a viable option for relieving life threatening airway obstruction and can significantly improve quality of life. Tracheal stenting offers a high survival rate, even in those patients with severe clinical signs. The internal medicine service offers assessment of cases for tracheal stenting and this procedure can be performed on-site.

* White R, Williams JM. Tracheal collapse in the dog-is there really a role for surgery? A survey of 100 cases. J Small Anim Pract 1994;35(4):191–6.

Diabetic Cats

March 24th, 2020

The factors which increase the chances of achieving diabetic remission in cats include:

  • Low carbohydrate diet
  • Long acting insulin eg glargine
  • Older age
  • Early institution of tight glycemic control
  • Recent steroid administration
  • Absence of diabetic neuropathy
  • Lower serum cholesterol concentration

The protocol for achieving diabetic remission needs to be matched with the right owner. If you have a newly diagnosed diabetic cat case, consider referral to the internal medicine service of NVS for discussion as to whether the cat and owners are good candidates for a diabetic remission protocol.

Hypothyrodism – When Will Clinical Signs Likely Resolve?

March 17th, 2020

When treating hypothyroidism in dogs, it is important to set realistic time frames for resolution of clinical signs. As a rough guide, clinical signs should respond within the following timelines with appropriate treatment:

  • Mentation and activity = 2-7 days
  • Lipaemia and other clinical pathologic changes = 2-4 days
  • Dermatologic abnormalities = 2-4 months
  • Neurological abnormalities = 1-3 months
  • Cardiac abnormalities = 1-2 months
  • Reproductive abnormalities  = 3-10 months

Masticatory Myositis

March 12th, 2020

When presented with a possible case of masticatory myositis, it is important to remember there are two potential presentation types: acute and chronic forms.

Clinical signs associated with the acute form include:

  • Fever
  • Regional lymphadenopathy
  • Muscles of mastication swelling which are painful on palpation
  • Exophthalmos
  • Resists or unable to open the mouth

Clinical signs associated with the chronic form include:

  • Atrophy of the masticatory muscles
  • Muscle swelling/atrophy can be asymmetric
  • Enophthalmos
  • Inability to open mouth fully

Steroid Responsive Meningitis Arteritis

March 10th, 2020

We are learning more and more about steroid responsive meningitis arteritis (SRMA). This article published in JSAP (2019) by Spence et al. highlights that a significant number of dogs with SRMA also had cardiac abnormalities, including decreased fractional shortening, increased left ventricular dimensions, spontaneous echocontrast, pericardial effusions and increased cardiac troponins. Most of these abnormalities resolved with appropriate treatment for SRMA. However, in some cases where there was a clinical response noted for neck pain etc, the change in fractional shortening and left ventricular dimensions did not always resolve.

Last Chance to RSVP!

March 6th, 2020

The annual NEVS / NVS Trivia Night is coming up next Thursday, March 12th. If you haven’t already booked your table call us on 9452 2933 or email admin@northsidevetspecialists.com.au asap!