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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

Pleural Lavage for Pyothorax

April 23rd, 2020

When treating dogs and cats with pyothorax, there are many benefits of performing pleural lavage via thoracostomy tubes. These include:

  • Decreases pleural fluid viscosity
  • Facilitates fluid drainage
  • Decreases tube obstruction
  • Dilution and reduction of bacteria and inflammatory mediators
  • Breakdown of adhesions

If you have a case of canine or feline pyothorax, consider placing thoracostomy tubes or referral to NVS for this procedure to be performed.

Feline Gastrointestinal Eosinophilic Sclerosing Fibroplasia

April 21st, 2020

Feline Gastrointestinal Eosinophilic Sclerosing Fibroplasia is a great example of when things look like cancer but they aren’t! Cats are often euthanized due to the presence of a palpable mass on physical examination or with a presumptive diagnosis of lymphoma, carcinoma or other malignant neoplasia at surgery. The median age of presentation is 7 years and Ragdolls are overrepresented. These cats have mural thickening and loss of layering in sections of their gastrointestinal tract. When managed appropriately, the survival rate can be good for some patients with this disease when the correct histopathological diagnosis is achieved.