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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

“Shock”-ing discussion

July 5th, 2020

Dr Lucy Kirton, emergency clinician and Dr Anna Dengate, medicine specialist with Northside discuss shock – looking at classification and newer theories on fluid shifts within the interstitial and intravascular compartments in different shock states.

Internal Medicine tips from Dr. Elizabeth Thrift:

June 7th, 2020

Are you monitoring you Congestive Heart Failure patients for Cardiac Cachexia? A recent study found that 41.6% of cats with CHF met the definition for cardiac cachexia and the cats with cardiac cachexia had a shorter survival time.  Dogs and cats should be frequently reviewed in your clinic and address contributing factors to cardiac cachexia such as poor nutrition and change in appetite.

Reference – Santiago, S. L., Freeman, L. M., & Rush, J. E. (2020). Cardiac cachexia in cats with congestive heart failure: Prevalence and clinical, laboratory, and survival findings. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 34(1), 35–44. 

Internal Medicine tips from Dr. Elizabeth Thrift:

June 2nd, 2020

Given cleaning is on everyone’s mind in this new COVID-19 era, here are the results of a recent study which assessed cleaning habits and effectiveness in veterinary hospitals. 

  1. Regularly cleaning was reported to occur in radiology, bathrooms, and patient wards. However, small animal treatment areas appeared to receive minimal cleaning.
  • When cage cleaning was assessed, cages in wards were most frequently cleaned, whilst cages in ICU and pre-operative surgery cases are less frequently cleaned. This is concerning as these patients are the ones most likely at risk of hospital acquired infections.
  • Human touch surfaces (eg otoscopes, ophthalmoscopes, dog run handles, computers and their accessories) are less likely to be cleaned compared to animal-touch surfaces.

Reference – Langdon, G., Hoet, A. E., & Stull, J. W. (2020). Fluorescent tagging for environmental surface cleaning surveillance in a veterinary hospital. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 61(2), 121–126. 

Internal Medicine tips from Dr. Elizabeth Thrift:

May 31st, 2020

In a recent study of acute onset clinical signs suggestive of brain disease in dogs, the outcome is favourable in the majority of dogs, as 75% were successfully discharged from the hospital. Whilst euthanasia is always available as an option, this study indicates that many dogs do well and further investigation and/or supportive care should be strongly considered before jumping to conclusions about a poor prognosis, even when clinical signs on presentation are severe.

Reference – Gredal et al. (202) Diagnosis and long-term outcome in dogs with acute onset intracranial signs, JSAP 61, 101–109