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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

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. 

In The News

January 3rd, 2019

Grain Free Diets

Recent research has made the association between dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), and grain free diets, but what exactly in the diet is causing this? This was originally assumed to be associated with Taurine deficiency, but a recent study shows that 90% of dogs with DCM have NORMAL taurine levels! (link to a great article about this here http://vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2018/11/dcm-update/).

So what should we be recommending for our patients? The reality is that nothing is right for all patients. The boutique brands are poorly quality controlled, home cooked diets rarely meet nutritional requirements, and raw food diets carry infectious and zoonotic risks. Luckily, veterinary nutritionists can provide online consultations and unbiased commercial recommendations for the patients with special needs (eg that cat with diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and chronic kidney disease). Contact us on 9452 2933 for more information or to submit a request.