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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE More Info

Northside Veterinary Specialists are here for you and your pets during COVID. As of Monday 28th February we will return to socially distanced consultations, in line with NSW Health Guidelines. We welcome a maximum of two adults, and we request for masks to be worn at all times when in the building. Please 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

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