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A double‐blinded, randomized, methylprednisolone‐controlled study on the efficacy of oclacitinib in the management of pruritus in cats with nonflea nonfood‐induced hypersensitivity dermatitis

c. Noli, I. Matricoti and C. Schievano | Veterinary Dermatology | January 2019
The aim of this randomised, double blind methylprednisolone-controlled study was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of oclacitinib given at 1 mg/kg per os twice daily in cats with non-flea, non-food-induced hypersensitivity dermatitis (NFNFIHD)…

Early warning scores in the NHS: could they support early detection of deteriorating veterinary patients?

H. Ballantyne | Veterinary Nursing Journal | January 2019
This article gives an introduction to the National Early Warning System (NEWS) used in the NHS and considers its application in veterinary practice…

Home monitoring of heart rate and heart rhythm with a smartphone-based ECG in dogs

T. Vezzosi, R. Tognetti, C. Buralli, F. Marchesotti, V. Patata, E. Zini and O. Domenech | Veterinary Record | December 2018
The aims of this study were to evaluate the feasibility of owners recording ECG tracings of their dogs at home with a smartphone ECG device, to assess owner satisfaction with carrying out the task and to assess the quality of the ECG tracings for interpretation…

Prospective randomised blinded clinical trial assessing effectiveness of three dental plaque control methods in dogs

R.M. Allan, V.J. Adams and N.W. Johnston | Journal of Small Animal Practice | December 2018
The aim of this randomised, blinded clinical trial was to investigate the effectiveness of three commonly used stand-alone methods of controlling dental plaque accumulation using a ‘clean mouth’ model…

Introducing the Ward Phlebitis Scoring Chart 2018: A reflective and personal practical review and approach

A. Ward | Veterinary Nursing Journal | October 2018
The author of this article discusses the development of a care plan for IV catheters to ensure a holistic experience for the veterinary patient…

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Associations of body condition score with health conditions related to overweight and obesity in cats

K.T. Teng, P.D. McGreevy, J.A.M.L. Toribio, D. Raubenheimer, K. Kendall and N.K. Dhand | Journal of Small Animal Practice | October 2018
The aim of this retrospective case study was to investigate possible associations between body condition score (BCS) and health conditions that relate to overweight and obesity (O&O) in cats…

‘Care about my animal, know your stuff and take me seriously’: United Kingdom and Australian clients’ views on the capabilities most important in their veterinarians

K. Hughes, S.M. Rhind, L. Mossop, K. Cobb, E. Morley, M. Kerrin, C. Morton and M. Cake | Veterinary Record | September 2018
The aim of this study was to investigate client views on what they expect from veterinary surgeons, particularly what makes for a positive experience…

The clinical efficacy of EMLA cream for intravenous catheter placement in client-owned dogs

H. van oostrom and T.G. Knowles | Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia | September 2018
The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy of EMLA, a topical anaesthetic cream containing lidocaine and prilocaine, on dogs in a clinical setting prior to placement of intravenous (IV) catheter, and to compare efficacy after a 30 or 60-minute application time…

Using checklists in veterinary nursing: what can human healthcare teach us?

H. Ballantyne | Veterinary Nursing Journal | September 2018
This article discusses the benefits of using checklists in healthcare settings and asks whether they are transferable to veterinary nursing…

A practical approach to dealing with contagious ovine digital dermatitis (CODD) on farms

J. Angell, D. Grove-White and J. Duncan | Livestock | September 2018
Contagious ovine digital dermatitis (CODD), which causes severe lameness in sheep, is considered to affect approximately 50% of farms in the UK yet the evidence base is limited and treatment and control on affected farms can be problematic…