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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…

The influence of hay steaming on clinical signs and airway immune response in severe asthmatic horses

M. Orard, E. Hue, A. Couroucé, C. Bizon-Mercier, M.P. Toquet, M. Moore-Colyer, L. Couëtil, S. Pronost, R. Paillot, M. Demoor and E.A. Richard | BMC Veterinary Research | November 2018
This study aimed to determine the clinical, cytological and cytokine respiratory responses of horses affected with severe equine asthma (sEA) (previously known as recurrent airway obstruction) to steamed or dry hay…

Influence of dietary restriction and low‐intensity exercise on weight loss and insulin sensitivity in obese equids

N.J. Bamford, S.J. Potter Courtnay, L. Baskerville, P.A. Harris and S.R. Bailey | Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine | December 2018
This study aimed to evaluate the effect adding a low-intensity exercise programme to dietary restriction has on insulin sensitivity and plasma adipokine concentrations in obese horses and ponies…

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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…

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Conservative versus surgical treatment of 21 sports horses with osseous trauma in the proximal phalangeal sagittal groove diagnosed by low-field MRI

G. Lipreri, B.M. Bladon, M.E. Giorio and E.R. Singer | Veterinary Surgery | September 2018
This retrospective case series study aimed to determine whether conservative or surgical treatment was the best treatment option for sports horses diagnosed with lameness caused by osseous trauma within the subchondral bone of the sagittal groove of the proximal phalanx diagnosed by low-field MRI…

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…