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New Drug Treatment Now Available for Allergic Skin Disease In Dogs
 Atopic dermatitis (or atopy) is second only to flea allergy dermatitis as the most common cause of itching in dogs
 

Similar to allergic eczema in people, it is the skins response to allergens entering the body through the skin directly, or via the airways. Common allergens include house dust mite, fungal spores, plant pollens, grasses, and other usually invisible agents.

Until recently, treatment involved a combination of topical washes, control of infections, avoidance of suspect environments, essential fatty acids (fish oil) and suppression of the immune reaction with cortisone or the expensive cyclosporin.

Now, we have available a new non cortisone option called oclacitinib (brand name Apoquel) to consider in making our plethora of itchy dogs more comfortable.

Like all antiallergic drugs, side effects are possible, and clients will need to monitor for signs and stay with the prescribed dosage. We have seen several of our patients respond dramatically well to this drug.

CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR OUR VETS IN THE COMING MONTHS

  Jesse will be participating in an orthopaedic surgery workshop in July.

Melissa is continuing with her Masters in Veterinary Science through Massey University in NZ , and now over the halfway mark of the four year course.
Natalie is venturing to Adelaide in late May for a hands on ultrasonography workshop.

 

Michael will be attending the Australian Veterinary Association Conference also held in Adelaide in late May 2016, and then immediately  afterwards will participate in an advanced cruciate ligament repair  surgical workshop.

Dr Alice Dunn returns from maternity leave, and we know many clients are pleased to see her back on deck!

 LUMP REMOVAL

How to lose over 15kg bodyweight in 2 hours!

Is this a world record for the biggest mass removed from a dog successfully?

  "Rex", a 52kg Labrador presented with a large weighty fatty growth (lipoma) over the top of his chest.

He was finding it hard to move around and it appeared to pull him to one side such was the weight he had to endure.

 

At surgery we required three surgeons, a much used electro cautery unit to cope with the multitude of vessels encountered, a separate surgery trolley to support and to roll the mass away as we dissected it clear of the trunk, and close attention to IV fluid support and blood pressure.

                            

After more than two hours of surgery and placement of many suction drains and heavy chest bandaging, the mass weighed in at 15.3kg, which we suspect may be something of a record for a successfully excised tumour in the dog.

Post op challenges included removal of fluid and blood accumulation via the suction drains, providing good analgesia via narcotics and non-steroidal antiinflammatories.

               

At suture and bandage removal two weeks later Rex had a large suture line as testament to his surgery, but walked more freely after his massive weight reduction. Lipomas are very common in large breed dogs but generally don't reach anywhere near this size. Those located under the armpits, groin, neck or tail can interfere with body movement and are best excised.

 'PAW' Fish oil back in stock

This product compares favourably in value and concentration to human registered products of fish oil; and has the added benefit of being in a pump pack for easier "non-messy" dosing.

It is our view that EPA and DHA  as the actives in fish oil are very helpful with allergic skin disease and osteoarthritis in the majority of dogs. Dosage levels are important so please contact us for advice on what dose levels to use for different conditions.

 

Don’t forget.…..Our TRU BLU Self Serve Dog Wash & Dryer - FIVE washes and the SIXTH wash FREE!

                                                 

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