Dogs with sore feet may at first sight be mundane and easy to treat, but pitfalls await the unwary; Rosanna Marsella takes a personal look at what can be a remarkably complex clinical disorder and gives some useful tips for diagnosis and treatment
The cat with miliary dermatitis is often frustrating for both owner and clinician, in that failure to identify the underlying cause and implement appropriate treatment can lead to frequent recurrence. Here Catherine Milley takes us through the logical process of working-up these cases.
Proteinuria is a common and clinically relevant finding when performing a urinalysis, but is not always followed up in a consistent manner by the clinician; Stacie Summers explains the significance of proteinuria in cats and how best to approach the problem.
Renal and ureteral surgery in small animals can be challenging, even for the most experienced surgeon; Lilly Aronson gives an overview of the best options currently available for treating upper urinary tract obstructions.
Most practices nowadays will have access to an ultrasound machine, using it for selected imaging of clinical cases; in this paper Greg Lisciandro discusses how a structured approach to abdominal scanning can be part of the clinician’s first-line physical exam, and demonstrates how this can help rapid identification of renal abnormalities and related problems.
Feeding protein-restricted diets to cats with kidney disease has been a mainstay of the therapeutic approach to such cases for many decades, but controversies still remain; Meredith Wall and Nick Cave review the current state of knowledge and offer some advice for the clinician.