Pet owners may not know what to expect on their first visit to a specialty referral hospital. We’ve outlined some important points here.
Malignant melanoma is a type of cancer we commonly see in dogs. The tumours often grow in the mouth, causing bad breath, increased salivation, bleeding, poor appetite, or affecting passage of food or air.
Lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, is the most common cancer of dogs and cats. It usually is diagnosed as solid masses either in peripheral lymph nodes (dogs) or gastrointestinal tract (cats). The treatment of choice for this disease is chemotherapy, usually a multiple-drug regimen, and although we cannot cure this disease, up to 90% of dogs and 65% of cats go into remission.
At VSH, we incorporate the latest advances in medical technology to continually improve patient outcome. Fluoroscopy is a way to allow us to visualize areas within a patient’s body by using low doses of X-rays continuously to produce a real-time picture.
Momoko is a 15 year old cat who was being treated for a thyroid cyst for one year, requiring regular drainage. When drainage became difficult, her family veterinarian referred her to Dr Alane to see if the mass could be removed.
Nana belongs to one of our fantastic rotating Interns. When she was found to be lethargic with shortness of breath, she was evaluated by the Cardiology team at VSH.
Look what came through the door of VSH last week! A Leopard Cat from Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Garden.
A VSH FAQ: Why does my pet need to be sedated for x-rays?
There are a few reasons why many x-rays, especially diagnostic orthopaedic radiographs, require sedation in veterinary patients.
Chow Chow is a 7 year old Miniature Schnauzer who came to VSH for treatment of a recurrent ureteral obstruction, or blockage between the kidney and the bladder.
When the VSH Internal Medicine team met Chow Chow, her ureter was blocked by urinary stones as well as a migrated stent. The stent had previously been placed to help urine pass from the kidney to bladder. Unfortunately, one of the complications of ureteral stents is migration (the stent becoming dislodged and moving within the urinary tract). After stents migrate they are no longer functional and must be removed or replaced.
Retrobulbar disease is frequently observed in veterinary medicine. The orbit is in close vicinity to the oral and nasal cavities, teeth, paranasal sinuses and salivary glands. Therefore, any diseases from these nearby structures can affect the orbit and globe.
Ureteral obstructions can be benign or malignant, with the majority that occur in dogs and cats being secondary to ureterolithiasis. There are other documented causes, including ureteral strictures/fibrosis, neoplasia (transitional cell carcinoma), and dried/solidified blood clots. In cats, 98% and in dogs, 50% of the stones in the ureters and kidneys are calcium oxalate, making them resistant to medical dissolution. Once an obstruction occurs, there is a decrease in renal function. The longer the obstruction is present, the greater the loss of renal function and less chance to reverse the damage. A previous study showed a 54% decrease of GFR after 14 days of a ureteral obstruction.
Hypothermia associated with anaesthesia is a common occurrence for our small animal patients and is one of the most common anaesthetic complications seen. Though a drop in body temperature may not seem like a big deal it is actually associated with a number of derangements of homeostasis that have been shown to result in poor patient outcomes such as increased morbidity and mortality. So what specifically are these derangements and why do they matter? How & why are our patients so predisposed to developing hypothermia and what can we do as veterinarians and nurses to prevent or correct perioperative hypothermia?
Are you in love with this guy? We are. This is Brisket, a young Labrador retriever, who recently underwent TPLO surgery for his ruptured cranial cruciate ligament ("ACL").
Most people think of large breed dogs having hip problems. Did you know that small dogs and cats can also suffer from hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, luxation and fracture? Even these small patients can undergo total hip replacement, which, when performed by an experienced specialist, results in better overall comfort and function than traditional "salvage" procedures.
Veterinary Specialist Hospital of Hong Kong (VSH Hong Kong) officially opened its doors in early 2015, marking a first for Hong Kong’s veterinary community. Located in bustling Wanchai and spanning two floors, this 14,000sq ft state-of- the - art veterinary facility is a dedicated specialty referral and 24hour Emergency hospital.