The Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP)

The Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP) is the BSAVA's monthly scientific journal, featuring original, peer-reviewed articles, case reports and other scientific and educational information from around the world.  The aim of JSAP is to facilitate the dissemination and implementation of new ideas and techniques relating to clinical veterinary practice, and ultimately to promote best practice.

JSAP is provided to BSAVA members as part of their membership benefits. Members - to access JSAP, log in then click on the 'read latest issues' button that appears below. 

You can search for JSAP articles from within the BSAVA Library by clicking on the JSAP tab from the search results page. If you are a BSAVA member and already logged in, you can click through from the search results to access the full article.

March issue - in JSAP this month

There is no difference in infection and complication rates between dogs that were hospitalised for Penrose drain care and those that recovered at home with drains in situ within 24 hours of surgery, a study published in the March issue of JSAP has found. Outcomes were compared between dogs that were discharged home with the drain in place, dogs discharged only after drain removal, and dogs that recovered part of the time in hospital and part at home with the drain in place. Complication rates were relatively high (40.9%, with most complications considered minor) and overall wound infection rate was 16.9%. These rates were similar between dogs that were discharged home within 24 hours with their drain in situ and those kept hospitalised for longer periods. Therefore, this suggests that dogs can be discharged home when deemed appropriate, based on factors other than drain-associated complications.

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February issue - in JSAP this month

A study published in this month’s JSAP has identified potential biomarkers of canine meniscal injury, which could pave the way for the development of a more accessible diagnostic test. The study, funded by BSAVA PetSavers, is the first of its kind to use nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) metabolomics to investigate biomarkers of meniscal injury within the stifle joint synovial fluid of dogs. Synovial fluids were collected from 154 dogs undergoing surgery for either cranial cruciate ligament rupture (CCLR) or medial patella luxation, to determine whether any small molecule metabolites significantly changed depending on the meniscal injury status of the dog. An increase in NMR mobile lipids was identified in the synovial fluid of dogs with meniscal injury. The identification of potential biomarkers could allow for the development of a simple, inexpensive, minimally invasive test, to increase reliability at detecting meniscal injuries and reduce the use of surgical diagnosis.

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January issue - in JSAP this month

The sit to stand test has a limited clinical utility for the identification of lameness associated with cranial cruciate ligament rupture (CCLR) in dogs, compared with the conventional walk test, according to a study published in JSAP’s January issue. The study compared the clinical utility of different analysis techniques - a simple sit to stand test with the conventional walk test - and recorded objective measures of lameness. Whilst the sit to stand test was achievable in all patients and required a shorter time for collecting data than the walk test, it didn’t effectively discriminate between dogs with lameness associated with CCLR and non-lame dogs. Therefore, the symmetry indices of kinetic data of the hindlimbs alone using the walk test remains the most sensitive tool for identification.

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A collection of JSAP reviews for primary care practice   is freely available to all.

If you are not a member of BSAVA and wish to receive JSAP, you can either become a member or subscribe to the journal via our publisher, Wiley.

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