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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. 

November issue - Editor's choice

Reason to be less glum about glomerulonephritis?

It can be difficult to substantially impact the health and longevity of animals with renal failure. As with many diseases, treatment may be limited by lack of a precise diagnosis and for renal failure specifically we are often treating an end-stage condition. In this month’s JSAP, Dr Vessieres and colleagues report results of kidney biopsy in a large number of dogs that presented with proteinuria. Amongst the variety of histologic diagnoses was a fair proportion that had immune-complex glomerulonephritis, which is susceptible to immunosuppressive therapy. This is important to know because it is step toward breaking down the renal failure monolith into more specific diagnoses for which effective targeted therapy can be developed.

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October issue - Editor's choice

Is ketamine special?

Propofol is an almost ubiquitous induction agent in small animal anesthesia but it does carry a couple of niggles: hypoventilation on induction and lack of analgesic effects. In a carefully designed clinical study, Dr Reed and colleagues report in this month’s JSAP how recovery is superior in dogs induced with the less commonly-used combination of ketamine and diazepam compared with those induced with propofol, which they attribute to the analgesic effects of ketamine. While the observed benefits might not justify use of this (slightly) more complicated induction protocol on all cases, perhaps it might be worth re-considering for dogs predicted to be more agitated or painful on recovery?

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