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. 

January issue - Editor's choice

Survival and complications in cats treated with subcutaneous ureteral bypass

Veterinary medicine is advancing fast and treatment options that just a decade ago were considered extremely advanced are now accessible to many of our patients. This is the case for surgical procedures available in cats with ureteral obstruction. A relatively novel technique to treat ureteral obstruction is the subcutaneous ureteral bypass system, a technique which provides promising results in feline patients. However, as for any medical intervention, theoretical efficacy is just a start, and in order to allow owners to make informed decisions, description of outcomes and potential complications of procedures based on pragmatic research is fundamental. It is with these issues in mind that Dr Nicola Kulendra and colleagues from the Royal Veterinary College, with the aid of a PetSavers research grant, have focused on survival and complications recorded, classified and reported in a large case series including 95 cats that underwent 130 subcutaneous ureteral bypass procedures. The authors’ findings will be helpful both for veterinarians referring animals for these procedures and for veterinarians performing them.

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December issue - Editor's choice

The use of hydrolysed diets for vomiting and/or diarrhoea in cats in primary veterinary practice

Not all cats with chronic vomiting and/or diarrhea undergo extensive diagnostic tests in primary practice. Sometimes owners can not afford the diagnostics, or sometimes the diagnostics are just too dangerous for the patient. These are not ideal situations, but they are presumably not uncommon, and they may result in empirical treatment of patients with a combination of hydrolysed diets, antibiotics and/or glucocorticoid. What happens to the cats that receive a hydrolysed diet? How does response change with or without concurrent antibiotic and/or glucocorticoid treatment? To these and more questions Dr Kathrani and colleagues, from the Royal Veterinary College, have provided an answer using anonymised veterinary clinical data from the VetCompass™ Programme. This pragmatic cohort study has uncovered several interesting results, one of them is that patients that received antibiotic and/or glucocorticoid before or concurrently with the hydrolysed diet had higher chances of a poor response to the treatment. Although the information available did not allow the authors to correct for the severity of the condition of the individual cats, and this fact could have biased the results if cats that had a more severe condition were immediately prescribed additional medications other than the hydrolysed diet, these results are a solid base for further randomised controlled trials and provide useful guidance for veterinarians facing similar situations.

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

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