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. 

April issue - Editor's choice

Evaluating skin biopsy specimens from alopecic dogs

The scientific evaluation of diagnostic techniques is complicated. There are two main risks when adding a novel diagnostic technique to the standard care of a group of patients: the execution itself of the new test may carry additional danger for the patients (eg, a longer anaesthesia, systemic reaction to a contrast medium, etc.), and the interpretation of the results of the new test may lead to “overdiagnosis” of certain conditions (ie, the diagnosis of a condition for which treatment may be ultimately less beneficial for the patient than no treatment). It is not common to spectate the development of a diagnostic technique that could help with the diagnosis in a large number of animals with likely limited side effects. In this month’s JSAP, Dr Bond from the Royal Veterinary College and colleagues have assessed whether the addition of transverse sectioning in histological processing could enhance the diagnostic benefit from skin biopsies of dogs with alopecia. The results on the sample of 31 alopecic dogs were promising. This study has the potential to provide the first step for a change in current veterinary dermato‐pathological practice making it closer to the standard of care for the histopathological investigation of alopecia in humans.

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March issue - Editor's choice

Chinchillas show a clinically relevant reduction in food intake following administration of metronidazole

As veterinarians, we are used to carefully discuss the potential adverse effects of major clinical interventions such as surgeries, anaesthetic events, or chemotherapies. However, it is easy to assume that common interventions, for example the administrations of widely used antimicrobials at standard doses, have little chance of having substantial adverse effects. As is often the case in medicine, it is better to avoid assumptions, and a study published in the next issue of JSAP is an elegant reminder of this fact. Dr Mans and his team, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have performed a randomised trial to evaluate the effects associated with the administration of metronidazole to chinchillas at doses commonly reported in formularies. The results are interesting, since the animals drastically reduced their food intake for multiple days. Even if this is a commonly used antimicrobial, it is likely that a similar side effect went unnoticed in the field because many chinchillas are already anorectic on presentation. This article not only provides clinically relevant information for veterinarians dealing with this species, but also serves as a general reminder to every clinician that any medical intervention could have potential side effects.

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

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