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. 

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September issue - in JSAP this month

Study investigates whether lymphadenectomy improves outcome in dogs with Kiupel high-grade cutaneous mast cell tumours and overt regional lymph node metastasis

A new study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP), compared outcome in dogs with Kiupel high-grade cutaneous mast cell tumours and overt regional lymph node metastasis. The prognosis for dogs with stage II Kiupel high-grade cutaneous mast cell tumours has historically been considered poor. However, the removal of metastatic regional lymph nodes in more recent research has been associated with a better outcome in canine cutaneous mast cell tumours. The study found that dogs with Kiupel high-grade cutaneous mast cell tumours undergoing lymphadenectomy of HN3 lymph nodes as part of their primary surgery in addition to adjuvant medical treatment had a significant improvement in time to progression and survival time compared with those dogs not undergoing the procedure.

Nicola Di Girolamo, Editor of JSAP concluded: “It is really encouraging to see collaborations from multiple institutions like the study presented here. Including multiple institutions in a retrospective cohort study, does not only ensure a higher sample size, but also ensure a higher generalisability of the results. Meaning that it is more likely that the differences observed in this study are also going to be observed at different practices and with different clinicians.”

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August issue - in JSAP this month

Study investigates efficacy of vapocoolant spray in improving the tolerance of intravenous catheterisation in emergency patients

A new study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP), compared the swab application of vapocoolant spray (VS) and saline control in emergency canine and feline patients, with the objective of improving the tolerance of catheter pain. There is limited research available in the veterinary literature on the analgesic effects of VS in canine or feline patients. The study “The efficacy of vapocoolant spray for the improved tolerance of catheter pain in emergency patients” aimed to determine more specifically if application of VS before intravenous catheterisation (IC) resulted in reduced reaction and improved intravenous catheter placement success. A randomised controlled trial of client-owned dogs and cats presenting as emergencies and requiring intravenous catheterisation was performed. Patient signalment and mentation score were recorded. Patients were randomly allocated to either a swab saturated with vapocoolant spray (treatment) or a swab saturated with saline (control) applied to the clipped area before intravenous catheterisation. Indirect application of VS via a swab before IC was not found to significantly reduce the reaction of dogs and cats to intravenous catheterisation in an emergency setting nor improve placement success rates. The present study did demonstrate a significantly greater adverse response to VS application to the skin via a swab when compared with the saline control in canine patients; feline patients demonstrated adverse responses to both VS and saline swabs. It is unclear if the technique of application used in this study provided sufficient cooling effect to provide the required cryoanaesthesia to influence patient reaction. Future studies should be used to determine optimal VS application technique in dogs and cats, as well as examine its application in other populations and procedures.

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