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. 

February issue - Editor's choice

Stress in dogs during physical examination

As veterinarians, we should always strive to have our patients comfortable and free of stress and anxiety, even during something so simple as a physical examination. In certain veterinary settings, it is common practice to bring animals away from the owner when performing a physical examination. A randomised controlled trial performed by Dr Mandese and colleagues at the veterinary teaching hospital of the University of Florida evaluated the effect of this practice in dogs. The investigators have randomised dogs to receive physical examinations in isolated exam rooms with the owner present, and in a common treatment area with the owner absent, measuring indicators of stress, anxiety and fear. Although this study is limited by the lack of blindness of the outcome assessors, the results showed that conducting physical examinations in the common treatment area and without the owner present increased overt signs of anxiety, stress and fear in dogs. These results should be carefully considered by those institutions in which physical examinations without the owner in a common area are the standard.

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

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