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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. 

April issue - Editor's choice

STOP taking the tablets

When confronted with an owner who is at the end of their tether with a dog that has STILL got diarrhoea after all the routine treatments you have given it is very tempting to think: “diarrhoea = bacterial ‘imbalance’ = need for antibiotics”. The reason why this simple option should be avoided is elucidated in a Perspective article in this month’s JSAP. Partly, it is because antibiotic-induced changes to the gut microbiome can be deleterious and extremely long-lasting and partly it is because of the hazards of microbial resistance. In this article, Dr Cerqetella and colleagues provide a handy algorithm as a guide through the diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties with these cases.

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March issue - Editor's choice

Ureteric injury post-ovariohysterectomy

Complications can arise following any surgery, but it is especially mortifying when they occur after elective procedures and, perhaps, no complication is dreaded more than ureteric injury during ovariohysterectomy. Fortunately, the incidence appears to be low, but in this month’s JSAP, Professor Lipscomb and Dr Plater review cats and dogs referred to the Royal Veterinary College for treatment of spay-related ureteric injury. Importantly, although clinical signs were frequently non-specific they appeared within a few days after surgery in the great majority of animals, allowing rapid referral. A key message from this article is that, despite the severity of this iatrogenic injury, most animals made a satisfactory recovery with appropriate surgery and supportive care.

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