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What's New - April 2023




Trazodone hydrochloride is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and a 5HT2 receptor antagonist (reuptake inhibitor) (SARI). It is used, in conjunction with behavioral management, for control of anxiety in dogs.

Written by Vetstream Ltd
Reviewed by Gigi Davidson

 Feline limbic encephalitis

A suspected immune-mediated condition of geriatric cats, limbic encephalitis is also known as Feline complex partial cluster seizure with orofacial involvement (FEPSO).

Written by Mark Lowrie MA MVM DipECVN VetMB MRCVS
Reviewed by Laurent Garosi DVM DipECVN FRCVS

 Adrenocortical disease

The pathogenesis of adrenal disease in rabbits is not well or completely understood, but it is possible that, similar to other species such as ferrets or mice, gonadectomy contributes to adrenocortical hyperplasia and later tumorigenesis.

Written by David Perpiñán DVM MSc PhD DipECZM
Reviewed by Anna Meredith MA VetMB CertLAS DipECZM DZooMed(Mammalian) PhD FRCVS

 Plasma cell neoplasia

In ferrets PCN is caused by clonal proliferation of malignant plasma cells. Two clinical presentations have been described: multiple myeloma where there is systemic proliferation of malignant plasma cells or their precursors involving multiple bone marrow sites; and solitary osseous plasmacytoma where there is a solitary collection of malignant plasma cells in a bone.

Written by Joanne Sheen BVM&S CertZooMed DipABVP
Reviewed by Kim Le BVSc BSc(Vet) MVS DABVP(Exotic Companion Mammal)

 Blood pressure monitoring

The aim of blood pressure monitoring is to detect early signs of hypotension in order to correct the problem before serious complications result. Treatment can then be initiated, eg reducing the depth of anesthesia, fluid therapy and drug therapy using sympathomimetics such as dobutamine.

Updated by Nicola Menzies-Gow MA VetMB CertEM(IntMed) DipECEIM FRCVS

 Eyelid entropion

Uni/bilateral inversion of lower eyelid margin that is caused by a hereditary defect or secondary to weak calves, dehydration, eyelid trauma, ocular/peri-ocular trauma, severe weight loss, or changes in orbicularis oculi muscle tone, tarsal plate weakness and globe position.

Written by Vetstream Ltd
Reviewed by Ash Phipps BVSc(HonsI) GradCertVPH(EAD) MVS MVSc(Clinical) FANZCVS(Dairy Cattle Medicine and Management)

New Contributor - Kim Le

Kim became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Exotic Companion Mammals in 2021. Her path has led her to work in clinical academia and private referral practice all over the world including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and currently the United States of America. In Kim's spare time she enjoys paddling, mountain biking, bird watching, scuba diving and eating!

Kim has contributed to a number of articles on Vetlexicon Exotis. Check our her full Contributors profile here!

Journal Feeds on Vetlexicon

We have now included Journal Feeds to various veterinary publications throughout Vetlexicon. You’ll find the Journal Feeds on the left-hand side in each Category within Canis, Felis, Lapis, ExotisEquis and Bovis. Check them out for all the latest veterinary news and articles from around the globe!

Contributor News – Zoë Halfacree

Congratulations to Zoë Halfacree MA VetMB CertVDI DipECVS CertSAS FRCVS, a soft tissue specialist at Davies Veterinary Specialists (Davies) who has been awarded a Fellowship by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Prior to joining Davies in October 2020, Zoë was a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery and Head of Soft Tissue Surgery at the RVC.

Zoe has been valued contributor to Vetlexicon Canis and Felis for many years. Check out her list of contributions here!