Catching your breath

KATHRYN JENKINS Clinical history: A 3-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel presented with a 4-5 week history of respiratory disease.  Radiographs demonstrated a diffuse interstitial lung pattern.   Fluid samples from a tracheal wash, material from the endotracheal tube and a FNA from the lung were all submitted for cytologic examination. Laboratory results: Cytology of the […]

A tale of high drama

BERNIE VAATSTRA Loki is a lively two-year-old male neutered English Springer Spaniel with a strong interest in food of all kinds, edible or otherwise. On a Friday evening on returning from work, Loki’s owner noticed him behaving unusually. He barked sharply at the car he usually recognises and approached with a swaying, uncoordinated gait. Clinical […]

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GEOFF ORBELL Clinical history: Fourteen rising 1-year-old beef bulls and steers died suddenly over a 24-hour period five days after being yarded for drenching (pour-on) and castration. The cattle had been bought up from the South Island (in February) for finishing and had reportedly been previously vaccinated twice for clostridial disease prior to transport. Both […]

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Clinical history: A seven-year-old female rabbit was presented for a  swelling on the right hind limb, which was worsening after being first noticed two weeks previously. At presentation, the rabbit had muscle atrophy in both hind limbs, with a hairless, nodular mass noted directly above the right calcaneus. The mass was sampled by fine needle […]

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LISA HULME-MOIR Clinical history: A 15-year old male, neutered Chihuahua presented with a large 6x5x3cm subcutaneous mass in the left inguinal region. A fine needle aspirate of the mass was submitted to the laboratory for cytology. Laboratory results: On cytology, the submitted slides contained many medium to large cells that were frequently arranged in rosette […]

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REBECCA ALLAN A palpable thyroid gland in an elderly cat equals hyperthyroidism, right? Not always! When we think of thyroid issues in adult cats we usually think of hyperthyroidism, however occasionally the opposite problem of hypothyroidism can occur. Coco a 15-year-old Burmese is a case in point. Clinical history: Coco presented to the veterinary clinic […]

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BERNIE VAATSTRA Clinical history: An 8-week-old male Domestic Shorthair rescue kitten died overnight three days after being castrated, vaccinated and transported. A post-mortem was conducted and samples collected for histopathology . Laboratory testing: Sections of heart, liver, spleen, pancreas, stomach and small intestine were unremarkable. Examination of the large and small airways of the lung […]

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CATHY HARVEY Clinical history: Three-week-old puppies developed clear nasal and ocular discharge, but were still relatively bright and eating. The puppies were from the first litter of a dam that had one vaccination at 6 months of age. Two of the puppies faded and died over the weekend, and the other two were presented for […]

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MICHAEL HARDCASTLE Clinical history: A three-year-old Collie cross had a two and a half year history of pruritic skin and ear disease. This included a dominant sternal rash that had been treated with a range of systemic medications, topical medications and dietary manipulation, but had never resolved; it crusted or flared intermittently. At presentation there […]

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Clinical history:A mob of 200 weaner deer were transferred between properties the same day as being given a mineral and anthelmentic drench. They were in good health on arrival at the new farm, but a few days after being fed silage they started dying. Most of the mob died over a 4-5 day period. Multiple […]