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Scientific Journal of the Hellenic Companion Animal Veterinary Society (HCAVS)

 

Hellenic Journal of Companion Animal Medicine - Volume 4 - Issue 1 - 2015

Table of Contents

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    Editorial
  • Bullet41 2
    Canine elbow dysplasia
    Aetiopathogenesis, diagnosis and current treatment recommendations
  • Bullet41 7
    Tooth extractions in dogs and cats
  • Bullet41 1
    Flavonoids as an adjunctive treatment for equine lymphoedema
  • Bullet41 9
    6th Forum on COMPANION ANIMAL MEDICINE
  • Bullet41 6
    Instructions for authors

 

Editorial

Scientific revolutions and companion animal surgery

In philosophy of science, according to Kuhn*, at times of scientific crisis a revolution starts or an overturn appears, in many cases sharp and forcible; the aim, to introduce a novel working «paradigm», like a set of techniques, values and consolidated knowledge that scientific community espouses at that point in time. This new «paradigm» will collide with the dominant one resulting in the evolution of science since the dominant one is in crisis and does not satisfy the scientific community anymore. The progress, or better the evolution of surgery is not attributable to the accumulation of knowledge, theories and experiences and neither correlates with empirical knowledge. However, it is not only based on the continuous succession of “paradigms” but also interacts with and depends on the developments in society, history of surgery and even on metaphysical ideas. At any time period, surgical knowledge stands alone, is autonomous and can’t be assessed using current scientific criteria.

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Tooth extractions in dogs and cats

> ABSTRACT

Tooth problems are very common among small animals. The veterinarian encounters them frequently, and quite often has to suggest tooth extraction. Periodontal disease and tooth fractures are the most common indication for extraction, while clotting defects or other pathological conditions which may endanger the animal’s life are contraindications. Appropriate pre-anaesthetic control and regional anaesthesia and analgesia should be considered before the extractions. The veterinarian should use proper instruments and pieces of equipment for such procedures. There are two basic extraction techniques: namely, the open and the closed technique. The choice of either technique will depend on several factors. The most usual complications after extraction are root fractures, massive post operative bleeding and soft tissue trauma. Postoperatively, the animal should receive the appropriate analgesics, antimicrobials, recommendations concerning the animal’s diet and home dental care.

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6th Forum on COMPANION ANIMAL MEDICINE

13-15 March 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Each year the HCAVS organizes an international 3-day Veterinary Conference. This year the 6th Forum took place in Athens, in the HELEXPO Conference and Exhibition Center, between the 13th and 15th of March.

A large number of participants (450 registrations), veterinarians as well as veterinary students, attended the scientific program of the 6th Forum with the main topic: “The chronic patient: a contemporary challenge”.

At the same time two pre-congress seminars were held with the following topics: “Suturing lab” and “Echocardiography in clinical practice – practical training” while in the main program there was an Intra-Conference Day of Dermatology by H.S.V.D.

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Canine elbow dysplasia

Aetiopathogenesis, diagnosis and current treatment recommendations

> ABSTRACT

Elbow dysplasia is a condition that causes pain and lameness in large and giant breed dogs. Its origins are genetic and when combined with environmental factors, development of the elbow joint becomes abnormal. Originally, elbow osteochondrosis was considered to be the main cause of this condition. Modern studies claim that the condition, in most cases, is caused by various forms of incongruity between articular surfaces of the three joints forming the elbow. Treatment is surgical and should be performed before the development of osteoarthritic lesions in the joint. Multiple surgical techniques to correct this condition are described in the literature. In cases when radiological examination of the elbow joint reveals severe osteoarthritic lesions, the selection of surgical technique depends on lesion localization.

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Flavonoids as an adjunctive treatment for equine lymphoedema

Retrospective study of five cases

> Abstract

Equine lymphoedema, a common pathologic condition characterized by lymph stasis, requires immediate treatment to ensure a positive outcome. Ascertaining the specific causative agent is not always possible. Despite typical signs of the syndrome, the complex pathogenesis impedes the establishment of an aetiologic treatment protocol. The use of flavonoids in human lymphoedema in recent years has provided the basis for their experimental use in equine lymphoedema. In this study, a treatment protocol for the management of lymphoedema was applied to five horses. The treatment, which included conservative measures, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial therapy as well as flavoinoids, provided encouraging results, indicating that flavonoids could be a promising therapeutic option for the treatment of equine lymphoedema.

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Instructions for authors

The Hellenic Journal of Companion Animal Medicine (H.J.C.A.M.) is a peer-reviewed, bilingual (Greek and English), publication of the Hellenic Companion Animal Veterinary Society (H.C.A.V.S.), which aims at the continuing education of the companion animal practitioners.

Manuscripts should be submitted for review, with the consent that they have not been submitted simultaneously or published in part or in full, to other journals.

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