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Vets and doctors treat dog’s rare brain malformation
An MRI after four months showed the embolisation was intact and Crash’s condition was improving.

German shepherd suffered intracranial arteriovenous malformation

US vets have teamed up with human doctors to treat a type of brain malformation that is rarely seen in dogs.

Six-year-old German shepherd Crash had been suffering from lethargy, headache signs and disorientation. An MRI scan revealed he had an intracranial arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in his brain and behind his eyes.

AVMs are very uncommon in veterinary medicine and a brain AVM is rarer still.

Dr Bill Culp, from UC Davis veterinary hospital in California, said: “Because this condition occurs in human patients relatively more commonly, I was hopeful that we would be able to collaborate with physicians at UC Davis Health in order to treat Crash as successfully as possible.”

Crash’s arteries and veins were connecting abnormally in his head, meaning the blood came in through the artery and out through the vein too quickly, bypassing brain tissue and causing swelling.

Dr Culp worked with veterinary neurosurgeon Beverly Sturges and physicians Dr Brian Dahlin, who regularly treats AVMs in humans, and Dr Paul Dong. Together, the team performed an embolisation, which delivers a product to ‘clot’ or close the blood vessels in Crash’s AVM, and redirect the blood flow.

After a short recovery time in the ICU, Crash was able to go home. An MRI after four months showed the embolisation was intact and Crash’s condition was improving. He is no longer showing signs of headaches and the pressure on his eye sockets is gone.

Image courtesy of UC Davis

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ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

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 A selection of X-ray images showing the inner workings of frogs, turtles, snakes and geckos have been shared by veterinary surgeons at ZSL London Zoo.

Taken as part of a routine health check, the images have been shared as part of ‘Vets in Action’ week - a hand’s on role-playing experience for children that explores the life of a zoo vet.

ZSL London Zoo veterinary nurse Heather Mackintosh said: “It’s great to be able to share the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Zoo to keep our residents in tip-top condition – and our visitors are always amazed to find out more about their favourite animals.” 

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The Association’s ‘Foundation Collection’ is comprised of more than 70 hours of articles, lectures and book chapters covering topics such as basic handling skills, working on a budget and emergency triage. Some of the countries set to benefit include Albania, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.

Nicolette Hayward, of BSAVA International Affairs Committee said: “Our mission is to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science, so we are delighted to work with WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to share these high-quality resources to the veterinary profession in low and middle-income countries.”