Professor Nick Jeffery, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP), our Official Scientific Journal, highlights a paper that may help clinicians to manage these frustrating cases... It can be frustrating to deal with dogs that present with pyrexia. There are many possible causes and, often, not much in the way of pointers to likely disease processes, making for difficult conversations regarding the efficient use of owners’ funds for diagnostic investigations. In this month’s JSAP, Black and co-workers describe the diagnoses reached in a sample population of juvenile dogs presenting with persistent pyrexia - and found that a large majority were affected by immune-mediated diseases.
Although the precise proportion of young dogs affected by specific diseases may vary from one locale to another, the information provided in this article can help focus diagnostic efforts, resulting in happier and more engaged clients.
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