The Veterinary Reporter


Premiere Issue | Fall 2013

Dear Veterinary Colleague,

David Bruyette, DVM, DACVIM Welcome to the premiere edition of West Los Angeles Animal Hospital's newsletter, The Veterinary Reporter. Published quarterly for our friends and colleagues in the veterinary community, The Veterinary Reporter will feature an array of topical articles, interesting case reports, technical training tips, management topics, news, and announcements about our continuing education programs as well as other events. We hope you enjoy our first issue of The Veterinary Reporter and find the content informative and useful in your work. We welcome your comments and suggestions for
future articles that would be of particular interest and helpful
to your practice - just click on the link below to contact us.


I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you,
as one of our referring primary care veterinarians, for your continuing support and trust in West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. Please know that our entire team's top priority is to continue to earn that trust by providing you and your referred clients and patients with an unparalleled level of expertise, service and compassion. As an extension of your practice, our veterinary specialists work together to provide advanced diagnostics, progressive therapies, and supportive care. From diagnosis to discharge, our goal is to partner with you to provide optimal outcomes for our patients. Please don't hesitate to call us at any time we can be of assistance to you. 

David Bruyette, DVM, DACVIM
Medical Director
West Los Angeles Animal Hospital
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Internal Medicine

ENDOCRINOLOGY Part 1: Insulin Update 2013

InsulinUpdateA number of recent changes have occurred regarding the availability of insulin preparations used in the management of diabetes mellitus in both dogs and cats. In addition, several recent studies have evaluated the use of long-acting basal insulins in patients in the initial management of diabetes as well as the treatment of ketoacidosis. This article summarizes the current state of insulin therapy and how to select the insulin that  is best suited for your patients.

Internal Medicine

Hyperthyroidism in Cats: Diagnosis and Treatment

"Sir," an 11-year-old Tabby with hyperthyroidism, has been on
the y/d diet for 2 years.
HyperthyroidisminCatsHyperthyroidism is recognized as the most common endocrinopathy of older cats. Despite worldwide occurrence, the pathogenesis of feline hyperthyroidism remains unclear. Traditional methods of managing feline hyperthyroidism include thyroidectomy, anti-thyroid medications, and radioactive iodine. Recent studies document that another option now exists for hyperthyroid cats: feeding a limited-iodine food normalizes thyroid hormone concentrations and alleviates clinical signs of hyperthyroidism. Surgery and radioactive iodine are designed to provide permanent solutions, whereas, oral anti-thyroid drugs and nutritional management control hyperthyroidism and are needed daily to achieve/maintain their effect. All management options are effective and each has its pros and cons. It's important to discuss all options with pet owners so the appropriate management can be selected for each hyperthyroid cat.

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CushingsSyndromeCase Study


Medical Management of Cushing's Syndrome with Trilostane (Vetoryl)

A 10 year old MC Cocker Spaniel presented for evaluation of severe polyuria and polydipsia (pu/pd) of 3 months duration. Previous laboratory work-up was unremarkable with the exception of a urine specific gravity of 1.010. A CBC and chemistry panel were within normal limits. A urine culture was positive for E. coli and the pet was treated with Baytril (enrofloxacin) at 5 mg/kg once daily for 10 days. No change in the pu/pd was observed. An ACTH stimulation test was performed. The resting cortisol was 2.7 ug/dl with a 1 hour post cortisol of 14.8 ug/dl. These results were considered normal for the laboratory. The patient was referred for additional evaluation of the pu/pd.

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Clinical Trials


 Clinical Trials: Call for Cases


West Los Angeles Animal Hospital is currently conducting three clinical studies that our hospital is actively seeking participant cases for from veterinarians. Two of our studies require dogs with rattlesnake bites while the third study calls for newly diagnosed hyperthyroid cats. Following is a brief outline of the trials. For more details about each of the studies, please click on the "Read More" links below.



 (1) Thromboelastography (TEG) Study
       Thromboelastography (TEG) provides a global assessment of coagulation
       status and West Los Angeles Animal Hospital is the only hospital in
       Southern California with the capability to evaluate TEG. We are currently 
       investigating the ability of TEG to predict antivenin needs for dogs that
       have been bitten by rattlesnakes.                Read More


(2) Efficacy Trial for New Antivenin Product  

             Patients that require antivenin therapy will be eligible for inclusion in an 
             efficacy trail for a new antivenin product.     Read More


 (3) Feline y/d Study
      A clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Hill's Feline y/d in
      the management of clinical signs and biochemical abnormalities in cats 
      with newly diagnosed hyperthyroidism.        Read More  



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PARTS 1 and 2



Medical Management of Cushing's Syndrome with Trilostane (Vetoryl)





West Los Angeles Animal Hospital designated one of nation's first Veterinary Trauma Centers

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 Earlier this year West Los Angeles Animal Hospital moved to a new 42,000 sq. ft. facility


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Continuing Education



 November 6, 2013 

 December 4, 2013

 January 8, 2014



Click on dates above for details and registration information on our upcoming continuing education programs presented by our specialists in Oncology, Emergency and Critical Care, and Internal Medicine 






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