Buckinghamshire-based Hamilton Specialist Referrals has published the results of a survey of GP vets which reveals which conditions they have found harder to manage during the pandemic.

60 vets took part in the survey. 80% believed they had seen an increase in behavioural problems since lockdown. Over 60% reported an increase in the incidence of obesity and diarrhoea. Nearly 50% had seen an increase in urinary tract disorders and haemorrhagic gastroenteritis.

When asked which conditions had been harder to manage clinically since the start of the pandemic, the top seven conditions were:

  • Diabetes in cats (37%)
  • Skin disease (36%)
  • Diabetes in dogs (32%)
  • Hyper- and hypo-adrenocorticism (32%)
  • Chronic gastroenteritis (28%)
  • Haemorrhagic gastroenteritis (>20%)
  • Immune-mediated disease (>10%)

Medicine specialist, Dr Stefanie Mitze (pictured right) said: “We conducted the survey to help us understand changes in disease incidence and the clinical challenges faced by our colleagues in first opinion practice over the last year.

"The fact that the incidence of disorders which can have a stress-related component, including behavioural problems, diarrhoea and urinary tract disease, were reported to have increased by a high proportion of respondents indicates that many pets may be experiencing heightened stress during the pandemic.”

Stefanie is now creating a series of free bitesize CPD videos to help manage these more challenging cases. She said: “We recognise the past year has been challenging, especially with complex staffing issues, reduced vet visits and restricted face-to-face communication with clients. For complex, chronic medical conditions, especially those which require frequent follow up, we wanted to support colleagues in providing the best care possible in the current circumstances. We hope these CPD sessions will provide practical tips to help deliver just that.

The CPD sessions are available at: https://www.hamiltonspecialists.vet 

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