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EDITOR / INDEX Editor’s Note The June issue is full of local con- tent. Thanks to the veterinarians who gave up their time to contrib- ute. At Vet360 we aim to highlight issues with practical relevance and import. The article from Prof Vinny Nai- doo on generics is an important read for us veterinarians. As phar- maceutical regulations are being more strictly applied we do need to become cognisant of what our legal obligation to our clients is regarding the prescription of human generics. Too often our prescribing decisions are based on costs and not on good practice. The surgical article is a window onto future methods of surgery for medial patella luxation. My own dog is already the recipient of a not so cheap prosthetic. These patients can be very difficult to manage and now there are alternative options for an improved result in a sub- group of your patients. Enucleation is a frequently per- formed procedure and the article just highlights when it is most appropriate and when an eye may be able to be saved. And then there is the article on electrophoresis – it’s an important read as it defines the cases in which the test has diagnostic value. The CPD points has been split between 2 articles. We aim to keep our articles concise – this means I cannot often eke out 10 good CPD questions, so 2 articles with 5 questions on each will hopefully be more practical. Advisory Board VET360 aims to be a leader in the field of continuing veterinary development in South- ern Africa by providing veterinary professionals from diverse disciplines with tools to help them meet the challenges of private practice. The magazine aims to make infor- mation accessible, both paper and electronic, and provide clinical, business and other veterinary information in a concise form to enable the practitioner to rapidly acquire nuggets of essential knowledge. Editor Dr. Liesel van der Merwe BVSc MMedVet (Med) Small Animals Practitioners Advisory Board Progressive practitioners to keep our content practical and relevant Dr Lindsey Cox (Squires) BSc (Hons), BVSc (Hons) Dr Natli Rouvoet, BVSc Dr Richard Smith, BVSc Hons Editorial Advisory Board Specialists evaluating the content, ensuring editorial quality and integrity Dr Lynette Bester, DVN, BVSc, MMedVet (Anaes) Dr Marlies Bohm, BVSc, DSAM, MMedVet (Small Animals) Dipl. ECVIM(CA) Dr Michael Gray, BVSc MMedVet (Surg) Small Animals Dr Stephen Hughes BVSc MMedVet (Therios) Dr Rick Last BVSc, MMedVet (Path) MRVSC Prof Fred Reyers BVSc (Hons) MMev Vet (KLD) Dr Tanya Schoeman BVSc, MMedVet, Dipl. ECVIM (CA) Dr Willemien van Wyk, BVSc Dr Anthony Zambellli BVSc, MMedVet Index: • The Skeptic's Guide to Veterinary Wellness Plans 4 • Finance Options for Pet Owners 6 • African Horse Sickness in Dogs (cAHS): A Clinical and Diagnostics Update 8 • Medial Patella Luxation 12 • Are all Generics Created Equal? 16 • Should I Refer for a CT Scan? 22 • Skin Diseases Which Respond to Nutritional Changes 25 • Ophthalmology: When can the Eye be Saved 28 • Serum Protein Electrophoresis 32 • The ABCs of Veterinary Dentistry: "H" is for Hair Havoc 34 We are currently distributing with the VetNews. A win-win situation for SAVA, Vetlink and the reader. Non-SAVA members are urged to subscribe to ensure individual postage and access CPD MCQ. Please subscribe on PREVIOUS EDITION: April 2017 • Feline perineal urethrostomy • Urinary incontinence in the horse (CPD) • Dentistry - Gingival disease NEXT EDITION: August 2017 • Hypersensitivity Testing • Lymphoma in dogs - the basics • Surgical options for incontinence in the bitch Vet360 is a source of current, relevant educational material for practising veterinary professionals in Southern Africa. Published Bi-monthly in hard copy and electronically on Distribution: Southern Africa, 3 500 copies. Copyright reserved. Disclaimer: Expressions of opinion, claims and statement of supposed facts do not necessarily reflect the views of the editor or publisher. Whilst every effort is made to report accurately, the publisher or the editor does not accept any liability with regard to any statement, advertisement, fact or recommendation made in this mag- azine. Editor: Dr Liesel van der Merwe BVSc (Hons) MMedVet (Med) Small Animals. Sub-editor: Marielle Tappan Layout and design: Daniëlle Stuart Publisher and Owner: Vetlink Publications Other Publications by Vetlink: Vet360 Mobile App, Livestock Health and Production Review, Hooo-Hooo, Equine Health Update We welcome any comments, contributions, topic suggestions and letters for publication. Send them to: The Editor, PO Box 232, GROENKLOOF, 0027 Tel: (012) 346 1590, 082 575 6479. Fax: 086 671 9907 Email: (Dr Liesel van der Merwe) Advertising Enquiries: The Publ isher. Vetlink. Madaleen Schultheiss: Madaleen Schultheiss Issue 03 | JUNE 2017 | 3