In this episode, host Alyssa Watson, DVM, is joined by Christopher Lea, DVM, DABVP (Canine & Feline), to talk about his recent Clinician’s Brief article, “Top 6 Conditions Found During Canine Rectal Examination.” Rectal examinations are always appropriate, but not uniformly applicable, so Dr. Lea discusses using clinical judgment when it comes to real-world scenarios. He reviews the checklist for rectal examination findings and shares some of the next steps when you’ve found an abnormality.
Keep rectal examination in mind for every patient; use your clinical judgment.
Some specific structures to evaluate are the anal sacs, lumbosacral region, pelvic urethra, and prostate gland (if present).
Include a circumferential “360” sweep of the rectum as part of your examination, as well.
Ultrasound will be a common next step for any abnormal findings, though cytology and/or molecular diagnostics may be available.
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Alyssa Watson, DVM - Host
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