A group of the world’s leading dermatologists have compiled a manual to help vets gain a better understanding of topical glucocorticoid therapy, and its use as a first line treatment.

A group of the world’s leading dermatologists have compiled a manual to help vets gain a better understanding of topical glucocorticoid therapy, and its use as a first line treatment.
 
The 124-page manual is not just a series of trial studies, but also contains an overview of case studies across a range of companion animal species, including cats, dogs and horses, and has a Q&A style expert guide.
 
One of the authors, Tim Nuttall of the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science, hopes the guide will help vets understand the benefits of new di-ester topical glucocorticoids such as hydrocortisone aceponate and accelerate their use in veterinary practice.
 
Dr Nuttall said: “In human dermatology these products have rapidly become the first line treatment of choice. I’m rather surprised that so far uptake by the veterinary profession hasn’t been on the same scale.
 
Hydrocortisone aceponate (HCA) is a relatively new compound and vets may not be familiar with it, or its advantages. However, di-ester topical glucocorticoids are a truly revolutionary breakthrough in the treatment of atopic dermatitis with an excellent efficacy and safety profile.”
 
According to Dr Nuttall the guide explains why hydrocortisone aceponate is not just another topical steroid. It describes the unique advantages that HCA has over other topical steroids, and provides the evidence to support this. It also gives case examples of a wide range of other uses for HCA.
 
“Vets can review the information and make their own minds up,” he said.
 
The guide is available in both hardcopy and electronic formats. Anyone wishing to obtain a copy is advised to see their Virbac territory manager or call Virbac on 01359 243243.

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