Scientific snapshots

Increase your knowledge with this eclectic collection of science-focused snippets, articles, summaries and papers aimed at keeping you in the picture!  

VETSPRESSO: Perk up with some insight on feline allergens

Why do people react to cat allergens even if the cat isn’t even in the room?

How can we help cat owners deal with allergies to their feline friend?

In this month’s VETSPRESSO, we look into research that shows evidence of a safe and efficient technology that reduces the levels of allergens in a cat’s hair and saliva to help minimize exposure of the Fel d 1 allergen to its human companion.

Get your energizing shots of actionable insight and find out how it can be applied to your veterinary practice in our to-the-point video featuring our VETSPRESSO “barista”, Lucas Yuricek, DVM.

A RECAP OF THE AVMA COMPANION ANIMAL AFTERCARE GUIDELINES

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. JOCELYN ANNE MASON

Veterinarians are responsible and accountable for pet care and wellbeing throughout their patients' lifetime. But what happens once the pets pass away? In this Scientific Snapshot, Jocelyn Ann Mason, DVM, summarizes the AVMA Companion animal aftercare guidelines. This recap will cover the topic of aftercare as well as the more delicate subject of aftercare providers and crematoria.

SHOULD THERE BE MORE THAN ONE DIURETIC OF CHOICE FOR DOGS WITH CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

Furosemide taken twice daily is the diuretic prescription of choice for canine patients in congestive heart failure. Could once-daily torasemide serve as an equally effective alternative? Dr. Danny Joffe, VCA Canada Vice-president of medical operaions, summarizes a recent study confirming both diuretics produced the same outcome in such cases, with one notable exception: dogs on torasemide were two times less likely to reach one of the composite cardiac endpoints than dogs on furosemide.

VETSPRESSO: Perk up with some insight on parasite prevention

Why are tapeworm infections now a public health risk compared to previous years?

How has this parasite spread all across the country?

In this month’s VETSPRESSO, we look into a case study about a dog presented with a hepatic abscess, which turned out to be alveolar echinococcosis. This paper is a starting point to review parasite prevention protocols and how to reduce further exposure and environmental contamination.

Get your energizing shots of actionable insights and find out how they can be applied to your veterinary practice in our to-the-point video featuring our VETSPRESSO “barista”, Lucas Yuricek, DVM.

VETSPRESSO: Perk up with additional pain assessment knowledge based on cats’ facial expressions

In this month’s VETSPRESSO, we look into an investigation validating a more practical pain assessment tool to help evaluate response to analgesics for cats by using a Feline Grimace Scale. This paper explains how pain is assessed in cats based on their facial expressions. The information provided will be useful in hospitalized patients with acute pain, which makes this scale a potential practical tool in both research and clinical settings.

Get your energizing shots of insightful information in our to-the-point video featuring our VETSPRESSO “barista”, Lucas Yuricek, DVM, and find out how the scale can be used by veterinarians and technicians to establish more consistent ways to assess pain in cats, and provide them with analgesics whenever necessary.

WHICH SURGICAL APPROACH IS THE TREATMENT OF CHOICE FOR FELINE PATIENTS WITH MAMMARY ADENOCARCINOMA?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

In this Scientific Snapshot, Dr. Danny Joffe, National Medical Director of VCA Canada, reviews the results of a multi-institutional retrospective study assessing outcomes in cats with mammary adenocarcinoma following unilateral, staged bilateral, or single-session bilateral mastectomy.

VETSPRESSO: Perk up with some evidence-based wellness initiatives to overcome burnout

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. LUCAS YURICEK

Do you know someone who has left the veterinary profession due to burnout or have you ever thought of leaving yourself?

If so, don’t miss this month’s VETSPRESSO, as we look into an investigation on burnout syndrome in veterinary technicians working in specialty hospitals. This research paper outlines what burnout actually is and points out some evidence-based initiatives that can be taken to overcome it.

Get your energizing shots of actionable insights and find out how to apply these to your practice in our to-the-point video featuring our VETSPRESSO “barista”, Lucas Yuricek, DVM.

DO HIGH-PHOSPHORUS DIETS CONTRIBUTE TO RENAL DYSFUNCTION IN CATS?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

A study has shown decreased renal function in normal cats fed diets containing five times the maintenance levels of phosphorus – i.e., levels similar to those found in many commercial feline diets (especially canned diets). This Scientific Snapshot prepared by Dr. Danny Joffe, National Medical Director of VCA Canada, summarizes a recent study that further evaluated the effect of high dietary phosphorus levels on feline renal function.

UPDATED CANINE LIFE STAGE GUIDELINES LEND A BASIS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE HEALTH MONITORING & DISEASE PREVENTION

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY JINELLE WEBB, DVM, MSc, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM (SAIM)

Jinelle Webb, DVM, MSc, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM (SAIM), discusses recent changes to the AAHA Life Stage Guidelines, and the advantages of using life stages in veterinary practices as a framework for developing a preventive healthcare strategy for each individual patient.

DOG OWNER MEASURING ACCURACY PUT TO THE TEST USING COMMERCIAL SCOOPS

A recent Canadian study revealed many dog owners may accidentally overfeed their pets due to inaccuracies that occur using commercial measuring devices.

Get the scoop on the study results by downloading our infographic poster outlining the key findings and take home messages.