Scientific Snapshots


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

2021-11-17
07:00 min
Content prepared by Danny Joffe, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (canine/feline specialty), Vice-President of Medical Operations at VCA Canada
A study evaluates dehiscence rates following enterotomy for foreign body removal. In veterinary literature, dehiscence rates following enterotomy range between 12-15.7%, which seems like a high number. As most of those earlier studies included foreign body removal, but also resection and anastomosis for neoplastic conditions, as well as intestinal trauma cases, it would seem intuitive to believe that dehiscence could be more likely to occur following enterectomy as opposed to enterotomy. The...
2021-11-10
08:39 min
Content presented by Jinelle A. Webb, DVM, MSc, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM
In this Scientific Snapshot, Dr. Jinelle Webb discusses how the AAHA Canine life stage guidelines can help to establish a framework for managing appointments with senior dogs. She talks about some of the topics to address with pet parents that are very important in the senior dog stage, including frequency of analyses, quality of life, occult diseases, education and compliance, diet, and more. Dr. Webb also insists on the importance of involving all members of the veterinary team in the...
2021-09-16
03:00 min
Content prepared by Danny Joffe, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (canine/feline specialty), Vice-President of Medical Operations at VCA Canada
A study evaluates the accuracy of direct-to-consumer kits to diagnose Adverse Food Reactions. True food allergies involve an immunological reaction to food, whereas some food reactions do not have an immunological basis, but have an identical presentation to what is seen with food allergies. Because of this, these two entities are lumped together as Adverse Food Reactions (AFR). AFR can present with either or both dermatological signs (identical in most cases to atopic dermatitis), and less...
2021-08-19
07:56 min
Content presented by Kelly St. Denis, MSc, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (feline) and AAFP President
In this Scientific Snapshot, Dr. Kelly St. Denis discusses how the 2021 AAHA/AAFP Feline Life Stage Guidelines can help veterinary clinics to offer up-to-date and age appropriate medical care in a cat-friendly setting. She also mentions some important advice veterinary teams can give clients in terms of at-home kitten care, nutrition, vaccination and parasite prevention.
2021-08-13
10:40 min
Content presented by Jinelle A. Webb, DVM, MSc, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM
In this Scientific Snapshot, Dr. Jinelle Webb discusses how the AAHA Canine life stage guidelines can help to establish a framework for managing puppy appointments. They can also help to determine a set plan that all veterinary team members are aware of and comfortable discussing with clients. Dr. Webb also addresses some areas of discussion presented in the guidelines that are very important in the puppy stage, including breed specific considerations, sterilization timing, nutrition, and more.
2021-07-23
12:04 min
Content presented by Geoffrey Truchetti, DMV, MSc, DES, Dipl. ACVA
In this Scientific Snapshot, veterinary anesthesia and analgesia consultant Dr. Geoffrey Truchetti discusses how and why the AAHA’s most recent recommendations on anesthesia and monitoring for dogs and cats are important. He also describes the main recommendations presented in this updated edition. Finally, he explains how these guidelines can be helpful for clinics, which recommendations can be easily implemented, and how to start using these guidelines with your team. BONUS: Download two...
2021-06-29
05:03 min
Content presented by Kelly St. Denis, MSc, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (feline) and AAFP President
Watch this video, as Kelly St. Denis, MSc, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (feline) and AAFP President, discusses some of the differences between the 2021 and 2010 editions of the AAHA/AAFP Feline Life Stage Guidelines and how they can be implemented in veterinary clinics for everyday use. For more resources regarding feline life stages, and much more, visit the AAHA website.
2021-04-15
Content prepared by Danny Joffe, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (canine/feline specialty), Vice-President of Medical Operations at VCA Canada
A study reviews if Lyme disease could be prevented utilizing tick prevention only. The isoxazoline family has revolutionized the way practitioners treat and prevent flea and tick infestations in our pets. Not only are they unwanted parasites, fleas and ticks are also vectors for many infectious diseases. Lyme disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, in some geographic regions, is a common tick-borne illness. Questions arise around “time to kill” for various products with regard to...