Scientific snapshots

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

2020 AAFP FELINE RETROVIRUS TESTING AND MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. KELLY ST. DENIS

Dr. Kelly St. Denis explains how the updated edition of the AAFP feline retrovirus guidelines should be considered as the go-to paper for all the latest information on feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infections.

DENTAL DISEASE IN CATS: Cat-friendly tips for thorough feline dental exams

GET THE LATEST SCOOP ON FELINE DENTAL CARE! Dental disease is very common in cats. And, by two years of age, as many as 70% of cats may already experience periodontal disease.

In this month’s edition of THE KITTY INSIDER, Dr. Kelly St. Denis offers practical advice and recommendations on how to perform thorough cat-friendly oral examinations in feline patients.

VETSPRESSO: Perk up with some insight into how to potentially predict congestive heart failure in dogs

Is it possible to see congestive heart failure coming in dogs?

In this month’s VETSPRESSO, we look into a recent study investigating the two significant variables that change the most in the months leading up to congestive heart failure and how to educate clients on ways to monitor their dogs at home.

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.

ARE TWO ANTIBIOTICS BETTER THAN ONE IN TREATING ACUTE HEMORRHAGIC DIARRHEA IN DOGS?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

Antibiotics are often utilized in cases of acute hemorrhagic diarrhea in dogs (and in many cases of non-hemorrhagic diarrhea). Metronidazole, which is commonly utilized in cases of canine diarrhea, is an important antibiotic in human medicine and is a first line drug in managing Clostridium difficile. Resistance to metronidazole has been reported in dogs with both C. difficile and C. perfringens.

New Year's resolutions gone mad: Weight management and obesity in the cat

Statistics show that 30 to 50% of cats in North America are obese.

This is why diet, weight management, and obesity prevention should be top-of-mind when initiating conversations with cat owners during their favourite feline’s preventative care or senior biannual visit.

In this month’s edition of THE KITTY INSIDER, Dr. Kelly St. Denis, offers practical advice and recommendations for weight management and obesity prevention in cats.

VETSPRESSO: Perk up with some insight into unconventional approaches in pet nutrition

Do you find it difficult to fit in discussions about nutritional choices with pet owners during your consultations?

As homemade and raw diets are on the rise, don’t miss this month’s VETSPRESSO, as we look into two studies that provide insight into the increase in popularity of these unconventional approaches to pet nutrition.

Get your energizing shots of actionable insights and find out what can be done differently during consultation times in your practice in our to-the-point video featuring our VETSPRESSO “barista”, Lucas Yuricek, DVM.

IS WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY MORE EFFECTIVE THAN HUMAN OBSERVATION AT DETECTING PRURITIC BEHAVIOUR IN DOGS?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

Pruritus has a significant effect on the quality of life of pets and their owners. Accurate and quantifiable measures of pruritus are needed to provide more timely medical assessments and decisions. This Scientific Snapshot prepared by Dr. Danny Joffe, Vice-President of Medical Operations for VCA Canada, presents the results of a study evaluating the ability of wearable sensors and algorithms to objectively assess pruritic behaviour in dogs.

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.