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!

3:30 min
Content prepared by Danny Joffe, DVM, Dipl. ABVP Emeritus (canine/feline), Vice-President of Medical Operations at VCA Canada
Cats are very susceptible to stress hyperglycemia, making in-clinic blood glucose curves potentially unhelpful. Accurate curves can be obtained for calm cats either in clinic or by clients at home. Results from stressed or “spicy” cats can be difficult, or impossible, to interpret. Spot glucose checks, or assessment of urine glucose levels are rarely beneficial in managing a diabetic cat and can be very misrepresentative. Many pet parents are unable to perform at-home blood glucose curves....
8:35 min
Content presented by Sydney DeWinter, BSc (Honours), MSc, PhD student (under the supervision of Dr. Katie Clow, DVM, PhD)
Watch this video as Sydney DeWinter, a PhD student in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, talks about the highlights from a recent study she conducted. She presents her research and results regarding tick preferential attachment sites and differences between tick species attachment preferences.
11:45 min
Content presented by Janice Huntingford, DVM, MS-TCVM, Dipl. ACVSMR, CVA, CVPP, CCRT CAVCA
Watch this video as Dr. Janice L. Huntingford discusses the 2023 AAHA Senior care guidelines for dogs and cats. She outlines recommendations that can help clinics develop personalized care for senior pets tailored to their specific needs, including in-clinic approaches, treatment options, and pain management with the objective of improving senior care and patient quality of life.
9:16 min
Content presented by Karren Prost, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM
Watch this video, as Dr. Karren Prost discusses the results of a recent survey of Canadian veterinarians conducted by CommuniVET™ that explores feline hypertension diagnostics and treatment practices among Canadian veterinarians and identifies barriers to recommending blood pressure monitoring in senior feline patients (>7 years). Want to learn more about feline hypertension? Watch this interview with feline specialist Dr. Kelly St. Denis as she discusses with Dr. Prost when is blood...
13:25 min
Content presented by Michelle Evason, BSc, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (SAIM)
Watch this video as Dr. Michelle Evason discusses the highlights presented in this recent publication. These guidelines were developed by a task force of veterinary experts and provide veterinarians with essential information to assist them in recognizing cats presenting with feline infectious peritonitis and developing an appropriate diagnosis.
2:00 min
Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) represent a heterogeneous group of tumors, with varying mesenchymal cell origin, size and histological grade. Large soft tissue sarcomas pose a surgical challenge due to feasibility of excision and are often dismissed as good surgical candidates due to an anticipated poor prognosis. The aim of this retrospective study ( was to evaluate the long-term outcome of dogs that underwent surgical excision of large...
09:42 min
Content presented by Andrea Marchegiani, DVM, PhD
Watch this video, as Dr. Andrea Marchegiani talks about fluorescent light energy (FLE) as a new treatment option to manage skin conditions in dogs. He also shares outcomes regarding cases of deep pyoderma and interdigital furunculosis successfully managed using FLE. Finally, he compares the results demonstrated with biweekly and weekly applications.
03:00 min
Content prepared by Danny Joffe, DVM, Dipl. ABVP Emeritus (canine/feline), Vice-President of Medical Operations at VCA Canada
Intestinal foreign bodies are common in dogs and cats. Most foreign bodies need to be surgically removed, most often via either an enterotomy or an intestinal resection and anastomosis. The decision as to which surgical technique to use is based on surgical exploration and evaluation of the appearance and apparent viability of the affected loop(s) of bowel. Older studies in veterinary medicine quoted dehiscence rates between 8.8–15.4% in patients undergoing resection and anastomosis. A study...
02:30 min
Content prepared by Danny Joffe, DVM, Dipl. ABVP Emeritus (canine/feline), Vice-President of Medical Operations at VCA Canada
The use of trazodone hydrochloride has become very popular to help manage several behavioural issues in dogs, including separation anxiety, storm phobia, compulsive disorders, travel phobia, and facilitation of confinement following orthopedic surgery. Trazodone is a serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor and has a wide safety margin at doses of 1.9–16.2 mg/kg/day. The most common side effects noted in dogs include vomiting, gagging, colitis, increased excitement, sedation, increased...