Increase your knowledge with this eclectic collection of science-focused snippets, articles, video summaries and papers aimed at keeping you in the picture!
Watch this video, as Kelly St. Denis, MSc, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (feline) and AAFP President, discusses some of the differences between the 2020 and 2008 editions of the AAFP Feline Retrovirus Guidelines, as well as the developing knowledge regarding FeLV and FIV. She also points out how practitioners can use these guidelines within their practice and the main point they need to consider regarding the retrovirus in cats. RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE VIDEO
Study finds no significant differences in outcomes between the two treatment groups The study reviewed in this Scientific Snapshot (Ortiz V, et al. Evaluating the effect of metronidazole plus amoxicillin-clavulanate versus amoxicillin-clavulanate alone in canine hemorrhagic diarrhea: A randomized controlled study in primary care practice) evaluated, in the general practice setting, if two antibiotics were better than one in treating patients with hemorrhagic diarrhea. Patients were enrolled...
Is wearable technology more effective than human observation at detecting pruritic behaviour in dogs?
Wearable technology is commonly utilized by people to monitor levels of exercise and physical activity. Similar technology is available for dogs and has been used to monitor pet activity. From a medical standpoint, these devices have been utilized to measure activity levels post surgery, and pain management in patients with osteoarthritis. Pruritus is a hallmark of allergic skin disease. Most studies in dermatology evaluating the degree of pruritus are based on owner-monitored systems such as...
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.
A study comparing once daily torasemide to twice daily furosemide Patients in congestive heart failure require multimodal therapy. A cornerstone of this therapy is the use of a strong diuretic. Furosemide is the diuretic recommended for canine patients in congestive heart failure according to the 2009 ACVIM consensus statement. Torasemide, like furosemide, is a strong loop diuretic. Torasemide has a longer half-life than furosemide (8 hours vs. 2 hours), as well as a longer duration of action...
Study evaluates complication rates and progression-free survival times associated with commonly recommended treatments Mammary tumours in cats are most often malignant. Eighty percent of feline mammary masses are adenocarcinomas, and this neoplastic process is typically very aggressive in nature. “Lumpectomy” is not recommended in cases of feline mammary adenocarcinoma. Unilateral or bilateral full-chain (or “radical”) mastectomy is most commonly recommended. This Scientific Snapshot...
A recent study confirms that high-phosphorus diets may have adverse effects on kidney function parameters in healthy cats It is well accepted that phosphorus-restricted diets are beneficial for patients with underlying renal disease. Studies have shown that feline patients suffering from chronic renal disease live longer when fed diets restricted in phosphorus content. Studies in humans, dogs and rats have confirmed that high phosphorus diets can lead to renal disease (phosphate nephritis) in...
Updated canine life stage guidelines lend a basis for more effective health monitoring & disease prevention
For the best chance at increasing longevity, each dog should have an individualized healthcare strategy in place to monitor for diseases as the pet matures. In this video, Dr. Jinelle Webb, DVM, MSc, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM (SAIM), discusses how veterinary practices can help develop that strategy using the latest version of the AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines as a framework – and points out notable updates to the life stage definitions that better reflect the newest research and approaches to...
How often do dog owners overfeed their pets due to inaccurate measuring, and could their measuring devices be to blame? A recent Canadian study examined the rate of accuracy from dog owners measuring kibble for their pets testing three of the most commonly used commercial scoops – and lends suggestions for the most accurate measuring approaches. We’ve formulated a downloadable infographic outlining the key messages for you. Get the scoop on the study results by downloading our infographic...