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!

2021-08-13
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, DVM, MSc, DES, Dipl. ACVAA
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 practice)
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 Emeritus (canine/feline), 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...
2021-04-08
Content prepared by Victoria Wagner, V.M. (MSc candidate) | Christopher Fernandez-Prada, DVM, MSc, PhD
Canadian veterinarians are more frequently being entrusted with caring for pets brought in from around the world or are called upon to protect those that travel regularly with their owners. While much of this care is routine, one serious concern may slip through the cracks: exotic diseases. Leishmania, a zoonotic parasite transmitted through sandfly bites, is one such disease that is especially worrisome. This neglected tropical disease is endemic to 98 countries and territories1. Though it is...
2021-03-04
Content presented by Kelly St. Denis, MSc, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (feline practice)
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
2021-02-11
Content prepared by Danny Joffe, DVM, Dipl. ABVP Emeritus (canine/feline), Vice-President of Medical Operations at VCA Canada
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...
2020-12-16
Content prepared by Danny Joffe, DVM, Dipl. ABVP Emeritus (canine/feline), Vice-President of Medical Operations at VCA Canada
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...
2020-11-12
Jocelyn Anne Mason, DVM
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.