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!

Content presented by Angelina Johnstone, RVT
Many things have changed over the years regarding how feline patients are handled at the clinic and what to do to make kitty as comfortable as possible. In this Scientific Snapshot, Registered Veterinary Technologist, Angelina Johnstone shares her Top 5 tips on low-stress handling for cats. In this video, she provides advice on different techniques to create a more enjoyable in-clinic experience for everyone concerned, especially kitty. From syringe selection, blanket use, and cat...
Content prepared by Danny Joffe, DVM, Dipl. ABVP Emeritus (canine/feline), Vice-President of Medical Operations at VCA Canada
Veterinarians have been shown in multiple studies to have a higher suicide rate than other professions. Peer-reviewed studies in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Norway have shown this in those jurisdictions. An older study published in 1982 evaluating male American veterinarians from 1947 to 1977 revealed a suicide rate 1.7 times that of the rest of the US population. The study reviewed in this Scientific Snapshot re-evaluates the suicide rate among US veterinarians in more recent times. No...
Content prepared by Danny Joffe, DVM, Dipl. ABVP Emeritus (canine/feline), Vice-President of Medical Operations at VCA Canada
A recent study evaluated the efficacy and safety of sarolaner in the treatment of Otodectes cynotis infestations in dogs Otodectes cynotis, commonly referred to as ear mites, cause otitis in dogs, and occasionally dermatitis of the head, neck and other areas. Treatment can include topical otic medications, though systemic therapy is often ideal to allow for the management of non-otic lesions. Parasiticides in the isoxazoline family are primarily utilized for flea and tick infestations, but the...
Content presented by Carly Moody, MSc, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow in animal behaviour and welfare
Many cats show signs of fear and aggression during handling and restraint. In this Scientific Snapshot, Carly Moody, MSc, PhD, discusses the effects of fear on veterinary examinations as well as the benefits associated with low-stress handling. In this video, she summarizes her findings related to assessing negative cat responses to various types of restraint using validated behavioural and physiological measures.
Content presented by Céline Leheurteux, DVM
The well-being of their faithful companions during end-of-life care is absolutely paramount for pet owners. In this Scientific Snapshot, Dr. Céline Leheurteux, creator of Euthabag®, examines why sedation should be part of the euthanasia process. Among other things, she discusses practice standards, the two-injection technique and the benefits of sedation. She also shares magic protocols to make the experience as pleasant as possible. To claim 1 CE credit, watch this Scientific Snapshot (10...
Content prepared by Danny Joffe, DVM, Dipl. ABVP Emeritus (canine/feline), Vice-President of Medical Operations at VCA Canada
Study shows that the application of Feline Interdigital Semiochemical (FIS) has significant potential to help clients with cats that scratch inappropriately without resorting to negative reinforcement. Inappropriate scratching behaviour in cats is one of the most common causes of pet relinquishment to humane societies, or for the consideration of “declawing” procedures. Behavioural modifications, often involving negative reinforcement, are commonly utilized to attempt to minimize feline...
Content presented by Adronie Verbrugghe, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVCN
In this video, Dr. Verbrugghe talks about the prevalence of pet feeding practices, nutritional considerations, and some commercial plant-based foods available on the market, to help veterinarians in providing information to clients who inquire about feeding this type of diet to their pets.
Content prepared by Younès Chorfi, DVM, PhD
In this Scientific Snapshot, Dr. Younès Chorfi summarizes a journal article (Davies RH et al. Raw diets for dogs and cats: a review, with particular reference to microbiological hazards. J Small Anim Pract. 2019 Jun;60(6):329-339), with reference to the microbiological hazards associated to feeding a raw diet to dogs and cats. Feeding products containing raw meat to dogs and cats has become markedly more popular in recent years among pet owners in many developed countries. A large,...
Content prepared by Jo-Annie Letendre, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC
Gastrointestinal protectants, such as omeprazole, famotidine, misoprostol, and sucralfate, are commonly administered to pets. However, despite their widespread use, guidelines have yet to be established in terms of prescribing these drugs, making overuse a commonplace. In an article published in the August 2018 issue of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the authors describe how gastrointestinal protectants are used in pets and provide guidelines to encourage the rational...