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Exploring how supplementing diets with bovine colostrum influences immune and gut function in kittens
A kitten faces many significant events during its early life including separation from its mother, re-homing, and vaccination. In addition, it must slowly adapt to its post-weaning diet. Recent advances in companion animal nutrition have indicated that colostrum can help support the immune system and gastrointestinal health. Perk up with your monthly shot of Vetspresso! In this episode, we look into a study published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science in August 2021 that investigated whether...
Exploring the clinical manifestations, epidemiology, treatment, and outcome of canine alveolar echinococcocis
Canine alveolar echinococcosis (AE) is a serious extraintestinal parasitic infection caused by Echinococcus multilocularis. It is a debilitating disease in dogs with a poor prognosis, especially if diagnosed late due to nonspecific signs and similarity to hepatic neoplasia. Diagnosed cases usually require lifelong treatments, putting an emotional and financial strain on dog owners and leading to concerns about animal welfare. Perk up with your monthly shot of Vetspresso! In this episode, we...
Exploring the associations of a nine-point body condition score with survival time and lifespan in cats
As defined by the World Health Organization, overweight and obesity are characterized by abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may pose a risk to health. In fact, several health conditions have been associated with overweight and obesity in cats, including oral disease, dermatological conditions, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, lower urinary tract conditions, and diabetes mellitus. Although the association between overweight and obesity and shortened lifespan has been demonstrated in...
Exploring the ability of cat owners to assess pain using the Feline Grimace Scale compared to veterinarians
Cats are known for hiding their pain and discomfort, but when observed closely, they can display certain signs that suggest they might be experiencing pain. The Feline Grimace Scale (FGS) was developed to assess acute pain in cats based on changes in their facial expressions. This reliable and easy-to-use tool can help improve feline pain management by supporting veterinary professionals in their treatment decisions as well as cat owners by encouraging early pain detection. Perk up with your...
Exploring spatial and temporal tick patterns as well as risk factors for companion animals across Canada
The expansion of tick species into higher latitudes in North America has been attributed to climate warming and other environmental changes. With increasing temperatures in Canada, the environment becomes more suitable for ticks, potentially implying more cases of tick-borne diseases. To support tick prevention, veterinary professionals should recognize the most common risk factors. Perk up with your monthly shot of Vetspresso! In this episode, we look into an article published in Tick and...
A growing number of pet owners are questioning if plant-based diets are more suitable for their beloved feline or canine simply because they believe these diets are healthier, more sustainable, and more ethical. However, many of these claims are unfounded and without any real scientific basis. For pet owners considering plant-based pet foods, it is important to understand the nutritional implications. Perk up with your monthly shot of Vetspresso! In this episode, we look into an article...
Cases of feline chronic enteropathy are frequently encountered in veterinary clinics. While antibiotics and immunosuppressive drugs are often used to treat affected cats, hydrolyzed diets may help resolve diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss associated with this condition. Perk up with your monthly shot of Vetspresso! In this episode, we look into an article published in the Wiley Online Library in September 2020, which reviewed medical records for gastrointestinal signs, prior and concurrent...
Exploring the use of FreeStyle Libre, a flash glucose monitoring system, in client-owned cats with diabetes mellitus
Diabetes mellitus is an extremely common diagnosis in cats. Though monitoring blood glucose is important for insulin adjustments, taking blood samples may be stressful for cats and their owners. Perk up with your monthly shot of Vetspresso! In this episode, we look into a study published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery in June 2020, which evaluated the practical use and clinical accuracy of a flash glucose monitoring system that measures interstitial glucose. Get your energizing...
Acute diarrhea is a common occurrence in dogs. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and self-limiting. However, some cases can be life threatening. As a result, it can be challenging for veterinary professionals to decide the best course of action, leading them to question whether to perform diagnostics and if antimicrobials are truly necessary. Perk up with your monthly shot of Vetspresso! In this episode, we look into an article published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science in July 2019,...