From print to practice, get the "so what?" behind published studies in engaging video segments featuring time-saving highlights.
Exploring the use of in vivo or in vitro testing to diagnose adverse food reactions in dogs and cats
Diagnosing adverse food reactions (AFR) in dogs and cats typically involves using elimination diets followed by provocation trials. However, preparing these special diets at home and monitoring changes during these trials can be demanding and time-consuming for pet owners, thereby making it challenging to ensure their compliance. Perk up with your monthly shot of Vetspresso! In this episode, we look into a literature review performed in September 2016 of a study published in BMC Veterinary...
Diabetes mellitus is the second most common endocrine disorder in cats. It is marked by inadequate insulin function, leading to symptoms like excessive thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, and increased appetite. Effective management and veterinary attention are crucial for addressing these feline health concerns. Perk up with your monthly shot of Vetspresso! In this episode, we look into a study published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine in April 2023 that tested the safety...
Urinalyses (UAs) represent an important diagnostic tool in first-line feline and canine practices. Veterinarians can decide to conduct these analyses through various methods, including in-house procedures or by outsourcing to external laboratories. Perk up with your monthly shot of Vetspresso! In this episode, we look into a study in which both Canadian and US veterinarians were surveyed to determine when, why, and how they perform urinalysis in their practice. 1,059 participants filled out...
Exploring the use of enriched therapeutic diets and nutraceuticals in canine and feline osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a prevalent musculoskeletal condition in pets. Since there is no definitive cure, veterinarians prioritize symptom management, resulting in a growing interest in recent years in investigating fortified diets and nutraceuticals as a complementary method for pain relief. Perk up with your monthly shot of Vetspresso! In this episode, we look into a study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences in September 2022 that presented a systematic review and...
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...