Synbiotic Action: Combining Probiotic Bacteria and Prebiotic Fibre to Support Companion Animal Health

FEATURING: Julie K. Spears, PhD

In this presentation, Dr. Spears reviews the importance of intestinal bacteria on the maintenance of digestive health. She also evaluates the use of probiotics to modulate immune health as well as to improve fecal quality and dietary modulation of intestinal bacteria - using prebiotics and prebiotic fibers - to maintain gastrointestinal health in dogs and cats. In addition, she discusses the benefits of synbiotics and current research supporting FortiFlora® SA (Enterococcus faecium SF68 and psyllium).

Please note that this webcast is approved by the SVMA, SAVT, NBVMA, NSVMA, OAVT, BCVTA, OMVQ and ATSAQ for 1 CE credit.


The economic feasibility of endoscopy for the small animal general veterinary practice


Join us on Thursday, July 8th at 3 p.m. (EDT).

Have you thought about using endoscopy in your veterinary practice? If so, here’s your chance to explore the economic value of offering endoscopy in a small animal general veterinary practice.

In this presentation, Dr. Brian Evans will review the evidence-based benefits of laparoscopy for the patient and the small animal general veterinary practice, including the use of rigid endoscopy to perform laparoscopic surgery.

During this webcast, he will look into the following topics:

  • Overview of rigid endoscopy for surgical and diagnostic procedures
  • Endoscopy equipment set up costs
  • Marketing to maximize return on investment
  • Building client value through technology enhancements

ACVIM Consensus statement on Lyme disease and its relevance to Canada

FEATURING: Andrew S. Peregrine, BVMS, PhD, DVM, Dipl. EVPC, Dipl. ACVM

Join us on Tuesday, June 29th at 3 p.m. (EDT).

In this presentation, parasitology specialist Dr. Andrew Peregrine will review the most current information available on the risk of ticks and tick-borne diseases in companion animals across Canada, as well as the recommendations from the 2018 ACVIM consensus statement on Lyme disease in dogs and cats, including:

  • the utility of routine screening;
  • the management of seropositive animals;
  • prevention strategies.
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New concepts in canine epilepsy management


In this new and updated webcast on the nutritional management of canine epilepsy, Dr. Volk discusses the management of canine epileptic patients, the quality of life of both owners and their pets, as well as the advancements in our understanding of how diet can affect seizure control.


Skin scrapes and sangria: Dermatology happy hour

FEATURING: Charlie Pye, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVD and Stephen Waisglass, BSc, DVM, CerSAD, Dipl. ACVD

You might be thinking: "Oh no! Not another itchy dog; I hate summer!"

Have no fear, there are ways to prepare for the itchy season!

During this case-based interactive discussion, Dr. Charlie Pye and Dr. Stephen Waisglass will look into some skin infections or reactions commonly found in dermatology patients during the itchy season. They will also talk about possible causes, differential diagnoses, diagnostic and treatment recommendations, and much more.

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Approach to weight loss and poor appetite in cats

FEATURING: Jessica M. Quimby, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM

Weight loss and poor appetite are common clinical signs of acute and chronic illness in feline patients. To ensure optimal care, it is important to include nutrition as a key part of the therapeutic plan.

In this presentation, internationally renowned internal medicine specialist, Dr. Jessica M. Quimby will discuss:

  • strategies for nutritional assessment and management of weight loss and appetite in feline patients; and,
  • the use of mirtazapine in a newly veterinary-approved transdermal presentation indicated for body weight
    gain in cats with a poor appetite and experiencing weight loss.

Demystifying pharmaceutical compounding

FEATURING: Danny Joffe, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (canine/feline practice) and Sebastian Denison, BSc (microbiology/chemistry), BSc (pharmacy), RPh, FAARM (candidate)

When used according to the therapeutic decision cascade for animal and public safety, compounded medications can provide effective treatments for veterinary patients.

In this presentation, our two speakers will share valuable information regarding the judicious use of compounding. They will also discuss the benefits that these products can provide if approved veterinary drugs are not available or if their format is not appropriate for patients.

Hosted by Dr. Craig Mosley, National Medical Director of Specialty Medicine at VCA Canada, this webcast will feature:

  • a 15-minute presentation by Dr. Danny Joffe, Vice President of Medical Operations at VCA Canada;
  • a 15-minute presentation by Sebastian Denison, Pharmacy Consulting Specialist at PCCA;
  • a 30-minute open Q & A discussion.
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The mystery of the allergic cat!

FEATURING: Frédéric Sauvé, DVM, MSc, DES, Dipl. ACVD

Why are there so many different clinical manifestations in allergic cats? Also, though cats can suffer from allergies, they themselves can also be a source of allergens for other species, especially dogs. What exactly do we know about this? In this presentation, Dr. Sauvé provides an overview of the specificities of feline allergology and its therapeutic approach.


Probiotic therapy: The gut and beyond

FEATURING: Callie Harris, DVM

Probiotics are live bacterial supplements that can benefit the host animal by modifying its intestinal microbial balance. This balance is an important factor in regulating immune function and general GI health. It may also play a role in behaviour modification, specifically anxiety, through the gut-brain axis. In this webcast, Dr. Harris describes the characteristics of a safe and effective probiotic while explaining when and how to use such supplements. The research presented demonstrates how an appropriate probiotic supplement can modify the GI microbiome to improve immune function, resolve clinical signs of GI disease, and alleviate clinical signs of canine anxiety.

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