Increase your knowledge with this eclectic collection of science-focused snippets, articles, video summaries and papers aimed at keeping you in the picture!
Dr. Tara Edwards, a veterinary pain practitioner through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, reviews the American Animal Hospital Association’s most recent Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. She summarizes updates from the 2015 guidelines and discusses behavioural signs and changes that can help with pain recognition. She provides examples of validated Clinical Metrology Instruments used for screening, diagnosing and monitoring pain over time. She reviews flow...
Dr. Charlie Pye, a board-certified veterinary dermatologist currently practicing at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, shares best practices in treatment and management of otitis externa. She provides an overview of primary, secondary, predisposing and perpetuating factors involved in otitis development. She reviews appropriate treatment options based on cytology findings. She also provides answers to common questions, such as when to perform a deep ear flush or a...
Monitoring blood pressure in feline patients can be challenging in clinical practice. In this second video on feline hypertension, Dr. Kelly St. Denis shares her tips and tricks with Dr. Karren Prost. She provides practical guidance on how to reduce the risk of situational hypertension and false positive diagnoses, avoid stressors in the examination room and account for anti-anxiety medications in readings. Dr. St. Denis advises on how to incorporate blood pressure monitoring in busy clinical...
Many feline hypertensive patients remain undiagnosed and undertreated. Dr. Kelly St. Denis shares her blood pressure monitoring recommendations with Dr. Karren Prost, to help identify these patients and prevent irreversible target organ damage. Dr. St. Denis reviews areas of target organ damage associated with hypertension and predisposing conditions and medications. She also highlights common clinical situations that warrant blood pressure monitoring, and discusses the optimal frequency of...
As co-author of the 2022 ISFM Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Acute Pain in Cats, Dr. Paulo Steagall summarizes the highlights of this recent publication on the assessment and treatment of acute pain in cats. He presents useful tools and treatment options. He also identifies confounding factors that may affect some case assessments as well as unusual behaviours to recognize in a cat that is feeling in pain. He concludes with a list of things to consider when building an acute pain...
In this video, Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe shares her passion for pet nutrition as she reviews the 2021 AAHA Nutrition and Weight Management Guidelines for dogs and cats. Based on these new guidelines, she discusses the importance of screening, nutritional history, and physical examination, among other steps to consider when assessing a pets’ condition and communicating nutritional recommendations to clients.
In this Scientific Snapshot, Dr. Jinelle Webb discusses how the AAHA Canine life stage guidelines can help to establish a framework for managing appointments with senior dogs. She talks about some of the topics to address with pet parents that are very important in the senior dog stage, including frequency of analyses, quality of life, occult diseases, education and compliance, diet, and more. Dr. Webb also insists on the importance of involving all members of the veterinary team in the...
In this Scientific Snapshot, Dr. Kelly St. Denis discusses how the 2021 AAHA/AAFP Feline Life Stage Guidelines can help veterinary clinics to offer up-to-date and age appropriate medical care in a cat-friendly setting. She also mentions some important advice veterinary teams can give clients in terms of at-home kitten care, nutrition, vaccination and parasite prevention.