Scientific snapshots

Increase your knowledge with this eclectic collection of science-focused snippets, articles, summaries and papers aimed at keeping you in the picture!  

HOW EFFICACIOUS AND PRACTICAL IS INJECTABLE CYCLOSPORINE FOR THE TREATMENT OF ALLERGIC SKIN DISEASE IN CATS?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

Gastrointestinal side effects of orally administered cyclosporine limit the use of this drug in some feline patients. What other options do cat owners have for treatment of allergic skin disease? Dr. Danny Joffe, VCA Canada National Medical Director, summarizes a recent study revealing that the use of cyclosporine given by subcutaneous injection can improve lesion scores and pruritus levels in cats with allergic dermatitis.

TOP 5 TIPS ON LOW-STRESS HANDLING FOR CATS

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY ANGELINA JOHNSTONE, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technologist, Angelina Johnstone shares her Top 5 tips on low-stress handling for cats.

WHY IS THE SUICIDE RATE HIGH IN VETERINARIANS AS COMPARED TO OTHER PROFESSIONS?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

There are many theories as to why veterinarians have been shown to have a high suicide rate. But what does the research demonstrate as the most common triggers that may lead to veterinary suicide? Dr. Danny Joffe, VCA Canada National Medical Director, summarizes a recent study confirming that American veterinarians are significantly more prone to death via suicide than the general population, which includes findings that can be loosely extrapolated from this US study to Canada.

ISOXAZOLINES: EFFECTIVE AGAINST FLEAS, TICKS... AND EAR MITES?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

Parasiticides in the isoxazoline family, primarily used for the management of fleas and ticks, have also been found to be efficacious against other parasitic infestations. This Scientific Snapshot by Dr. Danny Joffe, VCA Canada National Medical Director, presents the results of a recent study in which parasitological cure rates for sarolaner-treated dogs were significantly higher than those for dogs treated with moxidectin/imidacloprid.

EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING CAT HANDLING AND RESTRAINT

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED 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.

PRE-EUTHANASIA SEDATION: WINNING PROTOCOLS!

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. CÉLINE LEHEURTEUX

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.

CAN INAPPROPRIATE FELINE SCRATCHING BEHAVIOUR BE DECREASED?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

One of the most common causes of cat owners requesting “declawing” procedures and of cat relinquishment to humane societies is inappropriate scratching behaviour. What can be done to try and encourage scratching of an appropriate surface so that fewer cats are declawed or relinquished? Dr. Danny Joffe, VCA Canada National Medical Director, summarizes a recent study revealing that the use of a synthetic feline pheromone has significant potential to help clients with cats that scratch inappropriately without resorting to negative reinforcement.

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING TO FEED A PLANT-BASED DIET TO DOGS AND CATS

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT BY DR. ADRONIE VERBRUGGHE

Meat avoidance is a growing phenomenon in many developed countries worldwide and is becoming increasingly prevalent in the pet-keeping population. Dr. Adronie Verbrugghe, Associate Professor and Royal Canin Endowed Chair in canine and feline clinical nutrition at the Ontario Veterinary College, reviews various aspects related to feeding a plant-based diet to companion animals.

IS RAW FOOD SAFE FOR CATS AND DOGS?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT BY DR. YOUNÈS CHORFI

This summary written by Dr. Younès Chorfi, associate professor at the Department of veterinary biomedicine of the University of Montreal, explains the microbiological hazards associated to feeding a raw diet to dogs and cats.

ACVIM CONSENSUS STATEMENT: SUPPORT FOR RATIONAL ADMINISTRATION OF GASTROINTESTINAL PROTECTANTS TO DOGS AND CATS

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT BY DR. JO-ANNIE LETENDRE

Despite widespread use of gastrointestinal (GI) protectants in pets, there are no guidelines available in terms of prescribing these drugs. As a result, GI protectants are overused in companion animal practice. In this Scientific Snapshot, Dr. Letendre presents a summary of the 2018 ACVIM consensus statement: Support for rational administration of gastrointestinal protectants to dogs and cats, about the best practice use of GI protectants in pets. A summary table comparing the various agents available is also presented.