Scientific snapshots

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

DO RAW FOOD DIETS FOR PETS PRESENT A RISK TO THE HUMANS WHO HANDLE THEM?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

Despite the increasing popularity of raw food diets for pets, the benefits of this practice have not been proven in peer-reviewed studies. Quite the contrary, actually! In this Scientific Snapshot, Dr. Danny Joffe, VCA Canada National Medical Director, discusses the potential dangers of exposure to these diets for both pets and the humans who handle them, as well as the increased liability faced by veterinarians who promote or sell such products.

VETspresso: Energizing shots of actionable takeaways from Canadian research

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. LUCAS YURICEK

Get the “so what?” behind recently published papers in engaging, to-the-point videos.

Have you ever wished there was a way for you to zoom in on practice-relevant takeaways in veterinary journal articles without spending precious time you don’t have sifting through lengthy preambles, methodologies and procedures?

If so, you’re in the right place.

Welcome to VETSPRESSO, a unique new perk for CommuniVETTM members! Join us for energizing shots of actionable insights, presented in “how-this-applies-to-your-practice” videos featuring our congenial VETSPRESSO “barista,” Lucas Yuricek, DVM

CANADIAN DOG OWNERS’ USE AND PERCEPTIONS OF CANNABIS PRODUCTS

See the results of a Canadian study that delves into dog owner perceptions of pet cannabis products – revealing a need for veterinarians to appropriately counsel pet parents on its use.

IS OUTPATIENT TREATMENT A VIABLE OPTION FOR CATS WITH URETHRAL OBSTRUCTION?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

Intensive inpatient treatment of feline urethral obstruction (UO) can be quite costly for the owners of affected cat, and many patients are not able to be treated with the appropriate standard of care. This Scientific Snapshot prepared by Dr. Danny Joffe, National Medical Director of VCA Canada, highlights results of a study evaluating the recurrence of UO in patients treated intensively in hospital compared to cats treated on an outpatient basis.

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.