Scientific snapshots

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

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.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF USING AN ANXIOLYTIC IN CATS PRIOR TO VISITING A VETERINARY CLINIC?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

Why do cats visit veterinary clinics much less frequently than dogs? What can be done to help the situation and make sure cats visit their clinic as often as dogs do? Dr. Danny Joffe, VCA Canada National Medical Director, summarizes a recent study evaluating the effects of a single preappointment dose of gabapentin on signs of stress in cats during transportation and veterinary examination.

LOCAL QUEBEC VETERINARY SPECIALISTS PARTICIPATE IN THE VIRIES INTERNATIONAL MEETING

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT BY DRS. CATHERINE VACHON AND MARILYN DUNN

Drs. Catherine Vachon and Marilyn Dunn from the CHUV, and part of their team, attended this year’s annual Veterinary Interventional Radiology and Interventional Endoscopy Society meeting. They presented three retrospective studies conducted at the veterinary hospital, and participated in interactive sessions, panel discussions, and more, to contribute to the advancement of veterinary interventional medicine. Watch this video, as the doctors discuss their experience and summarize the content of the studies they presented.

THE EMERGING THREAT OF ECHINOCOCCUS MULTILOCULARIS

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

In this Scientific Snapshot, Dr. Danny Joffee, VCA Canada National Medical Director, reviews an eye-opening recent study evaluating the growing prevalence of Echinococcus multilocularis in wild canids in Ontario – a province that had previously been considered free of this parasite – and the relevance of these findings to human and animal health.

Dr. Nigel Gumley talks about the recently published ISCAID guidelines regarding bacterial urinary tract infections in cats and dogs

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT BY DR. NIGEL GUMLEY

Watch Dr. Nigel Gumley, Canadian veterinarian and Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline), as he talks about the recently published INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR COMPANION ANIMAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES (ISCAID) guidelines for the diagnosis and management of bacterial urinary tract infections in dogs and cats. In this video, he explains why these guidelines were created, what information is available in the document, and how practical these guidelines are for practitioners.

TALKING ABOUT END-OF-LIFE CARE AND EUTHANASIA IS NOT EASY. ARE YOU AND YOUR CLIENTS ON THE SAME PAGE?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT BY DR. CÉLINE LEHEURTEUX

Do your conversations about end-of-life care focus on your clients' needs? In this Scientific Snapshot, Dr. Céline Leheurteux summarizes the findings of a recent study that assesses how veterinarians and clients perceive the quality of their communications when discussing end-of-life and euthanasia.