Scientific snapshots

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

VETSPRESSO: Perk up with additional pain assessment knowledge based on cats’ facial expressions

In this month’s VETSPRESSO, we look into an investigation validating a more practical pain assessment tool to help evaluate response to analgesics for cats by using a Feline Grimace Scale. This paper explains how pain is assessed in cats based on their facial expressions. The information provided will be useful in hospitalized patients with acute pain, which makes this scale a potential practical tool in both research and clinical settings.

Get your energizing shots of insightful information in our to-the-point video featuring our VETSPRESSO “barista”, Lucas Yuricek, DVM, and find out how the scale can be used by veterinarians and technicians to establish more consistent ways to assess pain in cats, and provide them with analgesics whenever necessary.

WHICH SURGICAL APPROACH IS THE TREATMENT OF CHOICE FOR FELINE PATIENTS WITH MAMMARY ADENOCARCINOMA?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

In this Scientific Snapshot, Dr. Danny Joffe, National Medical Director of VCA Canada, reviews the results of a multi-institutional retrospective study assessing outcomes in cats with mammary adenocarcinoma following unilateral, staged bilateral, or single-session bilateral mastectomy.

VETSPRESSO: Perk up with some evidence-based wellness initiatives to overcome burnout

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. LUCAS YURICEK

Do you know someone who has left the veterinary profession due to burnout or have you ever thought of leaving yourself?

If so, don’t miss this month’s VETSPRESSO, as we look into an investigation on burnout syndrome in veterinary technicians working in specialty hospitals. This research paper outlines what burnout actually is and points out some evidence-based initiatives that can be taken to overcome it.

Get your energizing shots of actionable insights and find out how to apply these to your practice in our to-the-point video featuring our VETSPRESSO “barista”, Lucas Yuricek, DVM.

DO HIGH-PHOSPHORUS DIETS CONTRIBUTE TO RENAL DYSFUNCTION IN CATS?

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY DR. DANNY JOFFE

A study has shown decreased renal function in normal cats fed diets containing five times the maintenance levels of phosphorus – i.e., levels similar to those found in many commercial feline diets (especially canned diets). This Scientific Snapshot prepared by Dr. Danny Joffe, National Medical Director of VCA Canada, summarizes a recent study that further evaluated the effect of high dietary phosphorus levels on feline renal function.

UPDATED CANINE LIFE STAGE GUIDELINES LEND A BASIS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE HEALTH MONITORING & DISEASE PREVENTION

SCIENTIFIC SNAPSHOT PREPARED BY JINELLE WEBB, DVM, MSc, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM (SAIM)

Jinelle Webb, DVM, MSc, DVSc, Dipl. ACVIM (SAIM), discusses recent changes to the AAHA Life Stage Guidelines, and the advantages of using life stages in veterinary practices as a framework for developing a preventive healthcare strategy for each individual patient.

DOG OWNER MEASURING ACCURACY PUT TO THE TEST USING COMMERCIAL SCOOPS

A recent Canadian study revealed many dog owners may accidentally overfeed their pets due to inaccuracies that occur using commercial measuring devices.

Get the scoop on the study results by downloading our infographic poster outlining the key findings and take home messages.

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.