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Kidney, Bone Marrow Transplant Procedure Successful without Ongoing Drugs
How do you differentiate between a feline head injury and an odd-shaped feline skull? A new study offers some insights. Researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and International Cat Care and the Animal Health Trust in the United Kingdom concluded that recognizing morphological variations in the feline cerebellum and occipital bone can avoid false positive diagnoses of raised intracranial pressure and pathological herniation on MRIs. The study was published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery on Nov. 8.
Endoscopy enables a health professional to view a patient's digestive tract nonsurgically. Available for some time for humans, it is now available for veterinary patients. Ohio State University (OSU) announced the availability of a novel endoscopy tool in the form of a 1½ cm pill that encloses a compact, high-resolution camera. Veterinarians can now fully analyze an animal’s gastrointestinal tract, using it. The announcement was made June 23. OSU’s Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) adopted the tool in 2015.
Cats reach the geriatric life stage at the age of 15, but it is not unusual for them to live to late teens and even into their 20s, notes International Cat Care, a U.K. based nonprofit formerly known as the Feline Advisory Bureau. Given their long lives, what does healthy aging for a cat look like? A group of experts sought to define that. The July issue of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) is devoted to feline healthy aging.
A new, minimally invasive approach to nasolacrimal obstructions has shown promise in equine and canine patients, but until recently, had not been performed successfully in a feline patient. That is no longer the case. On Jan. 6, the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) announced the success of a surgery to permanently reopen the left eye duct of an eight-year-old female domestic shorthair cat by removing obstructions and temporarily stenting the left nasolacrimal passage.
Over the years, researchers have explored various non-surgical options to spay and neuter surgery but as yet, have not come up with a viable option. (NEWStat reported on some of these options previously.) But a new player may be emerging. Researchers from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena have developed an intramuscular injection that results in long-term infertility in male and female mice, and which could have future implications for cats and dogs. Results were published on Oct. 5 in Current Biology.
Like humans, our feline counterparts experience stress. And it happens, as you’d guess, from the same triggers: change, conflict, and a feeling of having little control over a situation. But stress is manageable. And new data, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery on June 22 by the School of Veterinary Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in Spain, shows how. It outlines the causes and cures of stress in owned cats.
The accidental death of a family pet that was anesthetized during surgery is causing Colorado to take a closer look at its policy of not requiring veterinary assistants to be licensed.
Research Aims to Unravel Glaucoma Mysteries in Companion Animals