Recently published studies of pet foods, over-the-counter products, and medications are revealing that some of these products have more ingredients than are actually listed on their labels. The incomplete labels can be troublesome for veterinarians who are conducting dietary elimination trials with their patients.
Cases of osteoarthritis (OA) in pets have increased at an alarming rate in the past decade, and that increase corresponds with rising rates of obesity in companion animals.That’s the conclusion reached in Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2019 State of Pet Health Report.
The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine is now the fourth veterinary school in the country to boast positron emission tomography (PET) technology, a new technology used to detect cancer in dogs and cats. The PET scanner is the only veterinary PET scanner in Missouri, and is one of only a few in the country, according to a news release from the university. The scanner is unique because it requires minimal anesthesia and can be used as a powerful imaging tool to detect cancer in dogs and cats and determine whether the disease has spread. When combined with computed tomography (CT) scans, veterinary oncologists can co-register an abnormality, generating a three-dimensional image that shows both the metabolism of a growth as well as its size. According to a MU news release, a radiograph is limited because it can reveal that an animal has nodules in its lungs, but cannot determine whether those nodules are tumors or just scar tissue from old infections.
Veterinary professionals know the positive effects dogs have on families. A study now supports that with a unique demographic: families with autistic children. Researchers from the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom, thanks to a grant from the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), found that there was improved family functioning when families had a dog. The study was published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior Applications and Research on March 13.
At the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Conference in Orlando, Fla., this week, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), in collaboration with Bayer HealthCare Animal Health, released its findings on its Connecting with Today’s Clients (CTC): The Importance of Local, Timely Parasite Information Study.
A new Mayo Clinic study shows that many pet owners are severely underestimating the potential health risks of cat bites. The study reviewed 193 biting incidents from 2009 to 2011 and found that people often delay seeking treatment for cat bites, sometimes leading to significant health problems.
The effects of pet ownership on human mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic have been a bit of a mixed bag. Here's why.
A study published in the Aug. 1 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association looked at a small sampling of veterinary hospitals' use of electronic veterinary medical record (EVMR) systems. Despite the small sample size, the researchers came away with some big ideas about how the veterinary profession can better use EVMRs to improve animal health care.
For pet owners, a cancer diagnosis can be scary. But chemotherapy medications can help alleviate some of that fear, a new study suggests. A retrospective study, conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Kansas State University, found that vinorelbine, a chemotherapy medication, is effective in treating several types of malignant tumors in dogs. The study was published June 1 in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
If your clients complain that their feline pets are picky eaters, there may be a good reason for their behavior. At least, that's what a new study suggests. Researchers from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition and the University of Sydney in Australia found that cats can learn about the nutrient content of their food over time and then select foods to reach a target composition, overriding flavor. The study was published June 15 in Royal Society Open Science.