Time Out: rabies researchers assess new, long-lasting vaccine
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A recent survey suggests healthcare facilities should standardize their guidelines for safety when it comes to therapy animals. Researchers from the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction at Tufts University surveyed eldercare facilities, hospitals, and therapy animal organizations on their existing policies related to animal-assisted intervention (AAI) programs.
AAHA teamed up with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) to release the AAHA/AAFP Fluid Therapy Guidelines for Dogs and Cats on May 1.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is pleased to release its newly revised Canine Vaccination Guidelines.
Feline calicivirus (FCV) is a RNA virus that affects both domestic and exotic cats. Some of the clinical symptoms often associated with FCV include upper respiratory tract disease (URTD), oral ulcerations and salivation, and limping syndrome. But there are ways to reduce the chances of FCV, according to a new study. Swiss researchers studied both healthy cats and cats suspected of having FCV (FCV-suspect cats) to identify the frequency of FCV and potential risks and protective measures against FCV. Their findings were published in BMC Veterinary Research on Nov. 15.
AAHA recently published its revised 2013 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Cats and Dogs, which incorporate the latest dental research and best practices to help animal hospitals provide optimal dental care for patients.
With less than six percent of dogs and cats under cardiopulmonary arrest surviving to hospital discharge, key stakeholders in emergency and critical care are standardizing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines in an effort to save lives. Previously, no standardized CPR guidelines or training have existed in veterinary medicine. Over the last 18 months, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) partnered to form the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) initiative. The project took the work of over 100 board-certified veterinary specialists from around the world. The team of volunteers was tasked with reviewing experimental and clinical evidence and creating evidence-based CPR guidelines for dogs and cats. According to ACVECC and VECCS, the historical lack of standardization has led to extreme variability in animal CPR, and has likely contributed to unsuccessful outcomes in dogs and cats experiencing cardiopulmonary arrest.
If your canine patients often come in with diseases that may have been picked up at the dog park, consider directing clients to a new set of guidelines focused on minimizing the spread of diseases in canine group settings. Veterinary experts from Ohio State University have compiled a user-friendly guide, and paper, to help minimize the possibility of spreading disease in canine group settings. The guidelines were published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association on Sept. 15.
A recent report from the CDC highlights the need for routine rabies vaccinations of companion animals.