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A Different Animal: Cancer in Pets and People

30 Jul

In this article, we take a brief look at how cancers that are important in people usually manifest differently in our pets.

via A Different Animal: Cancer in Pets and People.

Parasites beware; National Center for Veterinary Parasitology at Oklahoma State University has its eyes on you

28 Jul

National Center for Veterinary Parasitology

STILLWATER, Okla., July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The world’s battle against parasites has a young, aggressive ally.

Launched in 2009, the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology (NCVP) at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is helping carry the fight against parasites and vectors, such as mosquitoes, ticks, and the organisms they transmit.  These foes attack humans, animals and our food supply.

The National Center for Veterinary Parasitology is the only one of its kind and began with the financial backing of the Kirkpatrick Foundation, Novartis Animal Health, Bayer Animal Health and Merial.

“The concept was novel. Create a clearinghouse for all things related to veterinary parasitology, support clinical parasitology research, and develop the next generation of veterinary parasitologists,” said Susan Little, DVM, PhD, DACVM (Parasit.), OSU Regents Professor, Krull-Ewing Chair in Veterinary Parasitology and co-director of the NCVP.

This year, Merck, Zoetis, and Elanco joined the other continuing sponsors to provide sustaining support and establish industry resident positions. The NCVP residents are nationally recognized stars in their field.

“Before the NCVP, there was no pipeline for future talent specific to veterinary parasitology,” Little said.  “The need for veterinary parasitologists has grown but with a limited supply. Both academia and the pharmaceutical industry need well-trained clinical researchers to effectively combat parasitic and vector-borne diseases.”

Heartworm is one National Center for Veterinary Parasitology success story.

Little said heartworm diagnosis has been based on antigen testing to detect proteins of the parasite in the blood of dogs and cats, and antigen tests are very sensitive and specific.

“Because of research at the NCVP, we now know that many infected dogs, and perhaps most infected cats, may not test positive even though they have worms,” Little said. “Fortunately, this research also identified a simple, in-clinic modification to the test to address the problem.  This is just one example of how NCVP parasitologists can help veterinarians practice better medicine.”

The NCVP at Oklahoma State University is sharing its knowledge through its website (http://www.ncvetp.org), where teachers from all over the world can access a database with hundreds of parasite images at no cost. In addition, other teaching resources include a ‘case of the month’ and a Jeopardy-style parasitology review game.

“Giving educators access to accurate and compelling parasitology information and research helps strengthen knowledge about parasitology and increases the interest in the discipline world-wide,” said Little.

The diagnostic arm of the NCVP is expanding its impact according to Eileen Johnson, DVM, MS, PhD, who is an associate clinical professor at Oklahoma State University and the diagnostic veterinary parasitologist for the center.

“The diagnostic lab processes hundreds of samples each month for veterinarians in practice and for other reference labs,” said Johnson. “Most of the samples are from small animals, many from shelter animals. Some of the most common findings include hookworms, which can cause severe anemia in young animals, as well as coccidia, Giardia, roundworms, and whipworms, which can cause diarrhea.”

Johnson said many of these parasites are zoonotic and can cause disease in people, so identifying and treating the infections are particularly important. The center also provides egg per gram counts for horses and cattle, allowing veterinarians to tailor integrated parasite management programs and monitor treatment effectiveness.

In addition to processing diagnostic samples, the clinical parasitology lab collects materials to be used for teaching courses at Oklahoma State University and at other veterinary colleges. Johnson teaches residents and graduate students a special problems course in diagnostic parasitology best practices.

“The NCVP provides information to veterinarians to help them recognize parasites in the animals they treat,” said Little. “An accurate, early diagnosis can cut down on the cost of treatment for the owner and hopefully bring the pet back to a healthy state faster.”

The latest addition to the NCVP is a small grants program that provides funding for one-year projects to address specific problems in clinical or basic veterinary parasitology.

“Student involvement in the project is required, which gives us one more opportunity to get younger scientists excited about parasitology research,” Little said. “All of this is made possible through our sponsoring partners and we are forever grateful for their continued support.”

Plans for the coming year at the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology include additional ways to provide helpful information to parasitologists, veterinarians and the public. Look for videos on best practices in parasite control, new images of veterinary parasites, interesting cases involving veterinary parasitology, and more.

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Consumer Updates > Safe Use of Flea and Tick Products in Pets

24 Jun

Pet owners need to be cautious about using flea and tick products safely, says Ann Stohlman, V.M.D., a veterinarian in the Food and Drug Administration’s FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine. “You need to take the time to carefully read the label, the package insert, and any accompanying literature to make sure you’re using the product correctly.”

via Consumer Updates > Safe Use of Flea and Tick Products in Pets.

Why Some People Fear or Hate Cats

5 Jul

Still, even though we may understand why some people may dislike some traits most cats share, for other traits there are logical reasons, reasons not always the fault of the cats.

via 7 Reasons to Dislike Cats – Why Some People Fear or Hate Cats.

Diamond Pet Foods Hit with Class Action Suit over Salmonella Outbreak

23 Jun

Diamond Pet Foods Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. were slapped with a class action in New York federal court over recent massive recalls of dog food linked to a Salmonella Infantis outbreak that has sickened countless pets and at least 22 people.

via Diamond Pet Foods Hit with Class Action Suit over Salmonella Outbreak « Poisoned Pets.

Diet Fast or Diet Slow: Which Choice Is Better for Pets?

22 Jun

As we have discussed in previous blogs, a long term commitment to a healthy lifestyle that includes a moderate diet with no high calorie treats with daily exercise is preferable to any dieting program.

via Diet Fast or Diet Slow: Which Choice Is Better for Pets? | petMD.

Cat Wisdom 101 » Cat Care at the Tail End Of Life

21 Jun

No one want to think about their cat lingering over a long illness and dying, but palliative care is about making the tail end of a cat’s life comfortable and humane. Our guest Vet 101 post today is with veterinarian Dr. Letrisa Miller.

via Cat Wisdom 101 » Cat Care at the Tail End Of Life.

Veterinary Medicine: 4 case reports of household toxicity

20 Jun

This week, 4 case reports of “household” toxicities in dogs and cats. A good reminder to pet-proof the house by storing potential poisons out of reach and throwing out those expired medications.

via Veterinary Medicine.

5 Expensive Veterinary Procedures That Can Be Avoided

20 Jun

With the help of a little info published by the ASPCA, and through my own experience, here are five of the most expensive veterinary emergencies that can usually be avoided:

via 5 Expensive Veterinary Procedures That Can Be Avoided.

Don’t force your cat to be vegan | The Conscious Cat

20 Feb

People adopt a vegan lifestyle for a variety of reasons, some of them health related, others as a conscious choice to help the planet. One of the most frequently cited reasons why people become vegan is because of a genuine concern about animal rights. There is no doubt that factory farmed animals live in abysmal conditions both prior to and during slaughter.

via Don’t force your cat to be vegan | The Conscious Cat.

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