Feline pancreatitis is more common than many practitioners realize. This online training course will help you diagnose and treat feline pancreatitis. You will learn that pancreatitis in cats is very different from pancreatitis in dogs and will be able to recognize the presenting signs and common concurrent illnesses. This course will help you determine when to test for feline pancreatitis and how to implement the protocol in your practice. Lastly you will become familiar with the latest treatment recommendations for feline pancreatitis.
This course is designed to give you a general overview of the most common canine and feline heart diseases and their effect on the cardiovascular system.
Canine and feline parvoviruses (CPV and FPV, respectively) can have deadly consequences if not diagnosed early and treated properly. This new course will provide you and your practice with the tools necessary to recognize early clinical signs, understand diagnostic and treatment options, initiate appropriate treatment and prevention protocols and educate pet owners about the risks of exposure. Dr. Barr will present information on the immunology and pathology of the viruses, while Dr. Hibbetts will present real-life case studies that include presenting signs, diagnostics, treatment options and pet-owner education.
In this online course, veterinary staff will identify and understand the presenting signs and risk factors associated with canine pancreatitis, differentiate between acute and chronic pancreatitis, recognize the benefits and limitations of the current diagnostic options and discuss common treatment options.
Assessing and managing the heart health of your patients can be enhanced through the use of diagnostic tools. Information from these tools helps you make confident decisions and recommen-dations for patients at risk of heart disease or heart failure. The Cardiopet® proBNP Test provides you with additional information about your patients’ heart health, and improvements to the test now make it even easier for you to add it to your current cardiac protocols:
Six months ago, a 14-year-old outdoor European Shorthaired cat presented with intermittent vomiting, diarrhoea and weight loss. The cat lived outdoors and occasionally stayed at boarding kennels. All food had been refused for three days. The symptoms started approximately two years earlier but the animal was ﬁrst taken to a veterinarian six months earlier. Faeces examination (bacteriology, mycology, Giardia) gave no clues about the cause of the illness. Ultrasonography and radiography showed no abnormalities. A gastroscopy with a biopsy of various stomach mucosa samples did not provide any clear-cut pathological ﬁndings either and blood work done four months ago (kidney values, liver enzymes and haemato-logy) was within normal reference ranges.
IDEXX’s new Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, directed by Christian Leutenegger, DrVetMed, PhD, FVH, now offers real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing – providing you with convenient and affordable access to the accuracy of PCR as part of your routine test menu. Results are returned in just 3–4 working days.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is diagnosed based on evaluation of all available clinical and diagnostic information in a stable patient. The IRIS Board continues to recommend using creatinine, a widely available and well understood test, to diagnose and stage CKD. Symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA), a new marker of kidney function, may be a useful adjunct for both diagnosis and staging of CKD.
The liver is strategically positioned between the digestive tract and the systemic circulation. Arterial blood flows directly from the aorta to the liver, ensuring a good oxygen supply.
The liver receives venous blood from the abdominal organs (stomach, pancreas, spleen and intestines) via the portal vein. Amongst other compounds, metabolites and foreign substances are delivered to the liver in this venous blood for detoxifi-cation or biotransformation. The liver and portal circulation also play a central role in the metabolism of bile acids, ammo-nia and bilirubin.