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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331834/ultrasound-guided-electrochemotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-a-clear-cell-thymoma-in-a-cat
#1
Enrico Pierluigi Spugnini, Francesco Menicagli, Michela Pettorali, Alfonso Baldi
A twelve-year-old male castrated domestic shorthair cat was presented for rapidly progressing respiratory distress. The cat was depressed, tachypneic and moderately responsive. Ultrasonography showed a mediastinal mass associated with a significant pleural effusion that needed tapping every five to seven days. Ultrasound guided biopsy yielded a diagnosis of clear cell thymoma upon histopathology. After complete staging procedures, the owner elected to treat the cat with electrochemotherapy (ECT) using systemic bleomycin...
2017: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317617/companion-animal-owner-perceptions-knowledge-and-beliefs-regarding-pain-management-in-end-of-life-care
#2
Roschelle Heuberger, Michael Petty, Janice Huntingford
The senior companion animal is the fastest growing segment of the pet population. End-of-life care, quality of life, and pain management (PM) are extremely important to pet owners. Research into PM and end-of-life care is essential due to lack of information on owner knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs. A survey was developed to gather information from owners. Surveys were developed using expert focus groups, and participants were recruited through social media. Survey validation employed emergent themes and grounded theory...
December 2016: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306717/barriers-to-dog-rabies-vaccination-during-an-urban-rabies-outbreak-qualitative-findings-from-arequipa-peru
#3
Ricardo Castillo-Neyra, Joanna Brown, Katty Borrini, Claudia Arevalo, Michael Z Levy, Alison Buttenheim, Gabrielle C Hunter, Victor Becerra, Jere Behrman, Valerie A Paz-Soldan
BACKGROUND: Canine rabies was reintroduced to the city of Arequipa, Peru in March 2015. The Ministry of Health has conducted a series of mass dog vaccination campaigns to contain the outbreak, but canine rabies virus transmission continues in Arequipa's complex urban environment, putting the city's 1 million inhabitants at risk of infection. The proximate driver of canine rabies in Arequipa is low dog vaccination coverage. Our objectives were to qualitatively assess barriers to and facilitators of rabies vaccination during mass campaigns, and to explore strategies to increase participation in future efforts...
March 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306486/factors-that-influence-small-animal-veterinarians-opinions-and-actions-regarding-cost-of-care-and-effects-of-economic-limitations-on-patient-care-and-outcome-and-professional-career-satisfaction-and-burnout
#4
Barry S Kipperman, Philip H Kass, Mark Rishniw
OBJECTIVE To determine small animal veterinarians' opinions and actions regarding costs of care, obstacles to client education about veterinary care costs, and effects of economic limitations on patient care and outcome and professional career satisfaction and burnout. DESIGN Cross-sectional survey. SAMPLE 1,122 small animal practitioners in the United States and Canada. PROCEDURES An online survey was sent to 37,036 veterinarians. Respondents provided information regarding perceived effects of client awareness of costs and pet health insurance coverage on various aspects of practice, the influence of client economic limitations on professional satisfaction and burnout, and proposals for addressing those effects...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291397/evaluation-of-the-impacts-of-epilepsy-in-dogs-on-their-caregivers
#5
Julie A Nettifee, Karen R Munana, Emily H Griffith
Epilepsy is a common problem in dogs, and management of this chronic disorder requires a substantial commitment on the part of the pet owner. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of epilepsy in dogs on their owners, utilizing an online survey tool. A questionnaire was developed to explore a variety of factors, including seizure history, treatment, outcome, quality of life, costs associated with therapy, and sources of support. A total of 225 responses were obtained. The majority of respondents reported positive scores for overall quality of life, although scores were significantly lower for dogs with poorly controlled epilepsy and medication-related adverse effects...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285892/origins-of-recently-emerged-foci-of-the-tick-dermacentor-reticulatus-in-central-europe-inferred-from-molecular-markers
#6
Agnieszka Kloch, Ewa J Mierzejewska, Grzegorz Karbowiak, Kateryna Slivinska, Mohammed Alsarraf, Anna Rodo, Maciej Kowalec, Dorota Dwużnik, Yuliya M Didyk, Anna Bajer
The ornate dog tick Dermacentor reticulatus is vector of several blood parasites, including Babesia canis, a causative agent of babesiosis. The geographical range of D. reticulatus in Europe is discontinuous with a gap separating eastern and western macroregions. New foci observed in several locations in western and central Europe were considered an expansion of the western population, including foci in western Poland. In the present paper we used molecular markers to identify the origins of these foci, and we compared their genetic polymorphism to D...
February 28, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279780/development-of-the-cat-owner-relationship-scale-cors
#7
Tiffani J Howell, Jonathan Bowen, Jaume Fatjó, Paula Calvo, Anna Holloway, Pauleen C Bennett
Characteristics of the human-animal bond can be influenced by both owner-related and pet-related factors, which likely differ between species. Three studies adapted the Monash Dog-Owner Relationship Scale (MDORS) to permit assessment of human-cat interactions as perceived by the cat's owner. In Study 1,293 female cat owners completed a modified version of the MDORS, where 'dog' was replaced with 'cat' for all items. Responses were compared with a matched sample of female dog owners. A partial least squares discriminant analysis revealed systematic differences between cat and dog owners in the Dog (Cat)-Owner Interaction subscale (MDORS subscale 1), but not for Perceived Emotional Closeness or Perceived Costs (Subscales 2 and 3)...
March 6, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277094/quality-of-life-and-adolescents-communication-with-their-significant-others-mother-father-and-best-friend-the-mediating-effect-of-attachment-to-pets
#8
Ferran Marsa-Sambola, Joanne Williams, Janine Muldoon, Alistair Lawrence, Melanie Connor, Candace Currie
The relationship between adolescents' communication with their significant others (mother, father, and best friend) and quality of life (KIDSCREEN) was investigated in 2262 Scottish adolescent pet owners. The variable attachment to pets was also tested and assessed as a mediator of this relationship. A positive relationship between adolescents' communication with their significant other (mother, father, and best friend) and quality of life decreased when controlling for attachment to dogs. In cat owners, a positive relationship between communication with a best friend and quality of life decreased when controlling for attachment to cats...
February 20, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276099/a-longitudinal-study-on-the-acceptance-and-effects-of-a-therapeutic-renal-food-in-pet-dogs-with-iris-stage-1-chronic-kidney-disease
#9
J A Hall, D A Fritsch, M Yerramilli, E Obare, M Yerramilli, D E Jewell
Currently, nutritional management is recommended when serum creatinine (Cr) exceeds 1.4 mg/dl in dogs with IRIS-Stage 2 chronic kidney disease (CKD) to slow progressive loss of kidney function, reduce clinical and biochemical consequences of CKD, and maintain adequate nutrition. It is unknown if dietary interventions benefit non-azotemic dogs at earlier stages. A prospective 12-month feeding trial was performed in client-owned dogs with IRIS-Stage 1 CKD (n = 36; 20 had persistently dilute urine with urine specific gravity (USG) <1...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272340/factors-which-influence-owners-when-deciding-to-use-chemotherapy-in-terminally-ill-pets
#10
Jane Williams, Catherine Phillips, Hollie Marie Byrd
Chemotherapy is a commonly integrated treatment option within human and animal oncology regimes. Limited research has investigated pet owners' treatment decision-making in animals diagnosed with malignant neoplasia. Dog and cat owners were asked to complete an online questionnaire to elucidate factors which are key to the decision making process. Seventy-eight respondents completed the questionnaire in full. Fifty-eight percent of pet owners would not elect to treat pets with chemotherapy due to the negative impact of the associated side effects...
March 7, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267573/owners-view-of-their-pets-emotions-intellect-and-mutual-relationship-cats-and-dogs-compared
#11
Minori Arahori, Hika Kuroshima, Yusuke Hori, Saho Takagi, Hitomi Chijiiwa, Kazuo Fujita
Companion animals have established special relationships with humans, as demonstrated by many studies describing their abilities and bonds to communicate with humans. In this questionnaire-based study, we explored owners' views of pets in terms of their emotional and intellectual functions and their relationship with owners, and compared the results between cat owners and dog owners. We found that although both types of owners most often regarded their pets as "family members," this tendency was weaker in cat owners...
March 3, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265510/survey-of-owner-motivations-and-veterinary-input-of-owners-feeding-diets-containing-raw-animal-products
#12
Stewart K Morgan, Susan Willis, Megan L Shepherd
BACKGROUND: The practice of feeding of diets containing raw animal products (RAP) to pets (dogs and cats) is discouraged by veterinary organizations and governmental public health organizations. Nevertheless, the practice of feeding RAP to pets is increasing in popularity. Pet owner motivations for feeding RAP diets to pets have not been explored and the benefits of RAP diets remain largely anecdotal. We hypothesized that pet owners feeding RAP diets would not rely on veterinary advice in choosing their pet's diet...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263113/factors-associated-with-anesthetic-related-death-in-dogs-and-cats-in-primary-care-veterinary-hospitals
#13
Nora S Matthews, Thomas J Mohn, Mingyin Yang, Nathaniel Spofford, Alison Marsh, Karen Faunt, Elizabeth M Lund, Sandra L Lefebvre
OBJECTIVE To identify risk factors for anesthetic-related death in pet dogs and cats. DESIGN Matched case-control study. ANIMALS 237 dogs and 181 cats. PROCEDURES Electronic medical records from 822 hospitals were examined to identify dogs and cats that underwent general anesthesia (including sedation) or sedation alone and had death attributable to the anesthetic episode ≤ 7 days later (case animals; 115 dogs and 89 cats) or survived > 7 days afterward (control animals [matched by species and hospital]; 122 dogs and 92 cats)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261187/detection-and-genetic-environment-of-pleuromutilin-lincosamide-streptogramin-a-resistance-genes-in-staphylococci-isolated-from-pets
#14
Fengru Deng, Huiwen Wang, Yifei Liao, Jun Li, Andrea T Feßler, Geovana B Michael, Stefan Schwarz, Yang Wang
Increasing emergence of staphylococci resistant to pleuromutilins, lincosamides, and streptogramin A (PLSA) and isolated from humans and pets is a growing public health concern worldwide. Currently, there was only one published study regarding one of the PLSA genes, vga(A) detected in staphylococci isolated from cat. In this study, eleven pleuromutilin-resistant staphylococci from pets and two from their owners were isolated and further characterized for their antimicrobial susceptibilities, plasmid profiles, genotypes, and genetic context of the PLSA resistance genes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246457/medico-legal-aspects-of-congenital-heart-diseases-in-buying-and-selling-of-pets
#15
Annamaria Passantino, Michela Pugliese, Valeria Quartarone, Natalia Russo, Roberto Bussadori, Bartolomeo Guercio
AIM: The veterinarian should be able to assess congenital and inherited malformations such as heart defects because they may be object of legal disputes. In this study, the authors report some cases of congenital heart defects in pets (dogs and cats) to clarify whether or not they may be considered a redhibitory defect. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 28 medical records of pets referred with suspected congenital heart disease were examined. All patients aged between 3 and 24 months underwent clinical examination, chest X-ray examination, electrocardiogram, and echocardiography and angiocardiography when necessary...
January 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245980/assessment-of-domestic-cat-personality-as-perceived-by-416-owners-suggests-six-dimensions
#16
Pauleen C Bennett, Nicholas J Rutter, Jessica K Woodhead, Tiffani J Howell
Understanding individual behavioral differences in domestic cats could lead to improved selection when potential cat owners choose a pet with whom to share their lives, along with consequent improvements in cat welfare. Yet very few attempts have been made to elicit cat personality dimensions using the trait-based exploratory approaches applied previously, with some success, to humans and dogs. In this study, a list of over 200 adjectives used to describe cat personality was assembled. This list was refined by two focus groups...
February 27, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235458/no-molecular-epidemiological-evidence-supporting-household-transmission-of-zoonotic-giardia-duodenalis-and-cryptosporidium-spp-from-pet-dogs-and-cats-in-the-province-of-%C3%A3-lava-northern-spain
#17
Aida de Lucio, Begoña Bailo, María Aguilera, Guillermo A Cardona, Juan C Fernández-Crespo, David Carmena
The role of pet dogs and cats as suitable source of human infections by the diarrheagenic protozoan parasites Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp. has been a topic of intense debate for long time and still remains a largely unsolved problem. In this cross-sectional molecular epidemiological survey we attempted to investigate whether zoonotic (or zooanthroponotic) disease transmission was occurring among humans and domestic dogs and cats sharing the same spatial and temporal setting in both rural and urban areas of the province of Álava, Northern Spain...
February 21, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230415/targeting-translational-successes-through-cansort-sci-using-pet-dogs-to-identify-effective-treatments-for-spinal-cord-injury
#18
Sarah A Moore, Nicolas Granger, Natasha J Olby, Ingo Spitzbarth, Nick D Jeffery, Andrea Tipold, Yvette S Nout-Lomas, Ronaldo C da Costa, Veronika M Stein, Linda J Noble-Haeusslein, Andrew R Blight, Robert G Grossman, D Michele Basso, Jonathan M Levine
Translation of therapeutic interventions for spinal cord injury (SCI) from laboratory to clinic has been historically challenging, highlighting the need for robust models of injury that more closely mirror the human condition. The high prevalence of acute, naturally occurring SCI in pet dogs provides a unique opportunity to evaluate expeditiously promising interventions in a population of animals that receive diagnoses and treatment clinically in a manner similar to persons with SCI, while adhering to National Institutes of Health guidelines for scientific rigor and transparent reporting...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222789/is-ccnu-lomustine-valuable-for-treatment-of-cutaneous-epitheliotropic-lymphoma-in-dogs-a-critically-appraised-topic
#19
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Aurore Laprais, Thierry Olivry
BACKGROUND: CCNU and other treatment protocols are commonly offered to owners for the treatment of dogs diagnosed with cutaneous (epitheliotropic) T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). Chemotherapy protocols provide variable benefits; they have different side-effects, and they typically require monitoring to detect drug toxicity at a non-negligible cost to the owner. At this time, even though CCNU is most often recommended to treat dogs with CTCL, there is no clear consensus on the benefit of this drug...
February 21, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222142/evaluation-of-18-f-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose-fdg-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-pet-ct-as-a-staging-and-monitoring-tool-for-dogs-with-stage-2-splenic-hemangiosarcoma-a-pilot-study
#20
Antonella Borgatti, Amber L Winter, Kathleen Stuebner, Ruth Scott, Christopher P Ober, Kari L Anderson, Daniel A Feeney, Daniel A Vallera, Joseph S Koopmeiners, Jaime F Modiano, Jerry Froelich
Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) is routinely used for staging and monitoring of human cancer patients and is becoming increasingly available in veterinary medicine. In this study, 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (18FDG)-PET-CT was used in dogs with naturally occurring splenic hemangiosarcoma (HSA) to assess its utility as a staging and monitoring modality as compared to standard radiography and ultrasonography. Nine dogs with stage-2 HSA underwent 18FDG-PET-CT following splenectomy and prior to commencement of chemotherapy...
2017: PloS One
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