Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

WSAVA Calls for a ‘Paradigm Shift’ in Thinking on Reproduction Control

WSAVA Calls for a ‘Paradigm Shift’ in Thinking on Reproduction Control New Global Guidelines highlight the need move away from ‘routine’ neutering Calls for veterinarians to ensure that clients have all the information they require to make an informed decision about neutering their animals and to move away from the traditional approach of ‘routine’ spaying and neutering of owned animals are central to the world’s first Global Guidelines on Reproduction Control. The Guidelines have been prepared by the Reproduction Control Committee (RCC) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice, the WSAVA’s official […]

FIP Oral Formulation for Cats

FIP Oral Formulation for Cats Greetings everyone! We are excited to inform the cat-loving public and veterinary professionals that Stokes Pharmacy, working in collaboration with the Bova Group, announced today that it will be making a compounded oral formulation of GS-441524 available for the treatment of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) in the United States on June 1st, 2024. Considered an almost routinely fatal disease until the development of this unique compound in 2018, GS-441524 has been shown to be a safe and effective therapy for the treatment of FIP in cats in a number of clinical trials carried out primarily […]

Champion of Chinese Companion Animal Veterinary Practice to Receive 2024 WSAVA Award for Global Meritorious Service

Champion of Chinese Companion Animal Veterinary Practice to Receive 2024 WSAVA Award for Global Meritorious Service Dr Louis Liu, Secretary General of the Beijing Small Animal Veterinary Association (BJSAVA) and Vice President of the China Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), is this year’s recipient of the 2024 World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Award for Global Meritorious Service. It will be presented to him by WSAVA President Dr Ellen van Nierop at this year’s WSAVA World Congress which takes place in Suzhou, China, from 3-5 September 2024. Dr Liu will receive the award in recognition of his huge contribution to the advancement […]

Our rescue boats cant save them all

Our rescue boats cant save them all A titanic analogy for animal welfare Imagine a huge ocean, overflowing with life, but also full of danger. In this metaphorical sea, the animals we love and cherish are like passengers aboard a grand vessel—the Titanic of our time. Like the tragic fate of the Titanic, where rescue wasn’t an option for many, today’s animals face an equally dangerous predicament: the struggle for survival in a world where their welfare is often disregarded and there are not nearly enough homes for all, never mind good homes. THE RESCUE BOATS Rescue organizations and shelters […]

My cat’s nose is dry. Should I be concerned?

My cat’s nose is dry. Should I be concerned? Cat owners frequently ask if a dry, warm nose means their cat is sick. The short answer is no. A healthy cat’s nose can vary between wet and dry several times over the course of a day. And there are many reasons your cat can have a dry, warm nose that have nothing to do with health. Here are a few: Lying in the sun Spending time near a source of heat Dwelling in a room with poor air circulation Licking — saliva quickly dries on skin Things to look out […]

Signs That Your Cat is Grieving & How You Can Help

Signs That Your Cat is Grieving & How You Can Help Little attention is paid to the subject of grieving in cats, largely because they are often seen as independent animals that retain much of their ‘wild’ nature. But cats do exhibit behavioral changes after the loss of another cat and sometimes these can be difficult to understand. When animals are closely bonded they are more likely to be upset by the loss of their companion. Even cats that constantly fight can grieve the loss of a feuding partner. While no-one will ever know if a cat understands death, they […]

Signs of good health

Signs of good health When you visit your veterinarian, be sure to bring up any questions or concerns regarding your cat’s health. To help you determine abnormalities you need to discuss with your veterinarian, please review the following lists. What’s Normal Eyes: Should be bright and clear. Report any discharge to your veterinarian. Ears: Should be clean and free of discharge, odor and redness. Untreated ear problems are painful and can cause hearing loss. Mouth: Should smell fresh. Gums should be pink. Teeth should be free of tartar or plaque. Mouth and lips should be free of sores or growths. […]

Stay ahead of the chill: Essential health tips for your pets

Stay ahead of the chill: Essential health tips for your pets Health is on everyone’s minds as winter arrives.  While you are dosing the family in preparation with Vitamin C and ensuring that everyone is eating their five a-day, exercising and getting sufficient rest, this is a great time for you to do your pet’s health check too.    Dr Guy Fyvie, Veterinary Affairs Manager from Hill’s Pet Nutrition, says that just like humans there are several elements that are required to keep your pet’s overall health in check. “So, whether it is an annual health check-up for your dog or […]

UK rabbit owners can recognise pain in their pets, study finds

UK rabbit owners can recognise pain in their pets, study finds Rabbits are popular family pets, with around 1.5 million* in the UK and it is important that owners can recognise when their animal is in pain, and know when to seek help to protect their rabbit’s welfare. New research by the University of Bristol Veterinary School has found the majority of rabbit owners could list signs of pain and could mostly identify pain-free rabbits and those in severe pain, but many lacked knowledge of the subtler sign of pain. The study, published in BMC Veterinary Research today [27 March], provides […]

Poisons

Poisons Uncharacteristic sluggishness, unsteady gait, drooling, heavy breathing, diarrhea, seizures, and sudden bouts of vomiting are among the common clinical signs of feline poisoning (toxicosis). A cat owner who observes any of these signs will do an animal a huge favor by seeking emergency veterinary care. Immediate treatment may be the only way the cat’s life will be saved. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the following are among the most frequently identified causes of feline poisoning: insecticides that are used on lawns and gardens; rodenticides, which are used to kill rats and […]