Association of urinary cadmium excretion with feline hypertension

Fifty client-owned senior cats (32 normotensive and 18 hypertensive) with renal function ranging from normal to moderately reduced were recruited into a prospective cross-sectional study exploring the association of urinary cadmium excretion and hypertension in cats. Heparinised plasma samples were collected and analysed for routine biochemical parameters. Urine samples were collected via cystocentesis and were analysed . . . → Read More: Association of urinary cadmium excretion with feline hypertension

Multiple eccrine poromas in the paw of a dog

A 5-year-old, spayed female boxer dog presented to the referring veterinarian with a year-long history of swelling, ulceration and pain in the paw pad of the fourth digit of the right forelimb. Histologically, the paw pad was expanded by a mass composed of small polygonal cells forming broad bands and trabeculae within the lower epidermis that . . . → Read More: Multiple eccrine poromas in the paw of a dog

The Role of Bits in Equitation: A Welfare Issue

Introduction
Traditionally, the use of a bitted bridle has been the principal method by which the ridden horse has been controlled (Quick & Warren-Smith, 2009). The use of a bit is invasive, since it causes discomfort in the mouth and interferes with breathing (Cook, 1999). Additionally, a bit affects oral behaviours and, when accompanied by excessive . . . → Read More: The Role of Bits in Equitation: A Welfare Issue

Eagle Post

In what sport do competitors at times lie down in the middle of the course, unmotivated and bemused? The answer is cat agility tournaments, a competition in which cats run through a miniature obstacle course crammed with hurdles and tunnels. The phenomenon of cat agility contests started about 10 years ago when two couples involved in cat shows were at dinner and started talking about the tricks their cats did. They modified selected dog agility obstacles and showed them to their cats. From that chance meeting, International Cat Agility Tournaments (ICAT) was born. In 2004, cat shows began featuring agility contests, and they are now a fixture on the cat show circuit. As promoted on their website (catagility.com), ICAT is devoted to “creating a new category of cat competition in which cats negotiate an obstacle course designed to display their speed, coordination, beauty of movement, physical conditioning, intelligence, training, and the quality and depth of their relationship with their owner, who trains with them and guides them through the course.” Continue reading Eagle Post

Survey documents high levels of stress, burnout in Australian veterinarians

A survey has found that 63.4 per cent of Australian veterinarians experience depression, anxiety, stress or burnout, compared with 35.7 per cent in the general population.

The survey sponsored by Bayer Animal Health, Norbrook, Apex Laboratories and Boehringer Ingleheim, was published in the Australian Veterinary Journal. It is the first Australian study to confirm anecdotal reports of high levels of workplace stress.

Lead author Peter Hatch, a veterinarian and counsellor, said contributing factors include client expectations, disappointing clinical outcomes, long hours, on-call duties and professional and social isolation.

“When I first graduated I thought veterinarians would all talk and have a joke with one another, but practices tend to isolate themselves from others,” he said. “Vets tend to say g’day to each other but that’s as far as it often goes – there is an incredible lack of support and community.” Continue reading Survey documents high levels of stress, burnout in Australian veterinarians