You know your cat has his or her own unique personality. Now studies in New Zealand and South Australia have shown that understanding your cat’s personality can help owners and vets give pets a happier, healthier life.
Whether it’s the chronic pain of illness and age or the acute pain of accident and intervention, it’s generally accepted that animals experience not just pain, but emotional distress. But how to recognise and evaluate pain in animals? The Glasgow Composite Pain Scale (GCPS) provides an objective assessment.
Five newly recognised viruses could be of serious future concern to dog and cat owners as well as to veterinary practitioners specialising in companion animal infectious diseases. Feline morbillivirus (FeMV) is a new paramyxovirus closely related to dog distemper virus.
Diagnosing Feline Peritonitis (FIP) requires a veterinary test that can detect antibodies to the widespread Feline Coronavirus (FCoV). FASTest FIP, FASTest CoV Strip and FASTest RIVALTA FIP-VETube help provide a vital early warning of the possible presence of the FIP mutant strain.
Britain’s best-loved pet dogs get the protection of immunisation against distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, leptospira, parainfluenza virus, bordetella and rabies. Reputable kennels and breeders offer UK dog owners healthy pups with the confidence assured by routine vaccination and canine diagnostic testing.
The donation of blood and receiving of blood transfusions is a regular lifesaver in human medicine. Animals too often need a vital transfusion following an accident, during an operation or to treat blood disorders including anaemia and low red cell count, diagnosed in the veterinary laboratory.
Maybe it was the challenge of perfecting what goes on inside a bench-top centrifuge that distracted veterinary equipment designers’ from attending to its outward appearance. Maybe, but not anymore. It might have seemed difficult for designers to get excited about glamorising a piece of laboratory kit that seems to have one simple function – to spin sample tubes very, very fast.
As its alternative name suggests, the lungworm parasite was not always a disease common among cats and dogs in the UK. The first case of ‘French Heartworm’ appeared in 1975. In the 40 years since, the parasite has established hotspots in the UK’s more southerly counties, with cases reported as far north as Paisley in Scotland.
However advanced the laboratory technology, and however expert the veterinary practitioner, the critical step in any consultation or veterinary diagnostic test is communicating with the pet owner. In the treatment of sick and injured animals, the animal’s owner is the veterinary practitioner’s greatest ally.
Alarmingly low vaccination rates among UK cats mean that early detection and screening, with a separate or combination FIV and FeLV diagnostic test kit, is more important than ever. Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are two of the most serious cat diseases and among the most infectious.