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Effects of neutering on hormonal concentrations and energy requirements in male and female cats

In this study, Dr. Hoenig and Dr. Ferguson examine the effect of neutering on male and female cats and discuss how this procedure may play a role in feline weight changes. "Neutered cats are at greater risk to become obese, compared to sexually intact cats, and are at almost twice the risk for developing diabetes mellitus." To view the complete article, please click on the related link below.

Journal Scan: Which antibiotic is best for upper respiratory tract disease in shelter cats?

In this article, Dr. Garcia discusses the results of a study testing the effectiveness of various antibiotics in treating felines with upper respiratory tract diseases. "Mycoplasma species and Bordetella bronchiseptica were the bacterial isolates most commonly identified." To view the complete article, please click on the related link below.

Transdermal drugs and their use in the treatment of hyperthyroidism

In this article, Dr. Plotnick examines the use of transdermal medications to treat hyperthyroidism in cats. EXCERPT: "Many of these pharmacies are advocating the use of transdermal gels to deliver medication. As a veterinarian, I need to know the basics: Do these medications work? What is the proper dosage to administer? Are there side effects?" To view the complete article, please click on the related link below.

Clinical efficacy and safety of transdermal methimazole in the treatment of feline hyperthyroidism

In this article, the authors examine the efficacy of transdermal methimazole in treating cats with hyperthyroidism in comparison to oral transmissions of the medicine. EXCERPT: "The main goal of using a transdermal formulation is to avoid oral daily administration of methimazole in uncooperative cats." To view the complete article, please click on the related link below.

Needham Animal Control Officer Receives New Microchip Scanner

In this article, Becca Manning discusses the donation of a microchip scanner to the Needham Animal Control unit by the Massachusett's Animal Coalition and Hopkinton Drug, Inc. This technology will be used to help reunite lost pets with their families. EXCERPT: "Starting in November, ACOs in Massachusetts will be required to scan stray animals for a microchip as part of a new law updating animal control statutes." To view the complete article, please click on the related link below.

Dietary Lysine: Calorie Ratios and Their Influence on Nitrogen Metabolism and Digestibility in Moderately Obese Mature Dogs

In this article, the authors discuss the optimal level of dietary lysine needed to reduce muscle degradation during periods of low caloric consumption in order to aid weight loss in obese canines. EXCERPT: "We proposed that by varying dietary lysine: calorie in mature overweight dogs, differences in nitrogen and protein metabolism might be detected. Therefore, the present studies were designed to determine how altering lysine: calorie of canine foods impact nitrogen and protein metabolism during periods of caloric restriction." To view the complete article, please click on the related link below.

New microchip scanner will help find lost pets

This article discusses the use of microchip scanners to aid in re-uniting lost pets with their families. EXCERPT: "Owners register their pets on a central database and, if the animal is lost, a veterinarian, shelter or animal control department representative can scan the animal." To view the complete article, please click on the related link below.

VIP Long Term Trial Published by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker

Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) corrects chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS) acquired following exposure to water-damaged buildings

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