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A free online class brought to you by Bioguard

Whether acute or chronic, diarrhea is always critical to our pets. Know more detailed information on infectious-diarrhea-causing pathogens (feline panleukopenia, feline coronavirus infection, giardiasis, and tritrichomoniasis), their early detection, and cure methods in cats.

Sponsored by Bioguard Corporation and presented by Dr. Robert Lo, this is the next webinar you do not want to miss it.

Access to the on-demand recording is FREE
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Dec 21

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8 PM – 9 PM

Taiwan Local Time

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Certificate of Attendance

eCertificate will be issued to the registered attendants joining the webinar for at least 50 minutes.

About this Webinar:

Diarrhea caused by infectious pathogens is a common complaint seen in feline practice. Infectious diarrhea in cats is associated with viral causes, bacterial causes, protozoal causes, and those caused by helminths. Young cats with access to the outdoors are commonly affected, which makes a definitive diagnosis. This webinar will introduce the diagnosis and treatment of viral (feline parvovirus/ panleukopenia, feline enteric coronavirus) and protozoal (Giardia duodenalis, Tritrichomonas foetus) infection in cats.

While protozoal infections can be subclinical, diarrhea tends to be more common in younger cats or cats in the cattery. Diagnostic methods for protozoal infections include fecal examination, culture (T. foetus), rapid test, and PCR. Since treatments for G. duodenalisand T. foetus are different, accurate diagnosis plays a vital role in effective treatment.

Viral diarrheas are most often seen in kittens or cats recently introduced to multi-cat environments. Diagnostic methods for viral pathogens include rapid tests and PCR. Early recognition and aggressive treatment are critical in successful outcomes of panleukopenia infection.

In this webinar, you will learn:
1. The cause of viral and protozoal diarrhea in cats
2. Diagnostic methods of diarrhea caused by different pathogens
3. Treatments of viral and protozoal diarrhea

About the Speaker:

Dr. Lo obtained his D.V.M. degree from National Chiayi University and his Ph.D. from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University. He has expertise in virology, clinical microbiology, and immunology. Previously, he worked as the Director of the Reference Lab at Bioguard Corporation. Currently, he works as Technical Support Manager at Bioguard Corporation.

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The first Italian case of hepatozoonosis in a cat with an unusual presentation.

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Hepatozoon spp. is the causative agent of vector-borne parasitic disease in many animal species. In felids, Hepatozoon felis, Hepatozoon canis, and Hepatozoon silvestris have been molecularly isolated. Hepatozoonosis usually causes asymptomatic infections in domestic cats, but clinical cases have recently been reported in Europe.

An 11-year-old neutered European shorthair cat was urgently hospitalized for intestinal intussusception. Hematology, biochemistry, FIV-FeLV tests, blood smears, and molecular investigation targeting the 18S rRNA gene of Hepatozoon spp. were performed on blood samples; histological and molecular analyses were performed to analyze surgical samples to identify Hepatozoon infection. Hepatozoon gamonts were detected in granulocytes in the blood smear and Hepatozoon spp. DNA was confirmed by PCR on blood, further approving the first Italian case of hepatozoonosis in a cat with an unusual presentation.

The intussusception was caused by a sessile endoluminal nodule that was surgically removed. Histologically, many elements referring to parasitic tissue forms were identified in the intestinal cells, and then the specimens were molecularly confirmed to harbor H. silvestris. This is the first description of symptomatic hepatozoonosis in a domestic cat in Italy.

Hepatozoon silvestris has been described in wild felids, usually resilient to the infection, whereas the domestic cat seems more susceptible. Indeed, H. silvestris in cats usually presents tropism for skeletal muscle and myocardium with subsequent clinical manifestations. This is the first description of a domestic cat with H. silvestris localized in the intestinal epithelium and associated with intussusception.

Refrence: Simonato, G., Franco, V., Salvatore, G. et al. First autochthonous clinical case of Hepatozoon silvestris in a domestic cat in Italy with unusual presentation. Parasites Vectors 15, 440 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-022-05534-x

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Prevalence of canine intestinal parasites Giardia and helminths in Western Europe

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Heat map showing the prevalence of canine intestinal parasites in sampled cities

Intestinal parasite contamination from infected dogs can place other dogs and humans at risk. A study was initiated to estimate the prevalence of canine intestinal parasitism by collecting fecal samples in cities across Western Europe.

Fresh fecal samples were collected from 2469 dogs visiting 164 parks in 33 cities across 12 countries. Each owner responded to a questionnaire on their dog's signalment and recent anthelmintic treatment history. The collected samples were examined for hookworms, whipworms, ascarids, and Giardia using a coproantigen diagnostic immunoassay and microscopy following centrifugal flotation.

Nematodes or Giardia were detected in at least one sample from 100% of cities and in 93.3% of parks. Nematodes were detected in 57% of parks. Overall, 22.8% of dogs tested positive for an intestinal parasite, with Giardia being the most commonly identified parasite (17.3% of dogs and 83.5% of parks). For nematode infection, 7.6% of all dogs tested positive, with 9.9% of dogs aged < 1 year infected, 7.7% of those aged 1–3 years, 7.3% of those aged 4–6 years, and 6.6% of those aged ≥ 7 years. Among the nematodes detected, ascarids were the most prevalent (3.6% of dogs, parks, 28.7% of parks), most common in dogs aged < 1 year but also present in older dogs, including those aged ≥ 7 years. Hookworms and whipworms were detected in 3.2% and 2.3% of dogs of all ages, respectively, and 37.2% and 17.7% of parks, respectively. A more significant proportion of fecal samples tested positive with the coproantigen immunoassay than with centrifugal flotation. Positive test results for Giardia were sevenfold higher when both diagnostic tests were used than when centrifugal flotation alone was used. There were 60% more positive results for nematodes when both tests were used than when flotation alone was used. Overall, 77.2% of owners reported previous anthelmintic treatment, among whom at least 62.7% failed to follow recommended treatment frequency. Dogs receiving anthelmintics within the previous month had a lower percentage of nematode infection than those in which > 1 month had passed since the last dose.

The prevalence estimates of intestinal parasite infections in dogs reported here highlight the need for owner education concerning regular testing and treatment guidelines, even in older dogs. Failure to adhere to guidelines can result in the ongoing transmission of these infections, including those with zoonotic potential. Combining coproantigen immunoassay with centrifugal flotation for diagnostic testing and regular anthelmintic treatment is essential for ensuring optimal intestinal parasite control.

Refrence: Drake, J., Sweet, S., Baxendale, K. et al. Detection of Giardia and helminths in Western Europe at local K9 (canine) sites (DOGWALKS Study). Parasites Vectors 15, 311 (2022).

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Giardia (GIA) Ag Test for Feline Giardia infection diagnosis:

Giardiasis is a parasitic disease that occurs when dogs or cats eat, drink, or smell something contaminated by Giardia duodenalis. This tiny single-celled parasite infects the small intestines of its host animal.

The severity of the disease is variable, but it can cause serious illness in some infected animals. Giardiasis is highly contagious among young babies, adult cats and dogs with weakened immune systems, and pets in close living conditions.

Giardia can be hard to diagnose because Giardiasis symptoms may be indicative of several other medical conditions. Therefore, to ensure the correct diagnosis, Bioguard Corporation has developed and manufactured Giardia (GIA) Ag Test kit, a lateral flow sandwich immunochromatographic assay to rapidly and qualitatively detect GIA in infected dog's and cat's feces.

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Good News!

Bioguard introduces the new "Babesia spp. Ab Rapid Test" and kit.

An excellent feature that can detect most of the notable Babesia species, including Babesia canis, Babesia vogeli, Babesia rossi, and Babesia gibsoni.

The rapid test is also available in a 4-in-1 (VLabs 4BX Plus) combo kit with other prevalent canine tick-borne pathogens (D.immitis, Anaplasma, E.Canis. B.spp.).

Fit for all veterinarian's needs

Contact us directly at [email protected] for more information

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