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Get familiar with Feline Infectious Peritonitis, sponsored by Bioguard Corporation and presented by Dr. Hung-Shi Chiou; this is the next webinar you would like to attend.

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Feb 21

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8 PM – 9 PM

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This webinar is about diagnosing feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), which will provide attendees with vital information to recognize cats presenting with FIP. FIP can be challenging to diagnose owing to the lack of pathognomonic clinical signs or laboratory changes, especially when no effusion is present. This webinar will include a review of FIP and the information on each diagnostic test’s sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic accuracy in FIP. From this webinar, attendees can learn the result interpretation of each test.


Dr. Hung-Shi Chiou graduated from the National Taiwan University in Taiwan, obtaining his master’s degree in veterinary pathology. He is a board-certified veterinary pathologist in Taiwan with expertise in diagnostic pathology, surgical pathology, and lab animal pathology.

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Effect of environmental contaminants on the health of pet cats

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Credit: Ehime University

Companion animals are in close contact with human surroundings, and there is growing concerned about the effects of harmful substances on the health of pet cats. This study investigated the potential health effects of organohalogen compounds (OHCs) on thyroid hormone (TH) homeostasis and metabolomics in pet cats in Japan. There was a significant negative correlation between concentrations of several contaminants, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), hydroxylated PCBs (OH-PCBs), hydroxylated PBDEs (OH-PBDEs), and total THs (L-thyroxine, 3,5,3'-triiodo-L-thyronine, and 3,3,’ 5'-triiodo-L-thyronine) in cat serum samples. These results suggested that exposure to OHCs causes a decrease in serum TH levels in pet cats.

In this metabolomics study, each exposure level of parent compounds (PCBs and PBDEs) and their hydroxylated compounds (OH-PCBs and OH-PBDEs) were associated with their unique primary metabolic pathways, suggesting that parent and phenolic compounds exhibit different mechanisms of action and biological effects. The OPLS-DA revealed that concentrations of 13 metabolites had four negative or nine positive correlations with PCB concentrations in pet cat serum samples. The concentrations of 16 metabolites exhibited five negative or 11 positive correlations with total OH-PCBs concentrations. In contrast, of the 16 metabolite concentrations, two had negative, and 14 had positive correlations with PBDEs concentrations in pet cat serum samples. Of the concentrations of 12 metabolites, two exhibited negative, and 10 exhibited positive correlations with OH-PBDEs concentrations. PCBs were associated with many metabolic pathways, including glutathione and purine metabolism. These results demonstrated that OHC exposure causes chronic oxidative stress in pet cats. PBDEs were positively associated with alanine, aspartate, and glutamate metabolism. Due to the chronic exposure of cats to mixtures of these contaminants, the combination of their respective metabolic pathways may have a synergistic effect.

These results indicate it is necessary to pay specific attention to the onset of lifestyle-related diseases due to abnormal lipid metabolism in pet cats. Pet cats have faced lifestyle challenges in recent years due to the increase in type 2 diabetes and cardiogenic arterial thromboembolism. Providing companion animals with adequate care and an environment with low exposure to OHCs is an important consideration in maintaining the health and well-being of pets. Therefore, reducing the OHC contained in the indoor environment and pet food is necessary. In addition, it is essential to clarify the toxic effects of pollutants on pet cats.

The research was published by Kei Nomiyama et al., Health impact assessment of pet cats caused by organohalogen contaminants by serum metabolomics and thyroid hormone analysis, Science of The Total Environment (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.156490

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Pathologists at the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Lab have identified a new strain of canine distemper virus. No virus in this subgroup has been reported in domesticated dogs. The new virus has been diagnosed in eight carnivorous mammals in southeast New Hampshire and north central Vermont over one year.

Canine Distemper is a morbillivirus, the same genus that includes measles. The virus is highly contagious and capable of jumping to different species. Dogs infected with the virus most often have a respiratory disease with oral and nasal discharge, gastroenteritis, and, eventually, neurologic illness. Distemper virus vaccine is a core vaccine in the standard protocol for domestic puppies and dogs.

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The new strain is significantly distinct from the strains targeted by current vaccines. The virus was previously identified in a single raccoon in Rhode Island in 2004. So far, animals affected include gray foxes, skunks, raccoons, mink, and fishers. This can have a significant impact on the wild carnivores in New England. The results of these cases are published in the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation (Needle DB, Burnell VC, Forzán MJ, et al. Infection of eight mesocarnivores in New Hampshire and Vermont with a distinct clade of canine distemper virus in 2016–2017. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 2019;31(4):562-567. doi:10.1177/1040638719847510).

Pathologists found lesions from the virus on necropsy of animals acting strangely. The samples were sent to Cornell University and the University of Georgia, where the virus was isolated and sequenced.

Although no domestic pets have been affected by the virus, this does not mean they are safe from the new strain. Researchers recommend vaccinating dogs if they are not up to date. There has yet to be a word if current vaccines protect against the new strain. However, the growth of the anti-vaccine movement in veterinary medicine means that more and more owners opt not to vaccinate their dogs with even the basic core vaccines. This puts even more dogs at risk of contracting and suffering severely from any strain of the canine distemper virus.

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VLabs 3RX Rapid Test for canine respiratory infection diagnosis:

Canine respiratory infection is a highly contagious respiratory disease in dogs. The condition is quickly transmitted through droplets or asymptomatic dogs, as most pathogens are ubiquitous. Classical primary pathogens of respiratory infections in canines include canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus type 2, and canine influenza virus (H3N8 and H3N2).

Bioguard has designed and manufactured VLabe 3RX Rapid Test, a sandwich lateral flow immunochromatographic assay to detect canine respiratory infections quickly and correctly ocular and nasal discharge of the suspected dog.

This 3-in1 combo test can detect the following:
• Canine Distemper Virus (CDV Antigen)
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