Journal Club


Focus on Canine Noise-Induced Fear

Fear of thunderstorms, fireworks, loud noises, gunshots, and vacuum cleaners is a common behavioral problem of companion animals. Between 17% and 49% of dogs experience an aversion to noise,1 and the resulting stress, anxiety, and exhibited behaviors may negatively affect animal health, life span, welfare, and the human–animal bond. Noise fear is manifested in many …


Focus on Infectious Diseases

It seems to be getting harder and harder for veterinarians to “keep up.” Advances in technology result in ongoing discoveries every week, and the number of journals with important information appears to grow exponentially. In this Journal Club column, some key articles about infectious diseases are highlighted. You may not have come across them in …


Focus On Dermatology

Over the past year, the Journal of Veterinary Dermatology has published over 70 articles. The following abstracted articles are particularly applicable to small animal practitioners as these selected articles advance understanding of diagnostic or treatment options for canine allergic dermatitis and provide rational guidelines for diagnosis and antimicrobial therapy of canine superficial bacterial folliculitis (SBF). …


Focus on Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common endocrinopathy of dogs and cats, and management can be challenging. A great deal of individual variability exists with regard to insulin type and dosing, and there are several potentially life-threatening sequelae of poor management. In this Journal Club column, synopses of several recent publications, with relevant clinical implications regarding …


Further Exploring Article References

Two articles in this issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice mention new studies recently published in the scientific literature, and this column provides the perfect forum to further explore the research referenced. From Feline Protozoa: Recommendations from the Companion Animal Parasite Council A New Species of Tritrichomonas (Sarcomastigophora: Trichomonida) from the Domestic Cat (Felis catus)  Walden HS, Dykstra C, …


Feline Kidney Disease 

FOCUS ON FELINE KIDNEY DISEASE Kidney diseases are a critical part of feline medicine, yet we still have so much to learn about disorders of this organ. Thankfully, a lot of research is being accomplished in this area, and following are some of the most intriguing papers recently published. In a pair of papers, Monaghan and colleagues discuss …


Focus On Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is a common condition in both dogs and cats, and small animal practitioners need to feel comfortable with the long-term management of these patients. The following 4 abstracts highlight articles that provide useful insight into the management of both feline and canine diabetics. The study by Hafner and colleagues looked at placement sites …


Focus on Otitis

Over the past year, more than 20 journal articles addressing otitis in dogs and cats have been published worldwide. The following four abstracted articles provide useful preliminary data for practitioners on treatment of ear disease. Multidrug resistance can present a challenge when treating otic infections, particularly those caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococci and Pseudomonas species. There …


Focus on Cardiology

Within the past 12 months, over 140 journal articles discussing veterinary canine or feline heart disease have been published worldwide. The 4 article abstracts presented provide immediately useful information for practitioners and offer new insights into the future of veterinary cardiology. The PROTECT study established the use of pimobendan in Doberman pinschers with preclinical dilated cardiomyopathy. … Protection Status
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