The Therapeutic Power of Monoclonal Antibody Therapy
Biotherapeutics are still relatively new in veterinary medicine. This article reviews biologic therapy as it relates specifically to monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and covers the only fully licensed and commercially available product, lokivetmab (Cytopoint).
Telmisartan for Treating Systemic Hypertension
A review of the mechanism of action of the angiotensin II receptor blocker telmisartan; plus, its use in veterinary medicine to date.
Gabapentin and Amantadine for Chronic Pain: Is Your Dose Right?
Pain management is an important element of chronic conditions, and the use of gabapentin and amantadine for dogs and cats is a possible treatment.
The scientific mechanisms of gabapentin and amantadine support their use as part of analgesic protocols for chronic pain relief in dogs and cats. Each can effectively treat chronic pain, but how do you know when to choose one drug over the other?
Pimobendan and Heart Disease
Pimobendan is a benzimidazole-pyridazinone derivative, labeled for use in dogs to manage congestive heart failure (CHF) resulting from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) or degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) in the United States. On the basis of its positive inotropic effects combined with arteriovenous dilation, it is classified as an inodilator.1 In this article, we provide relevant …
MRSA in the Veterinary Clinic: Management of Pets and People
Malia Ireland, DVM, MPH, Leslie Kollmann, BS, CVT, AAS, Joni Scheftel, DVM, MPH, DACVPM Staphylococcus aureus is a human-host adapted, Gram-positive bacteria commonly found on the skin and in the nasal passages of people. Often considered a commensal organism, it is also an opportunistic pathogen, causing skin and invasive infections. Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) was …
2018 Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)® Report: A Feline Focus on Antimicrobial Usage
Molly McAllister, DVM, MPH, VP Veterinary Science Banfield Pet Hospital From the Field shares insights from Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary team members. Drawing from the nationwide practice’s extensive research, as well as findings from its electronic veterinary medical records database and more than 8 million annual pet visits, this column is intended to explore topics …
How Can We Address Antimicrobial Resistance Head On?
Molly McAllister, DVM, MPH Banfield Pet Hospital, Portland, Oregon Welcome to VET Report Vitals, a column focused on the results of the groundbreaking Banfield Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET) Report, “Are We Doing Our Part to Prevent Superbugs? Antimicrobial Usage Patterns Among Companion Animal Veterinarians.” This report, a collaboration between the NAVC and Banfield Pet Hospital, …
What Does a Rise in Antimicrobial Resistance Mean?
Molly McCallister, DVM, MPH Banfield Pet Hospital, Portland, Oregon VET Report Vitals focuses on the results of the groundbreaking Banfield Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET) Report™ “Are We Doing Our Part to Prevent Superbugs? Antimicrobial Usage Patterns Among Companion Animal Veterinarians.” This report, a collaboration between the NAVC and Banfield Pet Hospital, aims to promote prudent antimicrobial use among …
Behavior Medications: Which Medication, Which Patient?
The best treatment approaches in veterinary behavioral medicine are often multimodal. At the core of state-of-the art multimodal treatment is smart, rational, and effective use of behavioral medication…