Dr. Deborah Breitstein recently returned from the European spring veterinary conference, Voorjaarsdagen, held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It was her fourth year consecutive conference presence. She brought back many new and interesting practice ideas to her veterinary hospital. Many of the speakers and attendees were delayed or couldn't attend due to the volcano eruption in Iceland. One of the veterinary specialist speakers, Dr. Wilke from the Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine presented his talks on Skype which actually was a very novel and well received format. Dr. Breitstein concentrated her learning efforts on osteoarthritis in cats, making her practice a cat friendly place to be and senior cat concerns including high blood pressure which can have deleterious effects on the heart and kidney as well as lead to premature blindness. It's clear that high blood pressure is not good for use and now we know the effects on our furry friends, too. A new test available from Idexx laboratories can aid veterinarians in determining if the heart murmurs we hear are actually a functional concern for overworking the heart muscle. A simple blood test can be especially relevant in dog breeds at risk and cats in general and can aid in determination of the need for cardiology diagnostics and consultation with specialists such as Dr. Goodwin of Garden State Veterinary Specialists as well as aid in determination of effectiveness of medical management and treatment of certain heart diseases. Many medications and procedures and protocols for animals are similar in Europe but it still was interesting to see common veterinary companies with their Dutch counterparts: Hill's Pet Nutrition, Pfizer Animal Health, Idexx Laboratories, and Bayer Healthcare to name a few.
Many people are also unaware that up to 20 % of healthy cats and kittens can carry the bacteria known to cause cat scratch disease. This fact can be important for new kitten owners as well as seasoned pet parents as this disease is transmitted to people through play activity though scratches and/or "love nibbles". Dr. Breitstein and the doctors and team of Animal Health Care of Marlboro have advocated testing all new kittens at introduction into households as well as those cats who may exhibit a myriad of clinical signs including, but not limited to, chronic upper respiratory problems, skin diseases such as acne and even is cases of premature or excessive dental disease. These recommendations are in keeping with the AAFP: American Association of Feline Practioners and the UK counterpart the Wellcare Cat Initiative.
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