New study reveals that weight loss in obese dogs

New study reveals that weight loss in obese dogs is associated with improvement of several health markers

New study reveals that weight loss in obese dogs is associated with improvement of several health markers

  • In parallel, another study finds that one third of dog owners do not recognise when their pet is overweight
  • In advance of Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Purina shares insights on some of the studies backed by the Company as a reminder of the role that behavioural science can play in supporting pets and their owners to improve the quality of life for pets.

A new study [1] backed by Purina shows that weight loss in obese dogs is associated with significant improvements of health measures like metabolic status, cardiovascular parameters, life quality and immune-regulation, adding further evidence to the importance of maintaining a healthy weight in pets.

Weight loss in pets is already known to have benefits including reducing the risk of arthritis, a healthier coat and an improved quality of life, but this research also reveals the positive effect on the immune system

This new evidence comes as pet obesity risks are being exacerbated by global lockdowns. From 2015 to 2018, incidence of obesity and overweight classifications in dogs has grown by 2%, and by 1.3% in cats[2]. This may worsen in global lockdowns due to changes in daily routines for owners and pets that impact on pets’ feeding behaviours and exercising activities.

In the study, a cohort of 11 obese dogs were put through a six-month weight loss programme. When compared with a control group of dogs of a healthy weight, the obese dogs showed clinical improvements on a number of key indicators related to immune function, such as reduced tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interleukin (IL)-6, known to impair insulin action in metabolic tissues but also favour cancer development in humans.

Hugues du Plessis, Pet Obesity Prevention Manager, at Purina said: “Preventing pet obesity is a major focus at Purina. We not only want to be providing pet owners with information on the benefits of a healthy pet lifestyle, but we also want to help them achieve it. This is why we are working with partner organisations to understand how behavioural science can be used to support owners, from the recognition of an issue, to the changes that will make a difference. ”

The importance of educating owners is evidenced in another study[3], conducted by Purina in collaboration with experts from five universities[4], that revealed 33% of pet owners could not correctly identify when their pet was overweight.

Including 3,339 dog owners across five countries – France, Germany, Italy, Russia and the United Kingdom -, in addition to showing that owners often struggle to accurately assess whether their dogs are a healthy weight, this new research also found that owners with healthy weight dogs were more likely to have support from friends for exercising and to understand that owning a dog can have costs. These findings add to the knowledge on the root causes of pet obesity and reinforce the need to keep exploring solutions focused on prevention and treatment.  

In fact, prioritising pet health and providing owners with support from the start of pet ownership is essential, as evidenced in a landmark Purina study that showed maintaining an ideal body weight from puppyhood throughout life can increase the lifespan of the dog by 1.8 years[5], and significantly delayed the onset of chronic diseases associated with aging, like osteoarthritis[6].

As part of Purina’s purpose to ‘create richer lives for pets and the people who love them’, the Company is committed to helping reduce the risk of pet obesity through its continuous work with partners across Europe.

[1] Piantedosi D, Palatucci AT, Giovazzino A, et al. Effect of a Weight Loss Program on Biochemical and Immunological Profile, Serum Leptin Levels, and Cardiovascular Parameters in Obese Dogs. Front Vet Sci. 2020;7:398. Published 2020 Aug 6. doi:10.3389/fvets.2020.00398

[2] APOP – www.petobesityprevention.org

[3] Webb, T. L., du Plessis, H., Christian, H., Raffan, E., Rohlf, V., & White, G. A. (2020). Understanding obesity among companion dogs: New measures of owner’s beliefs and behaviour and associations with body condition scores. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 180, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2020.105029

[4] The University of Sheffield, UK; Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia; Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science-Metabolic Research Laboratories, University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK; La Trobe University, Australia; University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, UK

[5] Kealy, R. D., Lawler, D. F., Ballam, J. M., Mantz, S. L., Biery, D. N., Greeley, E. H.,…& Stowe, H. D. (2002). Effects of diet restriction on life span and age-related changes in dogs. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 220(9), 1315–1320. doi:10.2460/javma.2002.220.1315

[6] Lawler, D. F., Larson, B. T., Ballam, J. M., Smith, G. K., Biery, D. N., Evans, R. H.,… & Kealy, R. D. (2008). Diet restriction and ageing in the dog: Major observations over two decades. British Journal of Nutrition, 99(4): 793–805. doi:10.1017/S0007114507871686

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ISVPS Introduces More Clinically Applicable Assessment for its Certificates

ISVPS Introduces More Clinically Applicable Assessment for its Certificates

The International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ISVPS), which accredits veterinary training courses and awards qualifications for veterinary practitioners and veterinary nurses globally, has enhanced the assessment process for its General Practitioner Certificates (GPCerts) and General Practitioner Advanced Certificates (GPAdvCerts) to ensure that its Certificate assessments deliver the highest quality appraisal, while supporting candidates in assimilating their new skills and knowledge.

In addition to the existing multiple-choice (MCQ) question assessment and case report, ISVPS has introduced a new assessment which will test candidates’ problem-solving skills via a ‘spot test,’ during which they will be presented with images, test results, X-rays, videos and other resources.  They will then be asked to demonstrate their experience, knowledge and clinical skills by solving a case-based scenario in which they must justify their approach in a virtual clinical environment.  

Candidates will complete the assessment in the form of an online examination using an advanced technology platform. For their convenience, it will be possible to sit the assessment from their home or clinic using remote invigilation technology, which ISVPS has already introduced successfully for its MCQ assessments.

The format of the new assessment has been devised by ISVPS’ International Assessment Manager, Dr Vera Vicinanza, with the content developed by the ISVPS Specialist examiners.  

Following a year’s development work, Dr Vicinanza submitted proposals for the new assessment to Harper Adams University’s Programme Approvals Committee for approval which has now been granted. Harper Adams provides the higher education body quality assurance for ISVPS in the UK, while global CPD specialist Improve International delivers the training for its Certificate programmes.

Commenting, Dr Vicinanza said: “We believe that the combination of our assessments will be now be even more effective, not only in challenging candidates’ knowledge, but also in how they apply it in the clinical setting.  This will help to ensure sufficient self-reflection on clinical cases and that the candidates’ approach to practical situations is tested more robustly than can be achieved via a written case report or MCQ examination alone.

“The introduction of the new ‘spot test’ and case-based scenario assessment, together with the existing MCQ and case report, is a milestone for ISVPS.  We have worked together to take on board feedback from candidates and from our examiners in order to enhance the examination process we offer to candidates and to provide rigorous assessments to ensure that the learning has been absorbed and understood.”

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Christmas Catalogue

Christmas

It’s not long until Christmas Day!

With that in mind, it’s probably a good time to start planning for the BIG day. 

For most people, this year especially, pets are as much as part of the family as anyone else and rightly so. Including them in the Christmas fun can be rewarding for both you and them.

So, here it is, our Christmas Catalogue 2020! Packed with great gift ideas for dogs, cats and small animals. 

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Product Recall

Product Recall: Carprieve 50 mg/ml Solution for Injection for Cattle

URGENT - PRODUCT RECALL - ACTION REQUIRED

25th September 2020

Dear Customer

Norbrook Laboratories Ltd is recalling stock of the products in the table below. This recall has been requested by the manufacturer.

NVS Product CodeProduct DescriptionAffected Batch NumberExpiry Date
304876Carprieve 50 mg/ml Solution for Injection for Cattle9371-90A
9372-90F
September 2021

What to do next – Please examine your stock immediately and take the following steps.

I have the affected product
 
  I do not have this product

 

  • Quarantine the product.
  • If you have any of the affected stock, then please contact our Customer Services Team on 01782 771111 (Option 3) to arrange the return of the products.
  • This affected product will only be accepted until 9th October 2020, after this date we will not accept this product.

 

  • Please confirm by clicking BELOW and filling in the information required.
I do not have this product

 

If you require any further information please contact our Customer Service Department on 01782 771 111 (Option 3).

Kind regards,

Andrew Duxbury
(Responsible Person)

BVRA Congress 2020

BVRA Congress

BVRA Congress November 27 and 28 2020 Announcement

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and after consultation with the congress venue, we have made the decision to postpone this year’s BVRA Congress until 1 and 2 October 2021.

The health and safety of our delegates, speakers, exhibitors and event staff must be our number one priority.

Your congress booking has been automatically transferred to October 2021 and as a thank you for your patience this year, we are putting on a one-day mini congress, which will be free of charge for those who have already purchased a congress ticket.
From all of us at BVRA we would  like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at our 2021 Congress.

For enquiries or further infomration please contact info@bvra.co.uk

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Product Recall

Product Recall Prednidale 5mg 1000 Tabs

URGENT PRODUCT BATCH RECALL

ONLY TO BE FILLED OUT IF YOU HAVE NONE OF THE AFFECTED STOCK

We have reviewed our stock of: PREDNIDALE 5MG 1000 TABLETS

NVS Product CodeProduct DescriptionAffected Batch NumberExpiry Date
68093Prednidale 5mg 1000 Tabs119501
120633
07/2021
10/2021
Prednidale
Prednidale-1

No units were detected in our stock – I am confirming this on behalf of our practice.

Please fill in details below.      

Product Recall

Product Recall Prednidale 5mg 1000 Tabs

URGENT PRODUCT BATCH RECALL

17th September 2020

Dear Customer

Dechra Veterinary Products is recalling stock of the products in the table below. This recall has been requested by the manufacturer.

NVS Product CodeProduct DescriptionAffected Batch NumberExpiry Date
68093Prednidale 5mg 1000 Tabs119501
120633
07/2021
10/2021
Prednidale
Prednidale-1

 

What to do next – Please examine your stock immediately and take the following steps.

I have the affected product
 
  I do not have this product

 

  • Quarantine the product.
  • If you have any of the affected stock, then please contact our Customer Services Team on 01782 771111 (Option 3) to arrange the return of the products.
  • This affected product will only be accepted until 9th October 2020, after this date we will not accept this product.

 

  • Please confirm by clicking BELOW and filling in the information required.
I do not have this product

 

If you require any further information please contact our Customer Service Department on 01782 771 111.



Fully tailored testing programme

Nationwide Laboratories launch new COVID-19 Testing Service

Nationwide Laboratories launch new COVID-19 Testing Service

One of the UK’s leading veterinary diagnostic laboratories, NWL (NationWide Laboratories), in partnership with FTS (Forensic Testing Service), are now able to offer fully validated Antigen PCR and Antibody testing for COVID-19.

A simple and easy to use collection service will provide businesses with convenience and peace of mind for staff health and well-being in these high-risk times.

The various tests available are:

  • Workplace surface testing
  • Employee testing
  • Pet testing

The RCVS Practice Standards Scheme (a voluntary initiative to accredit veterinary practices in the UK)  sets standards and carries  out regular assessments to aim to promote and maintain the highest standards of veterinary care – our testing packages can help to maintain vigilance of these standards. Dave Charvill, Director of Laboratories at NationWide Laboratories said: “It’s a challenge for businesses who need to protect their clients and safeguard their employees. Providing these services will ensure that employers are informed and if needs be take additional steps to mitigate the ongoing risks of the Covid 19 pandemic and continue to  provide the best care to their patients in this current climate”.

More information is available at www.nwlcapl.co.uk/ or via email COVID19@nwlabs.co.uk.

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