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Webinar: Diagnosis and treatment of pancreatitis in cats.

The free class "Continuous learning with Bioguard" theme for this month will be conducted on June 29, 2022, hosted by Dr. Hung-Shi Chiou, DVM, MVM, DCSVP.

Dr. Chiou has obtained his Master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine (M.V.M) from the National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan. He has expertise in veterinary pathology, zoo animal pathology, domestic animal disease, and comparative pathology. He possesses solid and ample academic and industrial experience. Currently, he is working as a veterinary pathologist at Animed Co., Ltd (Taiwan).

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In this webinar, he will be focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of cat pancreatitis based on the ACVIM consensus statement. Pancreatitis in cats is commonly diagnosed, still presents many diagnostic and management challenges. Pancreatitis is amenable to antemortem diagnosis by integrating all clinical and diagnostic information available, and recognizing that acute pancreatitis is far easier to diagnose than chronic pancreatitis. Although both forms of pancreatitis can be managed successfully in many cats, management measures are far less clearly defined for chronic pancreatitis. Management of pancreatitis in cats remains challenging and definitive treatments are currently unavailable. Accurate diagnosis of pancreatitis in cats requires the integration of history and clinical findings, diagnostic imaging, laboratory data, and potentially cytology or histopathology. Depending on the clinical findings in an individual cat, additional diagnostic tests to rule out other differential diagnoses may be needed. Management of acute pancreatitis involves treatment of potential causes, fluid therapy, analgesics, antiemetics, nutritional support, and other symptomatic and supportive care as needed.

Register For the Free Class

Date: June 29, 2022

Time: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Taipei time, GMT+8)

Presenter: Dr. Hung-Shi Chiou

Cost: FREE

E-certificate will be issued to attendants joining the webinar for at least 50 minutes.

Bioguard is looking forward to seeing you at this event. Happy Learning!

The research aims to end vaccine refrigeration

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The World Health Organization estimates that at least 50 percent of vaccines are wasted each year globally, with a lack of facilities and temperature control the primary cause.

Recently published in Acta Biomaterialia, CSIRO researchers encapsulated live virus vaccines with a dissolvable crystalline material called MOFs (metal-organic frameworks), 

which protected the integrity of the vaccines for up to 12 weeks and at temperatures as high as 37 degrees Celsius. Without refrigeration, the vaccines would otherwise last only a few days.

CSIRO scientist and immunologist Dr. Daniel Layton said the breakthrough science would now focus on proving the approach for other animal and human vaccines, including mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. The research focused on two different types of live viruses as proofs of concept, a Newcastle Disease vaccine designed to protect poultry and a strain of Influenza A. When MOFs were formed around the vaccines, they helped preserve the vaccine molecules from heat stress. A solution was then used that dissolved the MOF for administering the vaccine. CSIRO senior scientist Dr. Cara Doherty said MOFs was the perfect material for protecting vaccines from temperature variations. CSIRO researcher and author of the paper, Ruhani Singh, said the technique was cost-effective and scalable.

The team continues to progress this research and is looking to partner with animal and human health companies to commercialize their work. Their research forms part of CSIRO's biomedical research, aiming to generate new opportunities for Australian businesses and increase national sovereign capability.


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Importance of feline diarrheal disease testing

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Although diarrhea can be prevalent in animals if it is mild or lasts for only a few days. However, severe diarrhea can be very dangerous. In cats, diarrhea can be caused by many reasons. The most common causes could be diet/ dietary allergy or pathogenic infection caused by various infectious agents. These infectious agents include viruses (such as feline parvovirus), bacteria (such as Salmonella), and parasites (such as Giardia).

In cats, infection of parvovirus attacks and kills cells that are fast-growing and dividing, e.g., cells in the bone marrow, intestines, or even in a developing fetus. The signs of feline parvovirus infection can be very similar to other illnesses; however, the first visible symptoms can be high fever, lethargy, nasal discharge, vomiting, dehydration, and severe diarrhea.

Therefore, a diarrheal infection could signify a parvovirus infection regardless of the cat's age. Bioguard has developed and manufactured a sandwich lateral flow immunochromatographic assay named: Bioguard Feline Parvovirus (FPV) Ag Test for the rapid and qualitative detection of feline parvovirus in cat feces.

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Giardia (GIA) Ag Test for Feline Giardia infection diagnosis

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Giardiasis is a parasitic disease that occurs when cats eat, drink, or smell something contaminated by Giardia duodenalis. This tiny single-celled parasite infects the small intestines of its host animal.

The severity of the disease is variable, but it can cause severe illness and diarrhea in infected cats. Giardiasis is highly contagious among young kittens, adult cats with weakened immune systems, and cats in close living conditions.

Giardia can be hard to diagnose because Giardiasis symptoms may indicate several other medical conditions. Bioguard Corporation has developed and manufactured a Bioguard Giardia (GIA) Ag Test assay kit that can ensure a rapid, qualitative and correct diagnosis of GIA in cat feces.

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