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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 a veterinary pathologist at Animed Co., Ltd (Taiwan).

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In this webinar, Dr. Chiou will be focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of cat pancreatitis based on the ACVIM consensus statement. Pancreatitis in cats is commonly diagnosed but 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!

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Can pets get COVID-19?

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PC: A dog wears a paper cup over its mouth, Feb. 4, 2020. (GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

Yes, cats and dogs can get the virus that causes COVID-19. But it's rare, and symptoms are mild. As the omicron variant spreads, COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Some wonder if they should worry about their pets if they get infected.

To verify this is true, the Verify team turned to public health and veterinary experts, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC,  the USDA, and Dr. Christine Klippen from Friendship Animal 

Hospital in D.C. Our experts confirm that animals like cats and dogs can get the virus that causes COVID-19. "The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals during close contact," wrote the CDC. "Pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19." Dr. Klippen said that these cases are extremely rare.

The AVMA released data in March 2021, which found that infections had been reported in just 115 cats and 81 dogs across the globe. According to the AVMA, the infection had also been reported in 419 mink farms, 27 big captive cats, 3 captive gorillas, 1 domestic ferret, and one wild mink. The USDA also tracks these infections and found that in the U.S., 108 cats have tested positive for COVID-19 so far, and 94 dogs have done so. "These are very, very small numbers," said Klippen. "Because again, it is a disease of people primarily."

According to the CDC, animals like dogs and cats face minimal symptoms if they get infected with COVID-19, including fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, lethargy, sneezing, runny nose, eye discharge, vomiting, and diarrhea. The CDC said that typical social distancing methods could be used to limit the passing of COVID-19 to a pet.

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Good news! We are happy to announce that Bioguard Corporation is now launching its newest item, the Babesia spp. Ab test kit. It can detect different Babesia species, including Babesia canis, Babesia vogeli, Babesia rossi, and Babesia gibsoni.

For more information please send us a message at: [email protected]

Importance of Feline Parvovirus (FPV) testing

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Parvovirus is everywhere in the environment and can survive for up to a year. In cats, parvovirus infection arises when a healthy cat comes in contact with an infected cat's urine, stool, and nasal secretions. 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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Feline Giardia (GIA) infection and diagnostic test

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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).

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 to ensure a rapid, qualitative and correct diagnosis of GIA in cat feces.

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