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A free online class brought to you by Bioguard

Are you ready to learn about the Feline Hepatic Lipidosis (FHL) that can be life-threatening for our feline friends?

Get ready to learn how to diagnose and the support required to treat FHL.

Mark your calendars for this upcoming webinar!

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Feline hepatic lipidosis (FHL) is a common and life-threatening liver disease in cats. The disease has multiple factors that cause it. Cats with hepatic lipidosis exhibit several clinical symptoms such as lethargy, vomiting, anorexia, jaundice, dehydration, and constipation. Nutritional support plays a vital role in treating hepatic lipidosis in cats. However, apart from nutritional support, there are other essential aspects that we need to focus on. This course will provide comprehensive information on the diagnosis of hepatic lipidosis and will discuss ten essential rules to help you manage the disease effectively.


Dr. Shijie (CJ) Cao is a highly skilled veterinarian with over 23 years of experience in the field. He received his M.S. in Veterinary Medicine from the National Chung Hsing University in TAIWAN. Dr. Cao's expertise lies in the area of internal medicine for small animals. He has been recognized for his exceptional work by Royal Canin and Boehringer-Ingelheim. In 2023, Dr. Cao founded Cotton Veterinary Hospital in Hangzhou, China, where he continues to provide excellent care to animals and also conducts training programs for young veterinarians.

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Mar. 27

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8 PM – 9 PM


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Reptile-associated salmonellosis (RAS)

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that is commonly found in the gut microbiota of reptiles. Though it is generally harmless, it has been associated with causing diseases in reptiles. Reptile-associated salmonellosis (RAS) is a serious health concern for humans, particularly children. It has been reported that around 6% of human salmonellosis cases are linked to reptile contact, but the precise number is not known.

Salmonella prevalence:

It has been reported that Salmonella prevalence in the intestinal tracts of healthy reptiles, and it was found that snakes had the highest detection rate (56%), followed by lizards (36.9%), and tortoises (34.2%). However, the detection rates for turtles (18.6%) and crocodilians (9%) were considerably lower. Moreover, Salmonella shedding was found to be more common in captive reptiles than those sampled from the wild. The majority of Salmonella strains in reptiles belonged to subspecies I (70.3%), followed by subspecies IIIb (29.7%) and subspecies II (19.6%). It was found that turtles (35.3%) were the most commonly associated reptiles with RAS, followed by lizards (27.1%) and snakes (20.0%). However, it is important to note that the reptiles that cause RAS do not necessarily reflect the prevalence of Salmonella in healthy representatives of that reptile group.

Common clinical symptoms associated with RAS involve:

  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Fever
  • Central nervous symptoms
  • Problems with circulation
  • Respiratory symptoms

The severity of the disease caused by Salmonella in reptiles appears to depend on other factors such as stress, poor husbandry, hygiene, and other infectious agents.

→ Strategies to mitigate the spread of Salmonella through reptiles and to reduce RAS mostly focus on
      education and hygiene, and they have been somewhat successful, but more efforts are needed.
      Many aspects regarding Salmonella in reptiles remain poorly understood, including the mechanisms
      by which Salmonella persists in reptile hosts without causing disease.


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