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European campaign against
illegal pet trade
Late 2015, Eurogroup kicked off a major campaign to tackle Europe’s underground and illegal pet trade. ...
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The Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has updated its vaccination guidelines for veterinarians. The WSAVA's Canine and Feline Vaccination Guidelines aim to provide globally applicable recommendations on best practice for the vaccination of dogs and cats to help veterinarians to undertake the practice in a standard and scientifically justified fashion. The 2015 Canine and Feline Vaccination Guidelines also includes a number of additional FAQs (110 in total).
The VGG has also updated the Vaccination Guidelines it offers to pet owners and breeders, as well as the series of fact sheets it has created on key global vaccine-preventable diseases of dogs and cats.
The Vaccination Guidelines were first published in 2007, and were updated in 2010.
Currently available in English, they are being translated into a number of languages. The VGG is supported by MSD Animal Health.
Global vaccination guidelines updated
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International guidelines on CKD in cats
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common, complex and progressive disease that is estimated to affect more than a third of cats over 10 years of age. Affected cats often present with a variety of clinical signs and complications including inappetence, nausea, vomiting, anaemia, hypertension and urinary ...
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World Veterinary Day Award 2016
To celebrate the World Veterinary Day (WVD) that will take place globally on 30 April 2016, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are organising the World Veterinary Day Award 2016 to reward the most successful contribution by the veterinary profession on the selected theme for 2016: Continuing Education with a One Health focus.
The competition is open to all WVA member associations, alone, or in cooperation with any other selected body. The winner association of the 2016 Award will be presented at the Opening Ceremony of the OIE 84th General Session to be held in Paris, France on 22nd May 2016.
For the first time this year, entrants have the possibility to present activities that took place before World Veterinary Day 2016, that are still on-going, or that are planned to take place in the future. Deadline for submission of the application form: 10 May 2016
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Modular Guide Series 1: Worm Control in Dogs and Cats
• Modular Guide Series 3: Control of Ectoparasites in Dogs and Cats
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Quick reference to pet parasites
The European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) has published two modular guides
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Volume 26(1), Spring 2016
European campaign against illegal pet trade
Late 2015, Eurogroup kicked off a major campaign to tackle Europe’s underground and illegal pet trade.
Protect Our Pets, which has a dedicated website, is the first ever pan-European campaign to stop the illegal trafficking of pet animals. The campaign aims to stop the illegal trade of pets within the EU by mitigating the ambiguity that exists over that most opaque part of the pet passport – the age of the given animal. Many Member States already have identification and registration requirements for cats and dogs, but the requirements, information that is held, and how it is recorded differs not only from country to county, but from region to region.
By harmonising these standards, pets would be able to be traced cross border effectively, and each breeder and owner would know that they have the same responsibility to identify and register their animals, wherever they live.
In short, it would close the loophole in the Pet Travel Scheme that allows pets to be traded illegally, via non-commercial means, for purely commercial purposes.
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CKD in cats
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common, complex and progressive disease that is estimated to affect more than a third of cats over 10 years of age. Affected cats often present with a variety of clinical signs and complications including inappetence, nausea, vomiting, anaemia, hypertension and urinary tract infections – as such, the disease can severely compromise quality of life if inadequately managed.
However, the diagnosis of CKD is not always straightforward. Presenting signs can vary between individual cats, and renal function tests can sometimes be problematic to interpret. Furthermore, peer-reviewed published data to support many of the potential therapeutic interventions for feline CKD are lacking. This creates challenges for veterinarians attempting to slow the progression of disease and improve quality of life for their patients.
To address these challenges and guide in the management of CKD, the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), the veterinary division of International Cat Care, has convened an expert panel of veterinary clinicians and academics to produce a critical and practical overview of current diagnostic and treatment options. The resulting ISFM Consensus Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Feline Chronic Kidney Disease are published this month in the ISFM’s flagship Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery*.
*Sparkes AH, Caney S, Chalhoub, et al. ISFM Consensus Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Feline Chronic Kidney Disease. J Feline Med Surg 2018; 18: 219–237.
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to pet parasites
The European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) has published two modular guides:
The new, user-friendly guides are based upon the existing ESCCAP guidelines but are concise, quick-reference cards designed to be either viewed online or printed out onto card stock.
Each topic is presented as a double-sided A5 card illustrated with photographs and life cycles.
The pdf files can be downloaded in English from the main ESCCAP website.
The ESCCAP was formed in 2005. It is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, comprising a group of eminent veterinarians across Europe, all with recognised expertise in the field of parasitology.
The main aim of the organisation is to have a Europe where parasites are no longer an issue for pets or humans. ESCCAP is dedicated to providing access to clear and constructive