The latest issue of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Vol. 21, No. 2, March 2007) is now available online. Of note:

  • “Breed Associations for Canine Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency” (207–214) identifies an association with EPI in four dog breeds, including Chows, a link not previously reported. The study also reports underrepresentation of four breeds, a finding the authors note has also not been previously reported and which “may imply the existence of breed-specific mechanisms that protect pancreatic tissue from injury.”
  • “Relative Adrenal Insufficiency in Dogs with Sepsis” (226–231) finds a link between hypotension and cortisol levels.
  • Two cardiology studies investigate diagnostic methods not currently widely available to practitioners: one evaluates which of four tests is most useful in diagnosing cardiac versus noncardiac dyspnea in dogs (238–242); the other (243–250) evaluates a novel ELISA test for diagnosing CHF in dogs with cough or dyspnea.
  • A study of dogs with anal sac gland cancers (274–280) reveals “4 statistically significant negative prognostic indicators for survival: lack of therapy, presence of distant metastases, presence of lymph node metastases, and primary tumor size.”
  • An article (287–292) reports on a newly recognized feline blood type and explains why some recipients of blood type–matched transfusions have hemolytic reactions.