The latest Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (Vol. 230, No. 6, 15 March 2007) arrived yesterday at catmanager’s office. Of note:

  • An article (808–819) addresses biosecurity and biocontainment on large dairy farms.
  • “Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2007” (833–840) offers recommendations for animal rabies control and prevention programs.
  • Twenty-one capsule reviews (842–850) assess a wide range of newer veterinary books (on topics ranging from animal welfare to vaccinology for fish).
  • A study (855–861; abstract here) reports on the use of subcutaneous vascular access ports for collecting blood from feline donors. The authors compare this method of blood collection with standard venipuncture and find that it offers several advantages, including faster collection time, better patient tolerance, and possibly lower bacterial contamination. On the other hand, the ports must be surgically implanted, and a variety of complications, including port disconnection and port erosion, were noted.
  • An anecdotal study reports (862–867; abstract here) on “Dietary patterns of cats with cardiac disease.” Catmanager feels the study demonstrates more about the difficulties of conducting nutrition research in cats than it reveals about feline dietary patterns. The authors conclude, after all, that “Dietary intake in cats with cardiac disease was variable,” a conclusion based in part on data collected from a survey in which “78% of owners could not quantify their cat’s food intake.” Oy.
  • A retrospective study (880–884; abstract here) asks what might be causing diabetes mellitus in cats that have undergone kidney transplantation. (Yes, this was an issue laden with feline research.)
  • A study (885–889; abstract here) examines risk factors for acute laminitis in horses.

Catmanager needs to do more investigation of this, but it seems to me that the number of practices for sale in each issue of JAVMA is drying up. The current issue has 51 listings, down from 67 in the last issue. Perhaps this is just a seasonal fluctuation?

Finally, if you like to “stay up late and sleep in every morning,” then the Ashburn Farm Animal Hospital in Ashburn, VA, wants you to work for them (948).