New issues of the following journals are now available online:


The arrival of a new baby in the house has made it a bit more difficult for catmanager to keep up with the steady stream of new journal issues. I’d love to be providing my usual summaries of articles I find notable, but time (or the lack of it) leaves me no choice but to cut back somewhat.

The following veterinary journals have new issues available online:

    Also now available online are the following individual articles (half are from forthcoming issues of veterinary journals; half are from journals that are not veterinary-specific):

    • An article on feline leishmaniasis appears in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 76, No. 4 (2007).
    • A study accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Physiology (available online now) finds that ” the role of the vestibular system in the control of breathing is to modify baseline respiratory parameters in proportion to the general intensity of ongoing movements, and not to rapidly alter ventilation in accordance with body position.”
    • A study forthcoming in the Journal of Microbiology (available as an OnlineEarly Article now) “demonstrate[s] that rumen fungi can biohydrogenate fatty acids.”
    • A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 104, no. 15 (April 10, 2007) finds that Toxoplasma causes highly specific changes in the brains of rats (previous studies have shown brain changes but not such specifically targeted changes as this study claims).
    • A study forthcoming in Animal Genetics (available as an OnlineEarly Article now) finds that as in mice and dogs mutations in the fibroblast growth factor 5 (FGF5) gene are responsible for differing hair length in cats.
    • A paper forthcoming in the Journal of Small Animal Practice (available as an OnlineEarly Article now) reports on a case of canine sinus arrest caused by atrial myocarditits.
    • A study forthcoming in the Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (available as an OnlineEarly Article now) looks at the use of morphine in dogs.
    • A study forthcoming in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (available as an OnlineEarly Article now) compares “two anaesthetic protocols using lidocaine or medetomidine in horses.”

    The current issue of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Association (Vol. 230, No. 7, 1 April 2007) arrived at the office recently. Of note:

    • An interesting “What Is Your Diagnosis” (995–996) offers a novel presentation of M. haemofelis (although the report does not note any genetic confirmation, only cytologic).
    • An article discusses “Sexual Harassment Issues in Veterinary Practice” (1007–1010), providing a review of sexual harassment law, a series of practical steps to avoid sexual harassment liability (have a written sexual harassment policy, provide training, handle complaints promptly, etc.), and tips for employees who are being sexually harassed.
    • A study (1011–1017; abstract) finds little significant difference between feline blood glucose curves done at home and those done in clinic settings and confirms that for in-home curves “there is significant day-to-day variability . . . even when factors such as insulin dose and meal size remain constant and the cat is at home in a stress-free environment.”
    • A study (1018–1023; abstract) reports on a rare case of Histoplasma capsulatum affecting the nervous system of a cat. Treatment included not only itraconazole but physical therapy, which the authors believe played a significant role in the positive outcome of the case.
    • Two anemia case studies are presented. One, another feline case study (1024–1027; abstract), tells of a cat that presented for acute lethargy and was ultimately diagnosed with immune-mediated erythroid and megakaryocytic aplasia. The other (1028–1031; abstract) tells of a parrot that presented with progressive lethargy (among other symptoms) and was ultimately diagnosed with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.
    • A retrospective case series (1032–1037; abstract) looks at chronic nasal discharge in cats and concludes that it’s difficult to obtain an etiologic diagnosis in many cases. The article reviews standard laboratory tests, imaging, rhioscopy, and biopsy and finds that a combination of the latter three offers “the best chance of diagnosis.”

    New York Times on the recent recall news.

    The Washington Post weighs in too.

    The AP offers a story about the possibility that cats are more susceptible to the contaminants in the recalled pet food.

    We’re not the only ones having problems with recalled food.

    Abaxis held a free “Wellness Testing Program” for pet owners at its Union City, CA, headquarters on Saturday. Cats and dogs that had eaten recalled foods were offered free blood tests.

    From Michigan State, images from a dog that reportedly ate recalled food.

    The Baltimore Sun profiles Maryland horse vet Fred Lewis, who has been practicing for over fifty years. Not that it’s felt like work to him: “‘I can’t retire because I’ve never worked a day in my life.'”

    The following journal issues are now available online:

    A Colorado bill that would have allowed nonveterinarians to offer animal massage, dentistry, breeding, and other services without the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian (but with the written consent of an animal’s owner) was voted down in committee.

    A cure for rabies? A Wisconsin pediatrician appeals to the veterinary community to help perfect the “Milwaukee Protocol.” Dr. Rodney Willoughby, who in 2004 successfully (!) treated a 15-year-old girl infected with rabies is exploring the role of biopterin (yes, another pterin; unlike aminopterin, this one seems to be beneficial) and hopes veterinarians will join him. If you’re a veterinarian (or veterinary college) with intensive care units and you’d like to host animals with full onset rabies, I think Dr. Willoughby would appreciate hearing from you. His full appeal to veterinarians and much more information about his research will be published in the April edition of Scientific American.

    A Seoul veterinarian claims to have cloned a wolf.

    Thais veterinarians hope pornography will encourage pandas in a Thai zoo to mate. (This is a legitimate, AP story published in the New York Times. Really.)

    The Times also runs a story on the recent legislative attempts to ban horse slaughter.

    Recall-related stories
    Recall-related data collected on VIN make it into a snippet of an article in the Chicago Tribune.

    The L.A. Times offers a longer story on the data being collected online. The article mentions VIN and Pet Connection and notes that VIN will be sending a survey out to members to collect “more complete information.” If you’re on VIN, watch for this!

    Watch Early Show veterinarian Dr. Debbye Turner offer advice to pet owners (of course it’s about the pet food recall).

    Listen to a New York veterinarian discuss pet foods (including home-cooked foods) with a reporter from the Lockport (NY) Union-Sun and Journal.

    Canadians (and a surprising number of U.S. citizens) opine about whether pet food should be regulated in Canada.

    Journal issues newly available online:

    • Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Vol. 30, Issue 3 (May 2007)
    • Journal of Applied Microbiology, Vol. 102, Issue 4 (April 2007)
    • Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, Vol. 9, Issue 2 (April 2007) [Note: catmanager will provide a journal summary of this issue at a later time.]
    • Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Vol. 80, Issue 1 (15 June 2007)
    • Theriogenology, Vol. 67, Issue 6 (1 April 2007)
    • Veterinary Parasitology, Vol. 145, Issues 1–3 (10 April 2007)

    The latest issue of the Journal of Small Animal Practice (Vol. 48, Issue 4, April 2007) is now available online. Of note in this issue:

    • A comparison (188–192; abstract) of radiographic, ultrasonographic, and computed tomography evaluations of the middle ear finds that “A combination of radiography and ultrasound can provide a more accurate assessment of the bulla than either of them alone.” The authors caution, however, that because the results are dependent on the skill of the ultrasonographer, this might not be a useful diagnostic modality for all practitioners. In lieu of a combination approach, radiographs are the superior diagnostic tool.
    • A retrospective study (194–200; abstract) evaluates the use of circular external fixators in dogs.
    • A study (202–208; abstract) concludes that aldosterone is a dead end for the study of feline hypertension.
    • A retrospective study (211–217; abstract) investigates the epidemiology (including breed distribution, age of onset, severity of symptoms) of canine keratoconjunctivitis sicca.

    The current Clinician’s Brief (Vol. 5, No. 3, March 2007) arrived this past week. Of note:

    • An overview of feline triaditis (7–10).
    • A management tree for “Chronic Diarrhea in Cats” (12–13).
    • An article (19–22) walking practitioners through a feline perineal urethrostomy (lots of photographs).
    • An article on “Chronic Feline Keratitis” (25–27) that focuses on sample collection and anaylsis.
    • Twelve pages of capsule reviews from the current literarture.
    • A brief article (47–48) reviews Tissumend II, its applications, benefits, and disadvantages.

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