Photo op: How thermal imaging is helping keep pets healthy

Thermal imaging devices are in use for many applications where quick identification of temperature change is helpful. Thermography is used in industry, outer space, the military, by your local HVAC guy, and for medical screening. Currently, thermal imaging is in the news because of temperature-screening devices used in airports. As businesses, social venues, and event and travel spaces develop safer protocols for gathering people, temperature screening has become widespread.

Thermography and facial recognition software for …

Is immunotherapy the key to wiping out canine cancer?

An intact and functional immune system is essential to protect an organism against invading pathogens and infectious disease. However, the immune system also plays a pivotal role in identifying and eliminating transformed cells that, if left unchecked, would progress to cancer.

Clinical evidence of the immune system’s ability to control cancer comes from a number of observations in both the veterinary and medical settings. Consider the following examples:

Cats receiving chronic immunosuppression following renal …

Creature comforts: Designing a facility with patient care in mind

As veterinarians, we know a visit to a veterinary clinic can often be a stressful event for clients and their pets. In designing our new Pet Wellness and Urgent Care Center in Marion, Ill., we placed a special focus on providing not only a high standard of medical care, but also a comfortable environment that is as anxiety-free as possible for animals and their human companions.
Offering treatment for dogs, cats, birds and reptiles, …

Pain: The underdiscussed vital sign

Recognition and assessment of the presence of pain is a routine and central part of every physical exam. The pain score has been called the ‘fourth’ vital sign, in addition to temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate.

CBD or CBD and THC combined?

While cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are both phytocannabinoids derived from cannabis plants, differences in their chemical structures allow each to interact with unique receptors, resulting in distinct molecular targets and physiological effects. Namely, THC shows high affinity toward CB1 receptors, which are present in central and peripheral neurons, resulting in the euphoric effect commonly attributed to cannabis intoxication. In contrast, CBD does not bind CB1 at relevant concentrations and is nonintoxicating. Instead, CBD interacts, …

Is a heartworm vaccine on the horizon?

Protecting dogs from deadly parasites and combating drug resistance to heartworm medications are the central goals behind a new Morris Animal Foundation-funded study.