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Pet owners with heart failure ‘less likely to be readmitted’
Thirty-four per cent of pet owners were readmitted within 60 days, compared to 53 per cent of non-pet owners.
Study suggests higher proportion of non-pet owners are readmitted 

New research suggests that patients with heart failure are less likely to be readmitted to hospital within 60 days if they are pet owners.

Out of 191 patients who took part, 44 owned at least one cat or dog, while 147 did not. Findings published by the Animals & Society Institute suggest 34 per cent of pet owners were readmitted within 60 days, compared to 53 per cent of non-pet owners.

Internal medicine specialist Dr Lili Barsky carried out phone interviews with patients who were admitted to hospital between January 2015 and March 2017. A chi-square test was used to investigate correlations with readmission rates, demographic attributes and clinical attributes between pet owners and non-pet owners.

According to the research paper, no correlation was observed between readmission rates and the variables of pet species or the number owned, socioeconomic class, age, gender, alcohol and tobacco use, ejection fraction, coronary artery disease and clinical management.

Although pet owners tended to be younger, there was no significant difference in the other attributes. Both the readmitted and non-readmitted pet owners endorsed comparable levels of stress and happiness associated with their animals, and identified their pets as ‘companions’.

Enquiring about pet ownership and experience could also be a useful tool in building rapport between patients and physicians, Dr Barsky concluded.

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New single-dose RHD-2 vaccine launched

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 The first monovalent vaccine to be registered in Europe for the prevention of rabbit hemorrhagic disease type 2 (RHD-2) has been launched by animal health firm HIPRA.

ERAVAC is a single-dose injectable emulsion that can be administered without the need for reconstitution beforehand. The new presentation contains 10 vials with individual doses that can be given to companion rabbits from 30 days of age. 

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New canine and feline dentistry manual announced

A new canine and feline dentistry and oral surgery manual has been published by the BSAVA. Announcing the news on its website, the BSAVA said this latest edition contains new step-by-step operative techniques, together with full-colour illustrations and photographs.

‘This is a timely publication; veterinary dentistry is a field that continues to grow in importance for the general veterinary practitioner,’ the BSAVA said. ‘The manual has been fully revised and updated to include the most relevant, evidence-based techniques.’

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dentistry and Oral Surgery, 4th edition is available to purchase from www.bsava.com/shop