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FSA issues update on feline pancytopenia
A number of dry cat food samples were recently recalled over a potential link to feline pancytopenia.
Investigation finds mycotoxins in recalled cat food samples

Researchers investigating a rise in feline pancytopenia cases in the UK have identified the presence of mycotoxins in several recalled dry cat food samples.

A joint statement issued on Friday (16 July) by the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland, reads: “The presence of mycotoxins has been identified in a small number of samples of the recalled cat food tested to date. Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by certain moulds.

“Mycotoxins are widely found in some types of feed and food and do not, in themselves, indicate they are the cause of feline pancytopenia. The business, FSA and other regulators continue to investigate including undertaking wider sampling and also broader screening for any possible toxins.”

Feline Pancytopenia is a rare condition in which the number of red and white blood cells decrease rapidly, leading to serious illness.

Pets at Home, Applaws and Sainsbury’s recently recalled several dry cat food products after researchers at the RVC identified a potential link to the disease. A full list of the affected products is avilable on the FSA website.

According to the latest update from the RVC, a total of 506 cats are now known to have contracted feline pancytopenia, with a mortality rate of 62.5 per cent. The figures are based on cases treated in RVC’s hospitals and information provided by a small number of vets across the UK.  

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Vets asked to opt-in to Scottish SPCA fostering programme

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 The Scottish SPCA is encouraging veterinary practices to opt into its new fostering programme, by agreeing to register foster animals when approached by one of the foster carers.

The programme goes live in August 2021, and will help to rehabilitate animals under the Scottish SPCA's care until they are able to be properly re-homed. The programme will help the animals to receive care and attention in a stable and happy home environment, as some animals do not cope with a rescue and re-homing centre environment as well as others.

Specific information for veterinary practices on the new programme can be found at www.scottishspca.org/veterinarysurgeons 

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Webinar provides insight into old age pets

A new webinar providing insights into the BSAVA PetSavers Old Age Pets citizen science project is now available free of charge to its members via the BSAVA Library

The webinar presents an exclusive insight into the research process and progression of the study, which aims to help veterinary professionals and owners provide the best care for their senior dogs.

It also discusses the study's research methods, the researchers' personal interests in this area of study, and how they envisage the findings being used to create a guidance tool to improve discussions between vets and owners about their ageing dogs.