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Cat study provides insight into dementia progress
The latest findings also reinforce the benefit of cat owners recognising signs of disease.
The study found parallels in the development of cognitive disease in both cats and humans. 

The University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, alongside the University of California, has found that key proteins linked to cognitive disease are found in similar ways in both cats and humans.
 
This new research demonstrates that the development of feline cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) functions similarly to dementia in several ways. 

It is hoped that these findings will support fast diagnosis and treatment of cognitive disease in cats and humans, as they assist in understanding the indicators of the disease. 

In the study, researchers aimed to understand how beta-amyloid and tau, two key proteins, develop in cats of all ages, and how they relate to the development of CDS. 

The research ultimately found that the accumulation of tau proteins, and the region in the brain in which this occurs, are key indicators of the progress of dementia in cats, and that the clinical signs developed in feline CDS are similar to that of human Alzheimers disease. 

Published in Frontiers in Aging, the study is available to read here

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Prestigious veterinary awards open for nominations

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 Nominations for the prestigious PetPlan Veterinary Awards 2022 are now open, with five accolades up for grabs including: Practice of the Year; Vet of the Year, Vet Nurse of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year and Practice Support Staff.

Anyone can nominate an outstanding veterinary professional or practice for an award, from colleagues to pet owners, friends and family. Nominations remain anonymous, and Petplan will send everyone who receives a nomination a certificate to display in their practice.

Nominations can be made at petplanvet.co.uk and remain open until Monday 10 January. 

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New online CPD otitis podcast created

A new 15 minute podcast on treating animals with otitis has been created by Dechra Veterinary Products. Featuring general practice vet Carolyn Kyte and veterinary dermatology specialist Natalie Barnard, the two vets will discuss their experiences treating otitis, and why owners are significant in successful treatment.

Dechra Brand Manager Carol Morgan commented: "What Carolyn and Natalie bring to the table with their new podcast for the Dechra Academy is a light and insightful discussion about communication and education being the keystone for better otitis outcomes and how vets can improve on their consultation skills to handle cases better."`

The podcast, called 'Think Differently about Otitis', is available to access for free on the Dechra Academy on-demand learning platform here.