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Winn Feline Foundation Podcasts on Feline Health

Presentations from Winn Feline Foundation on Feline Health Studies and the latest research in feline disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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Feline Compulsive Disorders

Dr. Dodman provided information on the common presentation of three compulsive behaviors in cats - wool sucking/pica, psychogenic alopecia and feline hyperesthesia syndrome. He addressed the cause and treatment of each disorder, including genetic foundations, environmental pressures that trigger them, and environmental and pharmacologic therapies that have been shown to reduce, or in some cases practically eliminate their expression. He outlined a phenotypic study of wool sucking funded by Winn, listing potential causes and preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the occurrence of this troubling and occasionally lethal condition. Also, Dr. Dodman discussed findings of a Winn-funded study to locate atypical genomic regions in Birman cats affected with this condition.


5 Jul 2016

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Feline Chronic Kidney Disease: Novel Approaches to Treatment Strategies and Supportive Care

Steve Dale, well-known pet advocate and host of Steve Dale's Pet World is Master of Ceremonies of the  35th annual Winn Feline Foundation Symposium. He introduces Jessica Quimby, DVM, DACVIM, a clinical scientist from Colorado State University, presents information on two Winn funded studies related to feline chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease is a common progressive disease in elderly cats that currently had no cure other than a kidney transplant. Novel treatment strategies and options for supportive care are important in treating this disease. The presentation focuses on the potential use of mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of feline chronic kidney disease as well as the use of appetite stimulants for supportive care. It begins with a review of stem cell therapy principles and potential application to kidney disease and then discusses clinical trial results. Nutritional management of cats with kidney disease is discussed as well as the recent results of the mirtazapine appetite stimulant clinical trial. The presentation was delivered on June 27, 2013 at the 35th Winn Feline Foundation Symposium on Feline Health in Vancouver WA.


30 Jun 2013

Rank #2

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Winn Feline Foundation's 40th Annual Symposium-"Perplexing Paradigms of Feline Medicine, Part Two"

Please join Winn Feline Foundation at the second half of our 40th Annual Symposium with Dr. Melissa Beall, DVM, PhD, of IDEXX Laboratories, Portland, ME.  Despite its discovery over 50 years ago, the feline leukemia virus (FeLV) continues to challenge our thinking about the nature of the disease and our ability to diagnose the infection.  Testing, vaccination, and segregating progressively infected cats remain effective practices to help control the spread of the disease. Results of this new research are helping to inform improvements in medical decisions and long-term patient care.

1hr 24mins

5 Jul 2018

Rank #3

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Longevity in Cats: A Global Study

Please join Dr. Glenn Olah, the President of Winn Feline Foundation, as he interviews Dr. Philip Fox on June 26, 2014. Dr. Fox, DVM, DACVIM, DECVIM, ACVECC Vincent Astor Chair in Comparative Medicine at the Caspary Institute, Animal Medical Center, in New York City, was one of the speakers at the 36th Annual Winn Symposium in New Orleans. The interview will provide information regarding the most common heart disease found in cats, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The Foundation has been a leader in looking at the incidence, pathogenesis and potential treatments for feline heart disease, especially in the form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Philip Fox’s research through the Animal Medical Center has lead to a international collaborative study that has identified risk factors for heart failure and survival in normal healthy cats and cats with HCM and will discuss the impact on feline health of heart disease, renal failure, and cancer. This  is an extensive study in cats and will offer a large amount of information about cat health over a range of organ systems in addition to the heart-related implications.


9 Jul 2014

Rank #4

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What is new in feline genetics for 2014

Dr. Leslie Lyons,renowned geneticist from the University of Missouri, is interviewed by Dr. Vicki Thayer of the Winn Feline Foundation. Dr. Lyons and her team have recently found four mutations in cats. Dr. Lyons describes the mutations and the importance they have for cat health or phenotype. Join Winn and Dr. Lyons to hear about these exciting new findings. The interview was conducted at the recent International Cat Conference held at the Center for Companion Animal Health, part of the University of California-Davis.


11 Sep 2014

Rank #5

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An Update on Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Research

Research on FIP has steadily progressed over the last decade. Join veterinary professionals and breeders at the presentation of Dr. Niels Pedersen from the University of California-Davis, a world-renowned researcher on infectious diseases in cats, during the 2011 Winn Feline Foundation Symposium in Reston, VA. Dr. Pedersen describes how some of our concepts of disease pathogenesis, potential treatment modalities, mutations within the virus that affect the virulence, genetic susceptibility of the host cat, and disease prevention have either changed or have become much clearer. The role of breeders and their veterinarians in solving the problem of FIP remains even more important today than at any time in the past.

1hr 1min

20 Feb 2013

Rank #6

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2016 Winn Symposium ~ Cat Tails of Genetics and Behavior

Dr. Glenn Olah, President of Winn Feline Foundation, gives a brief history of Winn's major research milestones from 1968 and in recent years. Dr. Olah introduces the first speaker, Dr. Leslie Lyons, for the 2016 Winn Symposium. Dr. Lyons, PhD, is the Gilbreath-McLorn Endowed Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. The introduction delivers background on the cutting edge feline medicine Winn has provided to cats over the years and the exceptional investigators like Dr. Lyons who perform the health studies.


5 Jul 2016

Rank #7

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Understanding the role of GI bacteria in kittens with diarrhea

Please join us at the 37th annual Winn Feline Foundation Symposium in Toronto on July 2, 2015. Steve Dale, internationally known radio personality and Master of Ceremonies, introduces Dr. Jody Gookin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Associate Professor from North Carolina State University. Dr. Gookin presents "Understanding the probiotic versus pathogenic role of gut bacteria in kittens with diarrhea".She will cover her Winn sponsored research into the role of intestinal bacteria, specifically enterococci and pathogenic E. coli, in causing diarrhea and diarrhea-associated death in kittens. Discussion will include the discovery of the role these bacteria play in health and disease in kittens. Collaboration among several organizations has led to a better understanding of the bacteria both through modeling the pathogenic effects of the bacteria in the laboratory and case studies in kittens in foster or shelter care. She will also review the progress research has made in developing tests and treatment approaches for such critical infections.


7 Jul 2015

Rank #8

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Winn Feline Foundation 39th Symposium - "Ending FIP, Is There Hope?", Part Two

Dr. Niels Pedersen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, discusses the current prospects for preventing and treating feline infectious peritonitis in cats. FIP has remained a major problem of cats for over five decades. We now understand where and how the virus that causes FIP mutates from the ubiquitous and otherwise innocuous feline coronavirus (FECV). However, we are only just beginning to untangle the complex virus, host and environmental factors that have the most effect on FIP incidence and how this knowledge can be applied to both disease prevention and cure. Following Dr. Pedersen's outstanding presentation, Dr. Vicki Thayer, executive director of Winn Feline Foundation, will introduce Winn's future Cures4CatsDay for October 21, 2017. Questions and answers by Dr. Pedersen will follow that short presentation.

2hr 17mins

4 Jul 2017

Rank #9

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Current Research of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) in Cats

Join Dr. Vicki Thayer, Executive Director of the Winn Feline Foundation, as she interviews Beth Licitra, a combined DVM/PhD candidate from Cornell University about current research into the pathogenesis of FIP virus in cats. Beth Licitra is a key member and spokesperson for Dr. Gary Whittaker’s Laboratory at Cornell University. Winn has provided funding for the research where the Whittaker Laboratory found the correlation between mutations in the FCoV spike protein and the development of FIP. She presented the results as an abstract at the 2013 ACVIM Annual Meeting.


9 Jul 2014

Rank #10

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Introduction to the 2011 Winn Feline Foundation Symposium on Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

Steve Dale, well-known pet advocate and host of Steve Dale's Pet World, is Master of Ceremonies for the 2011 Winn Feline Foundation Symposium on Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) held in Reston, VA on June 23, 2011. He introduces two world-renowned researchers in the field of feline infectious disease, Dr. Al Legendre and Dr. Niels Pedersen, to the listening audience and discusses the importance of support for research on FIP. Please join the discussion at the dinner symposium.


20 Feb 2013

Rank #11

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Stem Cell Treatment for Chronic Renal Disease in Cats

Join Dr. Vicki Thayer, President of the Winn Feline Foundation, as she interviews Dr. Jessica Quimby on current research into the use of stem cell therapy for chronic renal disease in cats. Dr. Quimby is a veterinary clinical scientist located at the veterinary teaching hospital at Colorado State University (CSU). Dr. Quimby was part of the research team from CSU funded by Winn Feline Foundation in 2007 to study the use of stem cells in cats with renal disease. Stem cell therapy is a new frontier in treatment and Winn Feline Foundation has been on the cutting edge by funding cat health studies in this area. Dr. Quimby discusses the current state of stem cell research for chronic renal disease.


19 Feb 2013

Rank #12

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Superficial Fungal Skin Disease in Cats

Steve Dale, well-known pet advocate and host of Steve Dale's Pet World, discusses the Ricky Fund in the Winn Feline Foundation which supports research regarding feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He follows with introducing Dr. Karen Moriello (DVM, DACVD), an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this presentation, Dr. Moriello discusses new findings regarding two superficial fungal skin diseases of cats. Malassezia dermatitis (yeast overgrowth) is the most common superficial skin disease and is often under recognized and under diagnosed. The second most common superficial skin disease of cats is dermatophytosis or ringworm. Ringworm is a concern for people due to its zoonotic potential. This talk discusses what is new and useful in the area of diagnosis, treatment, and disinfection. In addition, a brief discussion of what to do when you suspect an outbreak is detailed. The presentation was delivered on June 27, 2013 at the 35th Winn Feline Foundation Symposium on Feline Health in Vancouver WA.

1hr 20mins

30 Jun 2013

Rank #13

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Winn Feline Foundation 40th Annual Symposium - "Perplexing Paradigms of Feline Medicine"

Please join Winn Feline Foundation's 40th Annual Symposium on June 28th, 2018 with our speaker, Katie Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Trichomonosis is a rapidly emerging infectious disease of cats that is caused by the parasite, Tritrichomonas foetus. Unfortunately, little is understood about how this parasite causes disease and what methods can be used to treat it. Dr. Tolbert will discuss why infectious diarrhea such as that caused by T. foetusis such a concern for catteries and shelters. She will also share the results of her Winn-sponsored research investigating therapies for the treatment gastrointestinal ulceration in cats.


5 Jul 2018

Rank #14

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Cat Talk With Dr. Colleen Currigan of AAFP

Join Winn Feline Foundation's Executive Director, Dr. Vicki Thayer, in a conversation with Dr. Colleen Currigan. Dr. Currigan is the President-Elect of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and with the Cat Hospital of Chicago. The conversation covers some of the exciting new programs both Winn and AAFP are undertaking. With National Technician's Week in October, Winn has a new program, Honor a Technician, that recognizes the significant role licensed Veterinary Technicians play in veterinary practice. AAFP has their fast growing initiative for Cat Friendly Practice which has tools for team members such as veterinary technicians to help cats have a stress-free veterinary experience. Winn Feline Foundation endorses the importance of the Cat Friendly Practice for cats and the veterinary team. Learn more about how these programs can benefit cats and the people who love them. Winn Feline Foundation and AAFP are collaborating in efforts to tell others how important cats are to us in our daily lives and what we can do to benefit cats in return. Learn more about both organizations at www.winnfelinefoundation.org  and www.catvets.com. 


6 Oct 2015

Rank #15