If you own or care for a cat and are 18 years of age or older, you are invited to participate in this survey. The study is funded by the Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. The research is looking into antibiotic use and resistance, and what drives antibiotic prescription use and compliance. This complex subject needs to be approached from a variety of angles. One angle is looking at what pet owners perceive or want. This survey is designed to gather information about pet owners’ perceptions and preferences when treating their pets for an infection.
The survey, along with full details and ethics approval information, are available here:
The study's authors appreciate pet owner's help with this research. The previous study about antibiotic use in dogs (see an earlier post) provided some interesting and useful information. More details about that soon….
The picture above is of a group of ear mites found in a cat's ear. Pretty cool, eh? They are so tiny, magnification is needed to see them. This picture was taken through our microscope. The brownish debris seen near the mites is mite poop. When a cat has ear mites, they have dark brown "coffee-ground" like material in their ears from the mites and their poop. We have effective treatments for these mites and can get rid of them pretty easily. Can you imagine how loud they must sound crawling around in the cat's ear to the cat? The mites cause the cat's ears to be very itchy. Gross, but cool to see!